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Syria: Iraq, Libya, or Egypt?

Updated on June 11, 2014

Isn't this hub outdated?

If you've looked at the publish date and thought about it, it may seem that this hub is late by nearly a year. Well, it is. It was sitting on my USB and I had forgotten about it, but I figured, it would be old at some point no matter when I published it, so no reason not to. Hopefully you can still get something out of this article, which is more of an archive at this point.


Syria is, no doubt, a complicated issue. Who are the rebels? What will they want if they get their way? Who, if anyone, should be responsible for intervening in the situation?

The only thing that seems to be clear, is that President Assad is committing war crimes, and that he’s using chemical weapons to do so. Although even that can’t be confirmed with one-hundred percent certainty.

In my opinion, the U.S. should follow the advice of economist, Robert Reich.

“…Freeze the assets of Assad and Syria's elite, refusing to do business with any bank that won't cooperate. The British government and our other allies would likely join us. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis we now have greater capacity to oversee international financial flows. Moreover, we have had significant success stopping assets flowing to and from terrorist organizations…?”

If that did not work, then perhaps some military action would need to be taken, however, it should be geared towards sending a message to, rather than toppling, Assad. Violence is not the answer to violence. A bombing is an act of war, whichever way you slice it, and it may not be wise for the U.S. to engage in a war, when it isn’t quite sure of the motives of those it’s fighting for.

I do feel, however, that there is something more driving people’s fear of engaging in the Syrian conflict. We, as a country, have seen this movie before, but it’s more than that—we’ve seen it three times, with alternate endings on each viewing.

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The first time we bought our tickets to the theater of Middle Eastern War, we saw the showing of Iraq. The government seemed to lie about chemical weapons being in the country, and then proceeded to use that propaganda to lead the U.S. into a war whose only clear outcome appeared to be the preservation of the U.S. Dollar as the dominant currency for world oil trading. The war was disastrous, claiming the lives of over 100,000 American soldiers, and costing around 2 trillion dollars, with no palpable success for America. We left the theater with a bad taste in our mouths.

We also saw Libya. We were scared it might end the same way as Iraq, and to avoid that, we intervened without soldiers, merely helping the rebels to topple their dictator. Everything has worked perfectly so far. Democracy was installed, no Americans died, and everyone went home happy, if I may oversimplify things for brevity’s sake.

And then there was Egypt. A movie which appears to have a sequel. This was the beginning of, what was coined, “The Arab Spring”. It saw the toppling of Mubarak, the democratic election of a new president, and, best of all, no U.S. intervention. So, basically Libya, right? Well, no. That’s where the sequel part comes into play. When the democratically elected Morsi came to power, he quickly began showing signs of becoming a sort of dictator, by dismantling the constitution, and not appointing judges to check his power. So, the Egyptians, in a shocking twist, rebelled against the person they elected, and removed him from power. Now, the Egyptian military is running the country, and the situation seems to be the definition of a quagmire.


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How does Syria fit into this choose-your-ending style of war and revolt? Many people—the ones who go on TV and use terms like “war weary”—seem to feel Syria will end like Iraq. Yet, Syria has no oil, so this seems doubtful to me. In other words, what would be the ulterior motive for going to Syria? Without that, it would seemingly have to turn out better—or at least differently—than Iraq. I guess the 9 percent of the country who want military intervention, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, think it will end as well as Libya. It could, but the issue seems more murky than Libya, so I have my doubts on this. Which would leave an Egypt-like ending. Assad goes down, and some fundamentalist government goes up, only to have the cycle of revolt repeat itself. In some ways, that could be the worse ending of all.

In my opinion, Assad must be stopped. Anyone who commits war crimes should be removed from power. Therein lies the problem. How can a country that seemingly endorses war crimes through their torture policies crack down on those committing war crimes? Should the US intervene? Only economically. The only people who should be using the military are the people at the U.N., and because of Russian opposition, this seems unlikely.

In the end, I think we can only use our world influence to encourage Assad to step down. Someone needs to help the people in Syria, but at this point it remains unclear who should, and how. The recent developments within the US government, which have opened up the possibility that Assad will turn his chemical weapons over to the U.N., are a good start, but a death from a bomb is no better than a death from Sarin gas, and the issue certainly isn’t settled.

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      Frienderal 3 years ago from Singapore

      An excellent hub JAS Writer! :)

      To add on, I do believe that it is unlikely for U.S to initiate military intervention.

      The reason being that the U.S knows that their military aid may lead to quality weapons falling into the hands of militant jihadists, and that hundreds of trained and battle-hardened opposition rebels will develop links with terrorist groups.

      The reality is also that in a post-Assad Syria, there most likely be a political chaos and ethnic cleansing of Alawites and the minorities.

      The primary hope would be that the sanctions imposed on the Assad's regime will force Assad to broker a peace agreement to establish a transitional government body and meeting some of the opposition's demands. And that means that Syria's protracted civil war will not end anytime soon.