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America's Involvement in the Syrian Uprising

Essay By: jessicadowd
War and military

An essay written for a college English class.

Submitted:Jan 15, 2014    Reads: 12    Comments: 0    Likes: 1   

As a relatively young country, Syria has had more than its fair share of political and military hardships. In the late sixties Syria and its Arab allies were defeated by Israeli forces for their involvement in the Arab-Israeli war. This loss caused hostility and political uncertainty between the two countries and inevitably embodied itself in Syria as protesters rose in resistance of the controlling Baathist establishment. The Baathist party is a socialist movement led by Bashar al-Assad and has maintained political control for fifty years, leading into the current civil war. The Arab Spring activism in Tunisia and Egypt has motivated the Syrian community to stand up against Assad's administration, growing increasingly weary with his slow political process and demanding democratic reforms. Their government, like a betrayed parent with rebellious children, has reacted with extreme measures, which then caused protesters to become progressively organized and violent. The ascending tensions and recent accusations of the government's use of chemical weapons on their own people have drawn the attention of volunteer rebel soldiers from numerous Middle Eastern countries and the international community, including America. Our President, not unlike the leaders of several other countries, is considering significant interference, including unilateral missile strikes. Roughly 6 in 10 Americans oppose unilateral missile strikes against Syria, and even more are against assisting Syrian rebels. Personally, I'm a fan of the idea of America sitting this one out.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, has referred to the claims of Syria using chemical weapons as 'utter nonsense'. Russia is a long-term ally of the Syrian government and when faced with the suggestion of America intervening, Putin was quoted: "I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties." And America wouldn't be the only one threatened. America is Israel's strongest ally, and if the U.S. performs military action in Syria, it could put Israel at risk of being attacked, which would then throw the rest of the Middle Eastern area into conflict. Clearly, America cannot take military action without drawing the attention of unwanted retaliations.
America's taxpayers have been giving up per hour for twelve years just for the past two wars. The United States is, so far, 17 trillion dollars in debt and the National Debt increased an average of almost 2 billion per day since 2012. So you tell me, do you think America can afford to initiate another war?
A good part of America votes that Obama requires congressional approval for his decision to assault Syria, and polls suggest that the numbers will only go up from here. Support for intervention in the U.S. has increased over the past week, however over half of America is still opposing it. Despite suspicions of chemical weapons, the public is more supportive of the idea of launching cruise missiles from U.S. naval ships. Though the nation is divided over the outlook of any possible affliction, it's fairly clear-cut that the good people of America simply don't want to interfere.
USA has plenty of alternatives to military action. America should be actively supporting Syria's democratic crusade every way possible, short of direct military action. The U.S. could encourage other attentive nations to financially support Syrian's democratic demonstration and to subsidize restoration there after Assad's departure, work the Arab organization, taking into account they concur that Assad must leave, or "lead from behind", like we did in Libya, with other active unions taking effective part in the current militant activities versus Assad. There are too many psychical, bureaucratic and pragmatic difficulties and there are multiple ways we can help Syria without duplicating Iraq's mistakes.


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