Terrorism in Syria
by: Kristie L'Ecuyer
Relation to Topic
The Syrian Civil War
In Syria, the largest ethnic group are the Arabs, who make up 90% of the Syrian population. The next largest ethic group that make up 9% of Syria's population are the Kurds. Both of these ethnic group are categorized as Sunni Muslims, who have protested and complained over ethnic discrimination and denial of their cultural and language rights. The remaing 1% of the population consists of Amernians, Assyrians, Circassians, and Syrian Turkmen.
As for some of Syria's religious groups, the presidential al-Assad family is among the Alawite sect minority that consists of 12% of Syria's population. This family dynasty has maintained tight control on Syria's security services for over 40 years, generating resentment among some Sunni Muslims, a religious group that makes up about three quarters of Syria's population.
A Deadly Chemical Attack
Legal Action Being Taken
Themes of Geography
Place: Physically, the Syrian landscape is a mix of narrow coastal plains, desert plateaus, and mountains. In addition, Syria has a Mediterranean climate, with high temperatures in the summer and mild temperatures in the winter. As for its human characteristics, the diverse Syrian population officially speaks Arabic and relgiously practices Islam.
*Human Environment Interaction: As a result of the attack, the environment was negatively affected by the toxic chemical and killed, not only several people, but several animals as well as their habitats.
*Movement: The travel of the United Nation's investigators to examine the attack's aftermath is an example of movement, and will lead to further exchanges of communication.
*Region: Syria is located in the Middle East and Asia. In this particular incident, Syria's region has caused the Syrian Civil War due to its' politics.
In my opinion, both the government and opposition are at fault for letting their warfare tactics escalate so drastically that the number of casualities in the Syrian Civil War is rapidly growing.
In addition, I believe the UN needs to act as a mediator by intervining with military action as a resolution to prevent future chemical weapon attacks in Syria.
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