It has been almost 3 years since the civil war in Syria has raged. This conflict rages between the supporters of the totalitarian Ba’ath government and those who want to overthrow it. Thousands of homes destroyed, children and women massacred. Is it okay for the International community to allow this demonic trend to continue or does somebody step in to save a dying country? It is imperative for International intervention in Syria, as that might the last resort left.
The United States is also known to have strong tendencies to defend basic human rights whenever possible. This strong national support for humanitarianism stems far into US history with the Revolutionary war to the abolition and civil rights movements. The goal of US involvement in Syria would obviously be to save as many lives as possible from the oppressive regime of Al Assad (“No War”). Although it would be a difficult task, America is the only nation that can do it (Al-Jarba, Ahmad, and Idris). The US cannot afford to compromise its international credibility for even one calamity or the world will start to have its doubts.
This essay will focus on the ongoing civil war in Syria, which started in March 2011, when civilians started protesting for the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. This topic has several dimensions to it as the situation in Syria is quite complex and good cases can be made for both intensive international intervention (such as military intervention) and limited intervention (such as few sanctions and health aid provision). The unrest in Syria has been going on for three years now, over a hundred thousand lives have been lost and millions have been forced to flee from the country to become refugees in neighboring States. The Opposition is deeply divided and the only thing that can be agreed upon is the want for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. This topic provides us with the opportunity to evaluate why there has not been much successful intervention in Syria up till now.
Syria has been “in a state of political unrest” (Syria n.p.) since the twentieth century and now into the twenty-first century, due to the civilian outrage of governmental control and polices. The unstable political system, economy and tensions from religious groups are straining Syria and causing even more chaos within the country. March 2011 was the beginning of the Syrian Civil War against pro-democracy supporters, those who back the Assad regime and the military, in which thousands would be displaced and thousands would be killed. The Syrian Civil War may have roots dating back to clashes amongst Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims, who fuse Christian practices together with the Muslim tradition.
Although severe consequences come with the decision of war with Iraq, most blinded United States of America citizens are still yet persuaded to support such a war. The Bush Administration has covered their schemes of war with lies to gain support. While weapons of mass destruction is supposedly the reason why the United States launched military action to begin with, all the clearly ignored consequences will haunt their final decision of war, and will remind them how the war is not and never was justified. Whither the war is for the protection of the United States and their alliances, or for oil production and the spread of democracy, the United States is only intensifying the aggression of the situation. The Bush Administration’s plan for war in Iraq, violates International laws, furthermore being ethically wrong (Walton).