I know I said I’d do an author review a couple days ago, but my family went out again for a couple days, so I wasn’t able to. I’ll do the author review tomorrow; today, I’d like to blog about something important.
It seems that military intervention of some form in Syria by foreign countries is imminent. This global response has been triggered by the fact that the Syrian government appears to have used chemical warfare against its rebel citizens last week. Chemical warfare has been outlined as crossing a red line; it is something the international community will not tolerate. Because of this, some countries, the USA, Britain, and France among the leaders, want to punish Syria by launching missiles at what they believe are areas harboring terrorists.
In my opinion, military intervention should be avoided at all costs. Really, what good will it do? It will provoke a response from Syria and its allies, that much is obvious. Russia, Iran and China are powerful allies, so why would the USA want to get on their wrong side? Furthermore, how is the answer to alleged violence – more violence? Initiating a war almost never makes sense, and it doesn’t in this case. Syria has not attacked America, the leading aggressor for military action. It is a country dealing with civil war; why should America get involved at all? What benefit is there? America has repeatedly stated that there is solid evidence against the Syrian government in this crime, but the public has yet to be offered that evidence. In fact, the UN Inspection crew’s data has not even been fully evaluated yet. America must offer the proof behind these allegations before acting.
Even if the allegations are true, they should not get involved in a civil war; it will further destabilize the already inflammabe region, initiate a useless war, wreak international diplomatic havoc, and throw America further into debt. There is no evidence that a Rwanda Genocide-like event will occur; therefore, America should let Syria sort out its own problems, and resort to nonviolent forms of retaliation if the allegations are true. The rest of the world has not been so keen to resort to violence. Britain’s House of Commons rejected British military intervention in Syria, a major blow to the credibilty of Prime Minister David Cameron. Syria may very likely attack Israel, an American ally, if America attacks them. A snowball effect will occur, inevitably resulting in a war.
Obama is now waiting for Congress to decide what action will be taken against Syria. Based on the information that is known, I sincerely hope he opts against military intervention. It may seem naive to quote Gandhi, but “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Whatever the case, we’ll soon know exactly what is going to happen in Syria. I understand that it’s difficult for people like Obama and Cameron when making decisions of this scale, but I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that no one wants a war that is preventable.