Civil War in Syria

By: Alexis Peinado

Imagine a mother and child fighting in the same house because the child wants to change a few rules but she cannot because she lacks the same level of authority as the parent. A similar situation has emerged in Syria.

On March 15 2011, protesters in Syria demanded an end to the control of the Ba’ath party because the Syrian government did not want to release political prisoners. The conflict escalated and soon the Syrian people wanted president Bashar al-Assad to give up his position. They desired a constitutional reform and a democracy since Syria has been ruled by the al-Assad family since 1971. This was the start of a new war between the Syrian government and its people. In April 2011, the Syrian army was sent to put a stop to the uprising and soldiers fired on their own people, plus unleashing chemical weapons. It was estimated that between 70,000 and 120,000 Syrians were killed; 130,000 missing or detained; and about 1.2 million refugees, of which most are woman and children.

After this disturbing news, the President Barack Obama stated that Syria crossed the “red line.” Obama and his advisers announced they were planning about getting involved to stop the use of chemical weapons but if the U.S. is to get involved, it can probably start another world war. Although Russia has taken the Syrian government’s side, they have now helped to arrange a solution by having Syria turn over their chemical weapons and possibly avoiding military action by the U.S.

In a 50 minute address, on September 24, 2013, Obama asserted that the United States will remain actively involved in mediating international conflicts, even as he pushes to end more than a dozen years of war and faces growing isolationist pressures at home. Obama called for quick passage of a U.N Security Council resolution enforcing a still tenuous agreement under which Syrian president Bashar al-Assad will give up his chemical weapons arsenal.