The Syrian Civil War

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The Syrian civil war commenced in March 2011 and is currently at its peak with the influences of several states including Russia, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and the United States of America, groups such as the rebels, Kurds, and terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS. The war has become a tragedy worldwide, with the displaced 4.1 million Syrian refugees, the 310,000 deaths and casualties ranging from 750,000 to 1,000,000 . Although Syria has been facing this state of crisis, the U.S. has not had much involvement in Syria with the exception of airstrikes against ISIS. In order to understand why there has not been further involvement, one must understand the core interest of the United States. The United States is invested in assuring the safety of American civilians, there are also economic interest in relations to the booming oil business in this area, lastly it is in the United States best interest to prevent any acts of terrorism against our nation, especially given our previous tragic experience with 9/11. Currently, we stand in a tough position attempting to seek out the best decision in regards to the Syrian civil war and ISIS. Although there are many opposing views on the topic, given ISIS’s fanaticism of violence and terrorism the U.S. should continue to bomb ISIS targets to prevent an ISIS victory, while being cautious about any further involvement in Syria. Many argue that as the worlds major power the United States needs to continue to provide military and logistical assistance to the rebel groups. These rebels consist mainly of the Free Syria Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni tribes and Iraqi security forces. However, it is imperative that the U.S. does not come to aid the Syrian rebels. Why? W... ... middle of paper ... ...udget of $30 million for all international operations. To put that to scale, according to Al Araby Al Jadeed, ISIS’s budget now stands at $2bn with a surplus of $250m” 10. A problem of morality rises with this decision. What do we then do about the humanitarian crisis? There are already 4.1 million refugees as noted before, and this number increases daily. It is heartbreaking that the decision to have no other involvement in Syria would exclude the refugees, but it is also important to note that the United States is in fact willing to help economically. “The Administration…seeks more than $1.6 billion in Syria-related FY2016 humanitarian aid and refugee response funds” 11. Therefore, I understand that this alternative may not in fact address all the problems, however, this decision would encompass the core interest of the United States thus making it by far the best.

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