Syria I Believe That the United States Essay

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I believe that the United States should not get involved militarily in Syria. There are too many risks involved, and no real reward for the U.S. Involvement in that country's civil war would endanger U.S. interests in the region significantly, put U.S. lives on the line and would accomplish nothing with respect to the country's strategic objectives in the region.

For the past several years, Syria has been embroiled in a civil war that pits the established government of Bashar al-Assad against an inchoate group of rebels, each with its own interests in the conflict. It is with this opposition that much of the decision to avoid intervention lies. What started as a conflict similar to many other Arab Spring uprisings against the country's brutal totalitarian regime has become a flashpoint for sectarian conflict. Today's rebels are not revolutionaries so much as they are mercenaries. If the U.S. were to become involved, it would be siding with either these mercenaries or Assad, neither of which are worth siding with.

Today, the Syria conflict has become co-opted by fighters from outside the country. The more moderate Syrian fighters, who were always disorganized, have been effectively run out of the conflict by external rebel groups. These groups include the "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS)," an al-Qaeda affiliated group. These groups have quickly taken control of the conflict from the Syrian rebels. They are installing totalitarian terrorist regimes that have replaced the Assad regimes in some Syrian provinces, to the detriment of the Syrian people. Locals describe these groups as "mostly foreigners coming to impose their ideologies upon us" (Sinjab, 2013).

There is belief among the Syrian people that the outsider groups are working with the Syrian government to undermine the government. For example, the government is targeting schools, not ISIS bases, indicating that it might be working with the group (Sinjab, 2013). In addition to al-Qaeda, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is also known to be present in Syria, and Iran is believed to be financing Assad, as is Hezbollah. Both groups, and outside Sunni groups like al-Qaeda, are financed with outside money, outside fighters, and are using the Syrian conflict as a training ground (George, 2013).

For the U.S. To enter such a volatile situation, where Syria is becoming an open conflict between competing violent Islamist ideologies, is simply a terrible idea. If the Sunnis and Shiites and whoever else wants to kill each because they can't agree on the finer points of Islam, that is simply not a fight that the U.S. should have any involvement in. In essence, it cannot win. It would become a lightning rod for both sides, and U.S. involvement would be appreciated by nobody. Plus, if the U.S. was successful in ridding Syria of…

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Dziadosz, A. (2013). Poll finds Westerners opposed to military intervention in Syria. Reuters. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/us-syria-crisis-poll-idUSBRE9980I220131009

George, M. (2013). Iran Revolutionary Guard commander killed in Syria. Reuters. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/04/us-syria-crisis-iran-idUSBRE9A30H620131104

Sinjab, L. (2013). Al-Qaeda's brutal tactics in Syria force out moderates. BBC. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25109708

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