Protesters/Rebels protesting against President Bashar al-Assad seized a tower block used as a base for pro-Gaddafi snipers. In response, the governments troops opened fire on protests, killing up to 20 people. d. Identify two international responses that seem significant. i. The international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its people, was (once it was proven) very strong, swift and negative.
Later in the war it was revealed that there were never any WMDs. So beyond the decision that was seemingly wrong after a decade of fighting to enter a way with Iraq, the US government lied to prolong the war and continue to waste resources. The reasons for going to war with Iraq were just and reasonable. Terrorists from Iraq attacked national monuments and important US buildings killing many innocent people. It turn, the bush administration put forth a statement to rid the middle east of their WMDs and to impose a “power house” of sorts to keep terrorism out of America.
With the heat turning up in Syria, President Assad used chemical warfare to eliminate these rebel forces, described as “terrorists.” The entire situation can be seen through two different lenses, the President Assad sees the rebels as terrorists, trying to overrun the country (which they are). However, the Syrian opposition see themselves as patriots standing up to the oppressive dictator and bringing justice to their country. 2. The two most important issues facing my country are the displacement of Syrians and the constant disagreeing taking place in Geneva regarding Syria. Syrians, obviously living oppressed do what any logical person would do, leave.
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.
An attack on the Syrian state would fall within the boundaries of the international concept of the responsibility to protect. The crisis in Syria has escalated by protests in March 2011 calling for the release of all political prisoners. National security forces responded to widespread peaceful demonstrations with the use of brutal violence. The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused to stop attacks and allow for implementation of the reforms requested by the demonstrators. By July 2011, firsthand accounts emerged from witnesses, victims, and the media that government forces had subjected innocent civilians to detention, torture, and the use of heavy weaponry.
I find these recent outbreaks of hatred as pure ignorance. They can’t even image agreeing with each other. In years past United States presidents have tried, but only to see more killing. I believe as a nation we need to hold a diplomatic session with both nations, and maybe this will have impact on them to see the mass destruction and economic hardships on their nations. I can’t understand, or imagine living in a world where you can’t even go to the mall for risk of some maniac that might come storming in and blow himself up, or riding the public transportation for fear of being killed by a bomb.
The original theories on why US troops initially went to war are false and US troops have no reason to still be in Iraq after six years. Several troops are dying because of road bombs while in Iraq and some taking their own lives due to extreme post traumatic stress disorder after returning from this gruesome war. President Obama must stop the war and end the countless deaths. Many Americans would agree that the war in Iraq is unjustified, poorly managed and should end soon!
In March 2011, there were protests against the government and al-Assad. While protesting a group of teens painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall, and they were soon imprisoned. This enraged the rest of the Syrian population because the group of teens were being tortured by the government. Once the government released them there was more protesting. The police shot and killed a 4 protesters.
(Heuvel) Later, the Bush Administration stated that Iraq possessed terrible weapons of mass destruction. Secretary of State Colin Powell was sent to the United Nations, to make the Bush administration's case for preemptive war against Iraq. His case presented several accusations but very little new information or proof that weapons of mass destruction are actually present in Iraq. "Nearly all of his evidence was largely circumstantial or speculative"(Heuvel). Not only will this war take the lives of a nation where over 50% of the population is children under the age of 15, but it will also endanger our own troops because of inexcusable negligence by our government.
All of these things fueled the anti-war movement. People began to draft dodge and staged demonstrations. At Kent State University four students were killed by the National Guard and this shocked the public. The war was making the USA increasingly unstable. The one event that had a particularly devastating effect on American and international support for the war was the Mai Lai Massacre.