Jacob Schmitt Professor Watts Critical Reading/Writing April 25, 2017 Just a little over six years ago to this day, a conflict broke out in Syria. A conflict between the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad and his forces, and the citizens of Syria. What started as peaceful protests in favor of the Arab Spring movement, led to bloodshed after al-Assad kidnapped and brutally tortured teens participating in the movement, some to death. al-Assad’s regime proceeded to kill or imprison hundreds that opposed his power, leading to the formation of the Free Syrian Army. What has followed is 6 years of chaos, death, destruction and displacement. The government of Syria has even been proven to have used chemical weapons against their own people, a direct violation of the Geneva Protocol. Why then, has the U.S. government not sent troops to intervene yet? A collection of several different groups creating chaos throughout the nation complicates this situation even further. An entire web of different countries are supporting the forces involved in the Syrian Civil War, but not in the way one would think. While the U.S. has openly supported the opposition of al-Assad’s regime, the government of Russia has provided vast support of al-Assad and his defenses, and has been commencing air strikes against rebels since 2015. “Several Arab states, along with Turkey, have provided weapons and materiel to rebel groups in Syria. The governments of majority-Shia Iran and Iraq support Assad, as does Lebanon-based Hezbollah, while Sunni-majority states including Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others staunchly support the rebels.” (1) To further confuse someone trying to grasp the situation going on, since 2011, up
to five more rebel groups have formed and begun fighting against the Syrian government, including the vile Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This grey area of morality involving the participants of the conflict leaves the decision of who to provide with support fairly uncertain.
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