The Arab Spring And The Middle East

1981 Words Mar 17th, 2016 8 Pages
The Arab Spring has largely affected the politics in the Middle East. While Tunisia is arguably the only country that was able to find some sort of success from the uprisings, most of the other countries were not as lucky. Being such a microcosm, the middle east has become a place for larger players to fight for their interests through the use of proxies. A noteworthy example of this would be the civil war that is occurring in Syria. Pro-democracy protests broke out in the Southern city of Deraa after the arrest of some teenagers who had painted a revolutionary message on school wall (Syria: The Story of the Conflict). When security forces responded to by opening fire on demonstrators, killing many, even more citizens began flooding the streets. By July 2011, hundreds of thousands of civilians were taking to the street and demanding the resignation of the Assad regime and taking up arms to defend themselves against the government presence in their cities. What once started as a battle between those either for or against Mr. Assad has quickly spread into a sectarian battle of the large Sunni population and the President 's Shia Alawite sect. As a result of this, various regional and world powers have shown influence throughout the country, often times to advance their own interests. The United States threatened to intervene militarily after hundreds were killed in August 2013 as the result of rockets with nerve agent sarin being propelled into several neighborhoods in the…
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