By Enrique Lopez.
Since 2011 the world opened its eyes to what could be considered one of the most brutal civil wars in history. What started with a series of peaceful demonstrations by a small group of people against the bigotry and excessive power of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, now has escalated to a point where the middle eastern country has the blood of approximately 220,000 people flowing relentlessly through its streets, half of whom it’s believed to be civilian blood, reports mercycorps .
Groups such as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, seem to be willing to do ANYTHING to whoever steps in their way to overthrow the Syrian government, who use kidnapping, torturing and killing as one of their most effective technique to gain more power in the territory.
By looking at the efforts done by different groups to try to solve this global crisis, the American government concludes than any of those strategies have been successful, the Arab League has demanded Assad to resign from power, but clearly the death and fleeing of millions of innocent civilians chip away at the credibility of these bold demands, remarks James S. Robins in his article from USnews . Banishing it into nothing else but a friendly reminder to the Syrian bigot.
As Ammar Abdulhamid, Syrian democracy activist and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies states in this article, How many Syrians Must Die Before a US Intervention.)after a Skype conference between Foundation for Defense Democracy, members of the American media and policy establishment in Washington D.C, and rebel leaders in the protest hubs of rural areas of the Syrian capital, Damascus, the opposition wants American intervention. They are requesting specific support from the American government, including the installment of “safe havens along Syria’s borders with Turkey and Jordan and the establishment of humanitarian corridors to provide support for protesters and those caught in the crossfire.”
According to a poll done by the website Debate, an approximate of 83% of the voters answered “yes” to the question, “Should we support Assad’s Syrian Government (yes) or the Free Syrian Army Rebels (no) in the ongoing Syrian Civil War?” Most of the answers in favor of this opinion include in their arguments that the main problem is not mainly coming from the Syrian government now, but it is now almost completely in hands of ISIS.
American President Barack Obama has called this crisis a “genocide”. The American leader expressed that by sending troops to combat this crisis would be “a humanitarian effort to save the lives of innocent civilians.”
What started with efforts from President Obama to don’t lead the US to ‘boots on the ground’ now has change. As shown in a short clip by CNN, the American president had to change his original perspective of not sending troops to strongly supporting the American involvement on the Syrian territory in order to “degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.” This shows that this situation has escalated into a point where the American president has shifted his perception of the issue.
As we have seen attempts of the United Nations peacekeeping forces being blocked by, as James S. Robbins describes on the USnews debate club, Assad regime’s “powerful friends” Russia and China, it seems to be that it is Obama’s time to “lead from the front”.
As we have seen in previous American intervention around the world, the idea of going to Syria and try to solve a problem that it is not ours is a really bad idea.
As the website fairobserver explains, “ Vietnam and Iraq stand out as two engagements in which American judgment was severely clouded, its estimate of the threat grossly exaggerated and understanding of the local political, cultural and historical context woefully inadequate. Americans paid the price for these errors — 58,000 lives lost in Vietnam and 4,500 in Iraq, tens of thousands more adversely impacted by physical and psychological wounds and trillions of Americans’ tax dollars spent. The toll on the countries themselves remains inestimable.
Based on the graph shown above by Nationalpriorities, the US has a history of spending by quantities of money when it comes to war expenses, and as many people predict, the war against Syria will not be an exception to this pricey pattern.
As Ammar Abdulhamid concludes in his article from the USnews debate club “Western powers have no choice but to intervene. Until outside forces compel them to stop, the Assad’s will continue their murderous rampage with utter impunity. Negotiations have failed, sanctions have failed.”
By sending troops to terminate the terrorist groups that prevail today in the Syrian territory who have unchained a domino effect of fear among residents that find fledgling from that dangerous place to somewhere safer seems to be the most viable and maybe unique solution to their fear. By combating this problem from the root, this root being ISIS, the domino’s would stop falling, and will make Syria a safe place again, allowing Syrians to stay at their home, and settle this global issues once and for all.