Cries of freedom and democracy could be heard across Syrian today, as over a million Syrians took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad – the strongman who has maintained a repressive regime lasting 50 years – is desperately trying to keep a grip on power.
In response to today’s rallies, the regime ruthlessly shot live ammunition into crowds of unarmed protesters, killing at least 20 and bringing the death toll to over 1400 this year.
In addition, over 20,000 people have been arrested and are being held in torture camps and makeshift prisons around the country.
Much of the developed world could learn something from these brave Syrians. So many of us take democracy and freedom for granted, even to the point of willfully allowing it to erode.
Yet here, in Syria, as with the other nations undergoing revolutions, normal people are willing to die just to openly voice their discontent.
This is why it is so very imperative that we stay vigilant against tyranny – because once a dictatorship comes into power, it usually takes spilled blood to get them out.