A World-Changing Conflict of the Present: The Syrian Civil War

What comes to your mind when you think of civil war? One may think of the Civil War of the United States and how the North defeated the South with their justice. However, even the “honorable” and “noble” freedom fighters committed horrible crimes during the period of war. War will change people, and the Syrian war is no different.

Wars have not happened just in Syria. The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave that influenced the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the more major events have happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Bahrain. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and some are still on the battlefield fighting for change.

The biggest and most significant battlefield is without a doubt Syria. In this once-peaceful country, an ongoing 7-year conflict has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people; some soldiers, many innocents. The fifteen boys that had been arrested on the 6th of March did not expect such a catastrophic uprising against their own government. Although they knew their regime was brutal, they did not know that it would be so unforgiving, and they certainly did not know that their own people would be as remorseless as their leaders.

This conflict may end as soon as tomorrow, or as late as in 200 years. The number of different fighters of the war with different beliefs and different objectives has made the struggle hard to resolve, with outside countries complicating the situation even further by taking their own sides. A large number of people around the world know of this situation, but few have any idea to put an end to the war. All I have to say is that we must do something before it is too late.

Dropping the Bass, Literally

The found poem above represents page three of “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W. D. Wetherell shows the Man vs. Nature conflict between the narrator, the protagonist, and the bass. An unfortunate turn of events becomes worse when a bass is hooked onto the narrator’s fishing rod. This bass is the biggest bass that the narrator has ever caught, and he must decide on whether to catch the bass and give up on Sheila, or to hide his love of fishing from Sheila and give up the bass. The secondary conflict between the narrator and the bass is not the main conflict of the story, but it plays a significant part in both propelling the story forward and forcing the protagonist to make a decision. “I had managed to keep the bass in the middle of the river away from the rocks, but it had plenty of room there, and for the first time a chance to exert its full strength.” The bass is in control of the boat, and the narrator is fighting against it, while attempting to not alert Sheila.  The narrator is divided, as his desire of fishing is equal to his desire of Sheila, but choosing one will give up the other.”…the extra strain on the line, the frantic way [the bass] cut back and forth in the water.” Tension builds as more action happens between the narrator and the bass. The addition of the bass in the rising action is crucial to the subsequent events that happen in the plot; the bass represents the narrator’s passion, and Sheila represents his desire beyond reach. The rest of the action leading up to the climax is based entirely on the struggle between the narrator and the bass.