Pros and Cons of U.S. Involvement in Syria

Pros and Cons of U.S. Involvement in Syria

Erika Spafford and Melanie Kibler

PRO

SYRIA – Syria has had problems in their small country for many years.  People have been made at their government for a long time before the bombing incident, because of this their Civil War started.

The Civil War in Syria started in March of 2011 when the government fired at some people protesting in the street.  The casualties that were caused to civilians were atrocious, there were thousands of deaths that were caused by the War (News.com, 2017).

On April 7th, the Syrian government was accused by the US government of using chemical warfare on their citizens.  The gas attack was reported to have killed 70 people, which included 10 children that were killed.

The Syrian government says that they had nothing to do with the attack and they are blaming it on the rebels.  (CNN 2017)  Russia has also claimed that they have nothing to do with the attack.  

The chemical attack caused President Trump to decide to send missiles to a military base in Syria. (The Hill 2017)

Most of the citizens of the United States have very different opinions on whether they think President Trump should have sent those missiles or not.  Freshman Eva Schley feels that the U.S. did the right thing.

“Chemical weapons were banned from being used in the world and Syria violated that.  So steps were taken.  I think we did the right thing.”

The Syrian government promised that they wouldn’t use any chemical warfare and then they did.  The US did what they promised to do if Syria used chemical warfare.

The bombing showed that the U.S. is serious about the use of chemical warfare and punishments that follow it.  America has proven that when they say they will do something, they actually mean it and will not back out on their word.

Also this bombing lets other countries know that Trump is serious about being president.  Many people in the U.S. and in other countries had doubts about whether Trump would actually do what he says or not, now everyone knows that he is taking presidency seriously.  

The strikes on Syria also may stop further use of chemical warfare from other countries and maybe even Syria from using it anymore.  The U.S. showed that they will do something if a country uses chemical warfare on their people or other countries.

The bombing of Syria was a good idea and many people benefited from Trump’s decision.

 

CON

SYRIA – Ever since the start of their horrific civil war in 2011, Syria has been a country full of turmoil.  It began after four people were shot for protesting against the arrest of 15 school children and quickly escalated since then, displacing almost 6 million people (BBC, 2017).

     In addition to the war, numerous factors are responsible for the suffering in this nation. One of the most recently debated has been U.S. involvement in the nation.

Ian Cartwright, senior, is one of many American citizens against being a part of the Syrian war.

“I think it’s good that we can show aggression, but this is a sketchy situation.  We can’t be going into Syria and not expect Russia to not do something in the future, whether it be through bombings or not.  I just think it’s a bad idea.”

On April 7th, the Syrian government was accused of using chemical weapons on their citizens, which has caused the death of over 70 people (CNN, 2017).  This act prompted President Donald Trump to approve the first U.S. airstrike on a Syrian government facility.

The U.S. had led airstrikes on Syrian soil before, however they were all directed towards factions of the ISIS terrorist group.  Although the U.S.’ intention is to show that no one will stand for this kind of merciless civilian abuse, many U.S. citizens believe that being involved is a bad idea.

For one, U.S. involvement in Syria can cause tensions with Russia to worsen.  On the topic of current Russian-American relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that “the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated” (Osborne, 2017).

The Syrian government is supported by Russia, so further military actions by the U.S. may cause former Cold War sentiments to resurface.  Adding to the severity of this war would only worsen the refugee crisis, leading to point two.

Over 11 million Syrians have fled their homes because of this war and have resettled all over Europe and the United States.  This crisis has caused economic problems for these countries as well.

Thirdly, it requires more manpower.  Soldiers are not expendable; they are people who have families back at home waiting of them.

To send more men would mean even less back home and others may potentially have to be withdrawn from other countries.  With so many risks, it may be best to have the U.S. stay out of this conflict, unless severely prompted otherwise.

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-us-russia-relations-worse-military-syria-chemical-attack-barack-obama-a7679796.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/04/middleeast/idlib-syria-attack/

http://syrianrefugees.eu/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/U.S.-Russia-Syria-570×332.jpg?w=640

http://www.news.com.au/world/10-simple-points-to-help-you-understand-the-syria-conflict/news-story/ab4bf33fed028d63990b8e09e6778ee7http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/04/middleeast/idlib-syria-attack/http://thehill.com/policy/defense/328614-us-intercepted-chemical-weapons-communications-in-syria-report