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Why There Isn’t Much Coverage of the Syrian Civil War

Dante Lopez-Bennett, Copy Editor

If I were to be the grandest architect of a scheme in which I Madoff with the spoils of war, I wouldn’t tell a soul. As if things were about to play out on stage, the curtains would remain closed so as to heighten the anticipation for all of those in attendance. As director of the newest newsworthy spectacle to be beheld, I’d make it so that there’s absolutely no need to hastily unveil what the audience already believes to be inevitable: more conflict and bloodshed. Much to the distaste of all those who hastily vouch for change and democratic freedom, the price paid for such things is blood. It’s a weary process I tell you. Assembling riots, and staging coups is really painstaking work.

And that brings me to my two ideas about why there isn’t much coverage of the Syrian civil war. The first being, that perhaps, things are about to take a turn for the worse and our hard-headed journalists are afraid to cover the reality.

I’m no genius telling you that the site of any bubbling newsworthy story is its loudest prior to the actual event taking place. Celebrities walk into the bright embrace of the paparazzi and not vice versa. If the war in Syria were to escalate, it would have the capacity to unravel the very existence of the world in moments. And so, you’d think that if anything, us as journalists would rush to this site with excitement prepared to galvanize the public to action. If all cameras directed attention to the reality in war-torn Syria, people would parade and clamor for intervention undoubtedly. Because really, who likes to see families shredded to bits and children gassed? If I’ve known journalists to be anything, it’s certainly not afraid, but outspoken. The media’s silence speaks volumes. When even the most outspoken of all our agents are not willing to be heard, you should really begin to wonder whether something is amiss.

Unfortunately, in similar vein, it also happens to be that in the moments prior to breaking news being cast, that the site of some events are at their most quiet. Especially in circumstances where things escalated quickly. Where all the witnesses heard was a scream, and saw flashes of light then a man be snapped to pieces. And this brings me to the second scenario on why there isn’t much coverage of the Syrian Civil War. Nobody can truly say that events in Syria have not been dialed down and removed from the public so as to not inspire fear and terror. In my assessment, these times, are the dwindling moments of hasty diplomacy before the powder keg explodes.

Control of the public morale is what I allege, as forces unbeknownst to us all are seeking to capitalize on our failure to understand this very moment. I mean is that farfetched? You do the math. What does it truly take to accomplish such a task? Nothing if not a couple blind eyes, disguise, and truths born of repeated lies. Nothing if not few agents and provocateur willing to employ saboteur in discreet affairs as intricately spun as the web of lies by the most deadly widow.

Leaders these days will tell you that staying woke is the answer and come to you by the guise of benevolence promising answers and resolutions to conflict.They’ll say that it’s time to put Assad aside and promise freedom. They’ll act as if it weren’t the case that all man’s kind has ever created, is good fellas and factions with the audacity to get rich and die having tried, even if it’s at the expense of lives. And the unamused public? We bat blind eyes like nocturnal mammals in daytime skies. For weeks straight, like months, with no end in sight to a conflict that’s displaced millions.

Let’s not act like major productions can’t also be delayed because there’s an incomprehensible stage fright, the likes of which have never before been seen and remain unbeknownst to the audience. Coverage of the events in Syria is no different, as we falter and fail, reluctantly second guessing as to how we can shed light on the reality of the subject, when we, ourselves don’t even know what is happening. Because if we are anything in this world of interconnectivity, it’s characters and actors.

Why we reckon that things like peace can only never happen everywhere, I will always wonder.

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