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More than one side to bloody Syrian conflict

I have some concern at what I perceive to be a lack of objectivity in the reporting of the current situation in Syria.

During a 32-year working career with an international organisation, I have lived and worked in many countries which suffered from conflict/violence often as result of outside involvement/interference. Among them are Israel, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast.

I am in regular contact with former colleagues residing in Syria. Syria has had an "open" society for many decades. My family and I Iived in Damascus for eight years. Western culture is the main form of influence. Minority religions are allowed function, including Christians and Jews. Can the same be said for many other states in the region which practice restricted forms of democracy and no religious freedom? Yet no complaints from major Western powers. Why not?

Could it be that those states permit some Western powers to maintain military bases on their territory?

The international media has established that armed elements have entered Syria. Many are known Al Maida operatives. At least one, we are told, had been a long-term resident of Ireland. Does the Government of Syria not have the right to defend itself?

Michael A Moriarty
Rochestown
Cork