Fair elections won't necessarily stop conflict in Syria. The conflict in Syria is borne of the divisions between competing political, ethnic and religious interests. Even under a free election, not all these groups will achieve their wants or needs. The majority will get what they want, but the minority will still feel unheard and frustrated. Although fair elections are important, they won't solve the issues in Syria and the minority groups will still cause conflicts. A focused plan to address needs of all parties is more essential to peace than free elections are.