Sources of Disagreement in Current Day Democracies
Since its inception, democracy has always been difficult to administer and some people have capitalized on the loopholes it has to bring about conflict. However, this doesn’t mean that democracy is a source of conflicts since it has its own pros. Conflicts can be brought by numerous needs connected one another and issues addressed for some long period of time. In Syria the situations have increased conflicts in between tribes, wars with government and the population at large.
Conflicts in democracies have been brought about chiefly by a variety of factors. These include economic, political, and military factors. In politics, conflict occurs when people think the existing government is denying a section of population some rights or distributing the available resources unequally. When citizens blame the government which misuses the available scarce resources for personal gain, this can sometime lead to conflict between the two parties.
Conflicts driven by two groups, say ethnic, can be escalated to a national level. Ethnic affiliations, political views, among others are the most dominant factors that lead to these escalations. The biggest tribes, on the other hand, will always feel like they deserve more than the other tribes when it comes to resource allocation. Conflicts arise whenever there is an indication than one group is getting more than the other.
Economically, the people may feel that the government distributes natural resources unequally. As a result, there is formation of rebel groups and other factors that eventually cause conflicts. When these conflicts occur in particular areas, people will pull out of these places as it is the cases with the Syrian oil fields. As a result, mining companies cannot operate in the region and the economy has suffered as a result. These mining fields are often left untouched since any involvement by the government or other parties will lead to war more often.
With divisions in the military the country is left with an army that is dysfunctional. The army becomes an instrument for committing crimes against civilians and preventing the people from voicing their opinions against poor governance as well as corruption, among other factors. In the end, the national army is implicated in several theft, human rights violations, and extortion cases, which in most regions aren’t brought before the court.
Greed amongst the political class has brought about conflicts in democratic countries. While the hardworking taxpayers are contributing money for building up infrastructure and service provision, politicians might embezzle the funds leading to protests and eventually conflicts. The major cause of conflict in these situations is the existence or pro-government and anti-government groups which often clash leading to a nationwide war.