I believe the US should take the role that the International community takes. We are not the world police, it is not our duty to intervene in every international crisis. Of course, the use of chemical weapons is extremely regrettable. I think the International community should ABSOLUTELY take action, but an effort by the United States alone to oust the Assad Regime would engage us in another costly war with little results. We are involved in so many International conflicts right now, and we have problems of our own to face in the United States. Lets stop being the world police and encourage a UN resolution. The International community must work together to hold the Assad Regime, and other dictatorships accountable.
As the Obama admin continues its ambivalence towards the conflict, deep divisions have formed within Syria. The war is complicated, messy, and only getting worse.
There isn’t much that Obama can do without scrutiny — physical involvement in Syria would mean the beginning of a war that nobody can afford, but support through weaponry could be used against us (many extremist groups are involved with the rebels that the admin claims to support). Yet if they admin remains inactive, voicing support without backing it up, it is subject to criticism because this designates an opportunity for extremist groups like the Al Nusra Front to gain popularity amongst rebel groups that are desperate for help. There are plenty of aid/humanitarian organizations present in Syria, but no cohesive government effort to support the rebels and oust Assad.
Originally, the line of intervention was drawn at the use of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime. But as evidence amounts that the regime has indeed crossed that boundary, Obama still remains reluctant to take action.
It seems there is almost no right course of action. What is the US role in the Syrian conflict? Do we have an obligation to support people struggling to retain basic rights? Must we follow up on our previous assertions and declarations of support, even if the rebels are involved with extremist groups?
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I support setting up some sort of safe zone for rebels. Although, I do not support military combat actions. They will most likely fail. Also, at this point the rebels have mixed with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. If we supply them with weapons there is no way to track where these weapons could end up. Its too late to get involved now, all we can do is provide humanitarian aid, such as setting up a safe zone.
We said that chemical weapons were the line. Assad crossed it. We need to support the rebels now. Arms and money. If the international community doesn’t like it, so what? What will they do? Since when has America listened to other countries trying to dictate what WE, America, do?
Hard question. Good discussion. Issue is further complicated by Syrian army crossing into Israel & the border war heating up there. Chemical weapons are unacceptable. From international reporting I have read, both Assad and rebels are torturing each other’s captives. Bombing chemical weapons delivery systems may help; I wouldn’t put US troops on the ground there.
I’m just going to point out that no one in the Syrian conflict is completely innocent and there have been reports that the rebels may at one point also had Sarin gas. If the U.S. is going to get involved in this conflict it should be making sure this conflict doesn’t spill over into Turkey, Lebanon, or Israel. If N.A.T.O. wants to set up a no fly zone I’m fine with that, but getting involved in any other way will be a huge mistake.
Almost all of our allies in the Middle East wants our help… and right now we’re basically ignoring them. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Isreal, Jordan, Egypt…they all want us to intervene in Syria with the hopes that our help will stop this war. So, it’s clear that we must do something. But we have to be careful here, really careful. If Iraq and Afghanistan are any indication, let it be for what NOT to do and let’s begin to adopt policies of containment and alleviation such as protecting the innocent civilians as well as governance support.
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