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5 Historical Monuments Have Been Destroyed Forever During Syria's Civil War

5 Historical Monuments Have Been Destroyed Forever During Syria's Civil War | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Syria's incredible historical heritage is being blasted to pieces.

 

As Syria's tragic civil war continues without a resolution in sight, the conflict's death toll continues to soar. But this isn't the only disastrous consequence of the conflict — Syria's breathtaking historical and architectural heritage is being blasted to pieces by the ongoing civil war, too.


Via Seth Dixon
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The human toll is the worst result of this civil war, but there is the loss of historical and cultural sites that will also hurt this entire region.  The castle above is one of the finest examples of a Crusader Castle build in the old Crusader Kingdoms.  Having a western architecture smack in the Middle East is just awe inspirering.  The beautiful mosques that have been destroyed is like having Norte Dame in Paris destroyed, it is part of their past, their culture.  The human cost is immeasurable, but so is the historical loss.

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A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.

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I understand the need to do something and I also understand why Americans do not want to do this.  However I believe something should be done as it seems we all are forgetting our history.  Does anyone remember 9/30/1938.  A speech given by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "...peace of our time."  He was talking about the Munich Agreement where Hitler promised that Czechoslovakia would be his last territorial grab.  Well we all know what that led to.  We cannot appease or let people get away with actions like this.  If he is allowed to use the gas on his own people whats to stop him from using it on Turkey, Israel or even in the US as part of a terrorist attack.  Just something else to think about .. an old quote which is a paraphrase, those who do not learn history will be doomed to repeat it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:36 AM

The world is waiting to see how the drama in the Middle East unfolds. 

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History of revolts and future geopolitics in the Middle East | Pakistan Tribune

History of revolts and future geopolitics in the Middle East | Pakistan Tribune | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Regularly, when spring comes, people expect flowers and green shoots and optimism prevails. Alas, things in the Middle East are quite different. With every
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A view from Pakistan on the Arab sprink and the future on the Middle East.  A very interesting read. 

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Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria

Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The attack was confirmed by an Obama administration official. The revelation came as Syria met a deadline to destroy chemical production facilities.
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The situation is Syria is still in flux and very dangerous.  It seems that they are cooperating with the chemical weapon sanctions that the UN wants but they are still buying Russian weapons for Hezbollah.  Israel has struck before at weapons bound of Hezbollah from Syria.  The weapons are usually long range missles that Hezbollah can use against aircraft, ships and land targets fired from inside Syria.  State support terrorism..I think this shows it is still around.....

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The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force?

The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Many people inside the Beltway doubt that President Obama will succeed in convincing Congress to authorize a military strike against ... (Has Congress ever turned down a president's request to authorize military force?
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Interesting to see that Congress has say no in the past, albeit very much in the past.  Since that time the US has used its military power under the authority of the President as Commander in Chief and not with a formal declartion of war from Congress.  The President has the power and the right to have military actions, but should he wield it.  Just because you have the power does not mean you should always use it.

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A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next

A parched Syria turned to war, scholar says; Egypt may be next | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Prof. Arnon Sofer sets out the link between drought, Assad’s civil war, and the wider strains in the Middle East; Jordan and Gaza are also in deep trouble, he warns

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Seems that water, not oil, might be the cheif source of conflict in North Africa, the Middle East, and Africa in general in the near future.  Water, like food, is the most basic resource we need to survive.  If that is cut off people as well as nations are more likely to go war over water, since we know they will over oil.  The climate change is more than just rising water on coast lines, it effects the water supply of nations and regions that have issues getting fresh water even without the climate change.  Seems we have to solve the water problem, as well as the oil problem now.

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 11:25 AM

The article explains how population growth, climate change, drought, and water shortages could have contributed to the rise of war in Syria. This is an interesting interpretation, one which certainly could have been a contributing factor, but not all the Arab Spring can be attributed to water shortages so it is not a direct cause. The water shortages in Syria and a lack of government response certainly could have fanned flames which already existed due to an oppressive regime and regional conflicts. Climate change gets a lot of attention for the potential damage it could do to the environment, but I had not given much thought to the conflicts it could cause between nations and peoples.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 3:22 PM

Egypt may be the next country to be in deep trouble. With so many militant attacks coming out of Egypt to being with there is no surprise that the Middle East thinks it will be next on the list.

Pamela Hills's curator insight, July 18, 8:37 AM

 A world at war and hot spots are growing with people caught in middle <3