By Lauren Dickens
On Thursday Nov. 24, the Arab League will meet in Qatar to determine the next steps that need to be taken surrounding the Syrian uprising. After the Ba’ath Party headquarters was attacked in the capitol city of Damascus, the Arab League set a deadline to determine the next phase for the country and possible exclusion from the league.
This all came about after protesters riding motorbikes threw grenades at the headquarters and then launched two rocket-propelled grenades at an outside wall of the building.
However, while the Arab League wants the meeting to push forward, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem thinks the meeting of the league is unimportant and needs to question the Arab League chief before continuing.
The Arab League
One thing that was mentioned in the Washington Post article was Condeleeza Rice’s view of the whole situation. As a former secretary of state, she thinks that by overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad it will “lead to a more peaceful Middle East.” She chose not to acknowledge that Syria is not the only country in the Middle East facing political strife. It seemed to me like she thinks if all the protest in Syria end then all of the Middle Eastern countries will be happy; I disagree. Libya is still dealing with the aftermath of the overthrow of their government and Quaddafi’s Intelligence chief, Abdulla Senussi, was just seized on Saturday.
Those interviewed for the Washington Post, including Rice and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, didn’t have hopeful thoughts concerning the league meeting while the Gulf News seemed to have a more optimistic outlook and tone to its article.
In a way, I think if the meeting goes as planned it could be good for Syria to have some outside help in their political conflict. However, talking and doing are two different things. The Arab League can talk until everyone is voiceless, but if no action gets taken then it’s all useless. President Bashar al-Assad has said in the past that he’s going to stop using force but have we actually seen anything being done? I think the president knows exactly what is going on and he is just trying to drag it out as long as he possibly can. On Thursday the league will come to a conclusion on what to next. All we can do is wait and see if the outcome will be better or worse for the country. If the meeting does not go well, then more bad consequences on the country will be likely.