It doesn’t seem as hard, commenting on the “Syrian crisis” from an apartment in sunny Athens, trying to make a judgement for oneself of what is happening now, not only in Syria but on an international level – what is being said about Syria and the actions we are about to see happening regarding the management of the “crisis”.
Reason for action
Will the US prepare and act out military action in Syria even without their closest European ally? If yes, what should that tell us. Who are we? We are the concerned citizens of the world, whether we are American or European or Asian – we are the people who will stand by, observant of another war.
What is the reason for military action in Syria – or more importantly, what is the reason for action? Is it to “save” Syrians from Chemical Weapons used by terrorists or the government? Is it because we are trying to calm down the waters and we’re embarking to Syria as a peacekeeping force?
What can exterior military action bring to Syria? – Is this something Syrians really want? Why is it America has to step in to play the role of the Global Daddy again? Or is it America carrying orders of the UN? If so, why aren’t other countries forced to step in?
The Daily Mirror today headlined “WE DON’T WANT YOUR WAR”. Whose war is it?
The problem as observers of a war or a conflict that is happening in a country other than “ours” is, “what should our action or reaction to it be?”
We can’t ignore intelligence or take no action as this would be against our basic morals as humans helping other humans, yet, especially in the UK, we can’t forget the intelligence “they” had us believe about Iraq. Nobody wants to get involved in a war like the Iraqi war for “freedom” or whatever “they” called it.
What we know
What you’ve just read are thoughts that people seem to have over the Syrian crisis. But it’s important to understand what “we” think are the facts, maybe then we can decide on what our (political) position should be.
1. The Syrian regime went against activists asking for more economic prosperity, political freedom and other civil liberties.
2. The uprising came shortly after and eventually a civil war broke out.
3. We believe that more than 15 thousand people have died (most of them civilians).
4. We believe that more than 150 thousand people have fled the country (that’s also an immigration problem for “us”).
So we balance the humanitarian crisis versus the possible long-term geopolitical consequences at stake if Syria is destabilised.
What most of us probably want to know is, are we going to intervene, if we do, in Syria to help the humanitarian cause? Are “we” doing it to secure another area in the Middle East? Why are “we” asking the President of Syria to give up his power now – why now? What the people want is the hidden agenda, that yes, might expose our countries and their agendas are secret for a reason, because they do, maybe, in the end, protect our interests but… we want to know.
Interesting article on CNN: Who wants what (out of Syria)
Image: James Gordon