There are a lot of opinions about what is going on in Syria and exactly what part the United States had to play it all of it. After many heated debates on social media I realize there are many wrong ideas about what is going on there but there seems to be two extremely different views on America’s part in it, most believe we are responsible because we meddled in their civil war, I see what is happening as a direct result in America’s lack of involvement.
Most refer to the conflict as a civil war. A civil war is defined as a war between citizens or civilians of the same country, a war between opposing factions or regions of the same country. I don’t know if I would define the war in Syria as a civil war. This is a war between civilians and a Fascist regime. Actually I would say this didn’t start out as a war at all, it started out as a nation of peaceful demonstrators calling for a totalitarian dictatorship to step down and demands for a democracy. The Assad regime responded to these protests, not by meeting their demands and stepping down but by killing the unarmed demonstrators with gunfire, bombs and air strikes. This was a nation of civilians, not a militia or even a militarized rebel force, but civilians. Civilians who then became victims of chemical warfare. Since 2011 over 200,000 Syrians have been killed by Assad. For 3 years the rebel forces asked for help with weapons and a show of support from it’s western ally’s in France, Great Britain and America. These please went unanswered or with little to no actual help. All of Syria’s ally’s simply left their calls unanswered. With a force of less than a few hundred severely untrained and poorly armed rebels the terrorist group now know as ISIS took advantage of the opportunity to step in with men and might and without being asked took up arms against Assad and his regime, a regime that is now supported politically and militarily by Putin’s Russia. The tens of thousands of Syrian refugees that most Americans are rejecting and refusing asylum are fleeing from these two considerable forces who are destroying their country and who are nothing more than collateral damage.
Had we helped to fight Assad, or at the very least offered help to the rebels so that they could fight his regime ISIS never would have been able to waltz right in and take up the Syrians fight as their own. ISIS is not fighting for the justice and freedom of the Syrian people, they are fighting to take over Assad’s rule of this war torn country. The people of Syria have an oppressive regime no matter who wins this war. Now, we cannot offer aid of any kind, in the air or on the ground or even support by arming the rebels, the rebels are now the most feared terrorist group in the world. A terrorist group who we now cannot fight without our part helping a Fascist regime that is killing it’s own people.
My one question is this, where does this leave us with Russia? If ISIS wins the stronghold may be one we cannot fight without having to go up against Russia. If Assad wins we cannot then begin helping a rebel force that may no longer be a force nor can we create one without going up against Russia. If we help Russia defeat ISIS we are supporting Assad, who’s regime is committing crimes against humanity no less horrific that the crimes committed by Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot.
At this point the only help we can now offer is to help the Syrian refugees. These refugees are not terrorists nor are they poor illegals looking for a handout. They are victims of genocide and terrorism and they are victims of political games that allowed them to be betrayed by their allies.