Syria: To Bomb Again or Not?
5 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018 Last revised: 13 May 2018
Date Written: April 14, 2018
The conflict in Syria is one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Since December 2017, over 5.4 million people have fled the war in Syria seeking refuge in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Another 6.3 million people have been forcefully displaced inside Syria (IDPs). News broke out suspecting that President Bashar al-Assad's regime had used chemical attacks to strike the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus. This prompted western governments' outrage and pressure began to mount for a forceful response despite lack of a convincing proof that the chemical strike was carried out by the Syrian government. Nonetheless, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, asserts "proof" that last week the Syrian government attacked with chemical weapons. President Trump, who recently said he wants to pull the United States out of Syria, has more recently declared that the missiles 'will be coming" towards Syria. On April 13th he ordered strikes on Syrian targets.
As was the case with Iraq, Libya, and now Syria, major western news agencies have fill the papers with justifications for bombing Syria. The enthusiasm for advocating for war wrapped in a moral need for violence, masks obvious consequences, an overt attack on Syria can provoke a greater war in the Middle East and bring the U.S. into direct confrontation with Russia or even China. It is expected that Russia and China will veto any Security Council resolution authorizing force in Syria. Wars that lack UN authorization are illegal under international law. Where does that leave western powers? The double standard whereby international law is only useful when it legitimizes intervention but an obstacle when it restrains intervention is frustratingly evident.
Keywords: The conflict in Syria, Asad, Iran, Israel, Russiahumanitarian crisis, proxy war, refugee, Middle East, surgical strike, internally displaced, IDP, Bashar al-Assad, chemical attacks, Donald Trump, humanitarian intervention, war, covert operations, Arab Gulf States, arms, regime change
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