Bashar Al-Assad is the current president in Syria and rules as a dictator like his father did before him, but this does not please the Syrian public. The people started peaceful protests in 2011 but the government responded very violently which out broke into civil war. The war has been devastating to many people but it does not seem to be ceasing. With the combined turmoil of the rest of the Middle East, some researchers believe that a massive war could be coming; some even say that Word War 3 is on its way. There appears to be many possible outcomes for the war but it is still very unclear what is to come of Syria as a country when it is all over.
In 2011 The United States participated in a United Nations Sanctioned strike on Libya in order to protect the citizens, according to UN resolution 1973 stating that it would allow all actions in order to protect civilian from the Gaddafi Regime. Seemingly at the same time unrest in Syria began with the Assad regime falling into civil war claiming more lives and use of chemical weapons against civilians, yet there is little to no action from the United States and the UN. Due to the increased complexity of the situation between Syria and the United States making decisive action is more difficult than conducting strike like done in Libya. With Veto from Russia and China baring action from the UN Security Council, showing that Russia Favors the Assad regime as it is pro-Russian and the fact that Al-Qaeda has infused its self in to the rebels side setting up networks and essentially taking over the fight for the rebel by infusing themselves with in the group. Make action from the US very difficult.
Another example is Syria, which has a history with major human rights violations, is going through a civil war. When governments like Syria which was formerly a unitary government takes control over people lives, the citizens of Syria demand some type of equality. In a realistic perspective, how does one person have control of another person’s life, when we are all humans? The Syrian government hasn’t been getting involved in any of the human violations issues with the mass murdering from the rebels. Other foreign countries like the United States, France, and Britain should get involved and attempt to stop the murdering and helped fix the problems or try to discuss a method to tame the rebels.
With their advanced technology, the United States’ military could strategize smartly where Hussein was and captured him. Because Hussein was accused for having in possession nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction, the capture certainly was a relief for the whole world. Another positive effect of the Iraqi War is the opportunity of Iraq to a new government. Gubash mentions about the war effect on Iraqi government, “The U.S. – led overthrow of a dictator has accelerated the pressure for political and social reform that began in the wake of September 11, 200, terrorist attacks. For years, people have been clamoring for democratic reform while Arab regimes have just as staunchly resisted any change that that would erode their grip on power” (4).
ISIS is mainly made of Sunni Arabs from Iraq and Syria. Sunni and Shiites Muslims are the two major denominations of Islam. The U.S. president Barack Obama says: “Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group” (Contorno, 2015). The rhetorical analysis of Obama message is that he imposed airstrikes on ISIS, which some people agree with. However, others would argue that good speech and no action is meaningless and a waste of time and resources.
We were complicit in the birth of this regime through an unconstitutional act of foreign aggression. Then, in the late 1970’s President Carter invigorated that Hussein invades Iran, hoping to remove the Islam regime there. Hundreds of thousands of deaths occurred because of this invasion and we did absolutely nothing to protest these brutal violations of human rights because we were behind it. Hussein used chemical weapons in this invasion and nobody protested this either. (Babka) In 2002, George W. Bush sent a letter to Congress requesting the authorization he needed to use military force against Iraq.
The war in Iraq is over now. Looking back on a huge controversy makes one side seem clearly more “correct” than the other. Yet in the beginning there were two sides to the controversy about the war in Iraq. There was the terror brought upon by the 9/11 attacks, people that the government wished to punish or kill like Saddam Hussain and Osama Bin Laden, and a country which was in “need” of US help both politically and financially. At the time of the Terrorist attacks, people were afraid of what else the terrorists were planning or could do and so George Bush sent troops in to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
It would not be the first time that America has tried to stay out of a war, we have done so in more atrocious wars like the genocide put on by the Nazis. I think America intervened in Israel for more political reasons than anything else. Due to our foreign policy in the Middle East, over the years we’ve acquired many enemies and adversaries, one of them being Osama Bin Laden. When we set up military bases in Saudi Arabia during and after the Gulf War, it exaggerated Osama’s anger because Saudi Arabia houses two of the holiest Islamic shrines. The build up of this anger led to the sad tragedy of the September 11th terrorist attack on America.
What stimulated Washington to act in those days was the argument of “never again” that led to the bombing decision to be taken (Moyn 4). However, there is skepticism that the US never acts wholly on moral intentions. The other reaction to military action is based on anti-imperialism argument. This group argues that in the history of great powers, slaughter of civilians has occurred, especially in Middle East (Moyn 4). The US led, war on terror, support... ... middle of paper ... ...l bloodshed and would not leave behind a stable, strong, or safe Syria” (Zager).
The Syrian conflict is being prolonged because of President Bashar al-Assad’s unwillingness to relinquish power. Syria has had a very turbulent past filled with governmental change and violence; based on a BBC timeline many key details of its history include the following: In October 1918, it gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire and then in 1920 Syria came under French control. It remained under French control until 1946 when the last French troops withdrew from the country. In 1947 the Arab Socialist Baath Party was formed. The United Arab Republic was formed from the union of Egypt and Syria in 1958.