Since I Studied Diplomacy and International Relations at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy, I thought I would write about something political for a change.
March 15, 20ll will forever be remembered in history. A day that will live in infamy. It marks the start of a catastrophe. It was supposed to be the beginning of Syria’s Arab Spring; the advent of a great revolution; A new beginning. Two years Later this “revolution” has been classified as a civil war which, has, in fact, transformed into a humanitarian crisis. The Syrian people are living a great tragedy. Every single day is a struggle. Graphic Images and videos of the massacres which the Syrian Government is committing flood the internet.No one can deny what is happening.The proof is evident.
Desperate, Displaced, Dead
According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, over 2 million Syrians have been forced to flee and over 4 million are displaced internally. By the end of August, the UNHCR reported that among the 2 million refugees, there are 110,000 in Egypt, 168,000 in Iraq,460,000 in Turkey, 516,00 in Jordan, and 716,000 in Lebanon. About 52% of this refugee population is comprised of children 17 years old and younger. Syrian refugee children exceed 1 million.
The United Nations and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights both report over 100,000 have been killed in the Crisis.
A declassified government intelligence assessment holds the Assad regime accountable for a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus, which killed 1,429 people. 426 of the people attacked were children.
The losers in this war, seem to be, ultimately, the children of Syria. They have been robbed of their homes, parents, and their lives have been cut short. All of this is thanks to the Assad regime and their desperate attempts to remain in power.
The Iraq Comparison
Simply put, you cannot even begin to compare the two. “I do not agree that these are similar situations,” says White House Deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, he continues: ““There are some very important differences. What we saw in that circumstance was an administration that was searching high and low to produce evidence to justify a military invasion – an open-ended military invasion of another country, with the final goal being regime change. That was the articulated policy of the previous administration.” When asked about what evidence he was referring to the deputy press secretary responded by saying: ““That evidence exists thanks to social media, thanks to some of the videos that have been broadcast, thanks to some of the good work that independent journalists are doing on the ground, thanks to the reports of non-governmental organisations that are on the ground trying to meet the needs of the Syrian people.”
Those who use the Iraq Comparison act as though the U.S. is going for a direct invasion of Syria. The government is seeking approval from congress for limited military action. This, would be, preferable seeing as the people of the Middle East still hold sensitivities regarding the U.S. and it’s military intervention. According to a poll by NBC, the U.S. public is more disposed to favoring a limited cruise missile launch, with 50 percent in favor and 44 percent opposed.
It will obviously be difficult to rally support for U.S. intervention in Syria, by the U.S. people, especially since the ghost of the Iraq War still haunts us but, it is imperative for the public to push for such action. The Iraq War was a war built upon suspicions, assumptions, if you may however, intervention in Syria is inevitable. The Crisis in Syria was created by Syrians. The Iraq War was declared by the U.S. The war in Syria was intended to cause change for the better but, instead, Syria is worse than ever. U.S. Intervention can only make things better not worse.Assad has already crossed all the “red lines” President Barack Obama has placed. This regime has no respect for rule of law, nor will it respect international law in the future. The United States must take action to stop the proliferation of chemical weapons within Syria and to stop these weapons from getting into the hands of terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah.
It is in the interest of the U.S and the International Community to end the Crisis in Syria. Weakening the Syrian Military by using limited Military Strikes seems to be the best course of action to take at this time before the number of casualties gets even higher.