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Russian and Assad Regime Actions in Syria Will Radicalize Even More People in the Levant

The findings of human starvation, cluster bombings of women and children, gassing deaths of children, bombardments of civilians and the accidental drownings of desperate people on the seas in search of safety, are horrific realities of Bashar al Assad's war upon his people. With a reported 250,000 people killed so far in the five-year conflict, conditions in Syria appear to have deteriorated ever since Russia joined the fray last year on the behalf of the Assad government.

Reports of civilian deaths from starvation in besieged towns and from Russian bombs across Syria, do suggest that more Syrians could become radicalized because of Russia's direct involvement in the conflict. Civilian anger at Russia is heard in the voices of the thousands newly displaced. 

Russian air strikes, according to humanitarian groups in Syria and in London, continue to target and to kill civilians. Russian air power has also allowed Assad's regime forces to advance on the city of Aleppo, where tens of thousands of additional refugees are attempting to enter Turkey to safety from bombs. There is a real worry that should Russian bombings persist, as many as another 1-million refugees could make a dash for the Turkish border.

Reputable social scientists have been starkly silent to warn of the dangers of greater radicalization of youth brought to wrought by Russian continued bombings in Syria. Yet, logic holds that more young and older people -  effected by Russia's  bombs, could become deeply radicalized in the near future jeopardizing any hopes to a stable Middle East.