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Should there be Intervention in the Syrian Uprising?

Updated on February 7, 2012

How can the West assist to free Syria from the grasps of President's Assad regime? The recent UN decision was to stay out ONLY because Russia and China vetoed it. Russia is making sure their old ally and only foothold in the middle east continues, while China really has no other reason to vote against it except to be difficult.

As the countries in the UN play this cat and mouse political game, Syrian army forces are crushing Homs, the birthplace of the rebellion that has been revolting for 10 months. While some of the Syrian army has defected creating a Syrian Free Army. While it is helpful, it is not enough.

It was 30 years ago that the current President Assad's father, surrounded another uprising and killed thousands to crush it. Now his son, an eye doctor, is doing the same. I find this so ironic for this Assad lived in the UK for years and went to school there until his father died. His brother is commander of a Syrian tank division.

Finally, the US is considering some sort of military options. The most likely would be to provide weapons and agents or mercenaries through Turkey with their help. The Turks have a few brigades along the border and have clashed with Syrian forces before who crossed the border. Assassinating Assad would be the best, yet , that may not even make a difference because others are in line to assume control. The only direct military intervention possible would be to have Turkish forces cross the border to divert Syrian resources toward them and away from Homs. This would offer a respite from artillery barrages and house to house fighting. It would also show the rebellion international support. Some have suggested a "no-fly" zone. This would be a direct intervention into Syria's airspace and could provoke their aircraft to intercept and could give reason for Syria to launch missiles across the border to Turkey or Israel. Some note economic sanctions, which is about as effective as not doing anything because Syria has been loans from Iran and Russia.

So far, 7000 have been killed. Many are women and children as collateral damage. If something is not done, Assad will eventually win.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 6 years ago

      The UN or Turkey should send a relief column protected by military. I just think the west is much too passive on this.

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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Saving civilians is a noble cause, but US is broke and exhausted by Iraqi and Afghan wars. We also played a minor role in Libya, where the future remains murky. Assad is counting on Iran to keep him alive and armored. Seems a sad stalemate unless Turkey intervenes.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      If there is to be an intervention, the interests to be derived must be very clear. It appears Russia and China have already figured out what their interests are regarding this situation. They probably prefer the status quo and just let the Syrians sort the matter out among themselves as they probably have no qualms with dealing with whoever comes out to be in charge after this blows over. Question is, have the U.S. and the West figured out their interests in the matter other than the need to stop the bloodshed and violence, especially against civilians? Unless the U.S. and the west are already prepared to take a side in the conflict, intervening without having a clear picture if the outcome will serve your greater interest or not will be foolhardy and costly. I know it may sound callous and such, considering the deaths and violence inflicted on the Syrian populace, but that is the nature of global affairs. So if the big picture isn't clear enough to warrant intervention, then best to focus first on exhausting existing remedies short of armed intervention to address the pressing need, which is to bring down the levels of violence and decrease the bloodshed.

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      MG Singh 6 years ago from Singapore

      Talking of intervention in Syria is not what the USA should think off. The US economy is already bust with a string of interventions around the world for the last 50 years or more( Korea on wards). Its about time the USA thought of its own home. Let the Syrians fight and decide who they want, after all any regime that comes to power will not be a friend of the USA and the West

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Mio-not so sure about that analysis. Turkey should across the border as a feint, then when Syria shifts forces, fall back. Tie their forces down along the border.

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      mio cid 6 years ago from Uruguay

      The intervention is already taking place,and the end of the Assad regime is inevitable,I think he is just buying some time to get his matters in order, get all his fortune out of the country and find a secure place to get asylum.the sad part is in the mean time thousands of his people are being murdered.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      Who do you think is supporting the rebels? Since when Arab populations have the weaponry to sustain such movement of rebellion?

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      910chris 6 years ago from North Carolina

      We are not the police men of the world. We need to stop sticking our nose where it does not belong. First we don't have the money or troops to send over there. Second, if we give them weapons, how do we know that somewhere down the line they won't be used against us? This kind of conflict has been going on for thousands of years, and it will continue untill armageddon.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      Let's see now how America will deal with it? Bend over?