____________________________________________________________________________ Introduction On the day of April 13th, 2018, a guided missile attack was launched against Syria. This American led missile supported by the U.K and France was supposed to send a warning to Syria, specifically to Bashar al-Assad (the president of Syria) that any further continuation on chemical weapons development will be met with severe repercussions. The missile was targeted at 3 locations where the Syrian government were developing chemical weapons. Syria has been developing chemical weapons and using them to kill the rebels. The problem with this is that innocent bystanders are getting caught in the crossfire. With the U.S using violence to hold peace in Syria brings up the question, who is the gravest danger to world peace? This question was brought up in Noam Chomsky’s article about the “Iranian Threat.” In this article, Noam Chomsky analyzes the United States’ fixation on Iran as a serious threat to world peace, and the balance of power between the US and Middle Eastern countries. Iran has been targeted by the US as dangerous to world stability to the point where a nuclear deal was recently reached in an attempt to prevent Iran from obtaining these dangerous weapons. However, Chomsky suggests that the US may have ulterior motives in its fixation on Iran as the primary cause of Middle Eastern instability and terrorism. Chomsky continues to explain that Iran is not and never truly have been a military or nuclear threat, unlike the United States itself and their allies. This article was written in 2015 and has some relevance to this day. Instead of looking at the Iranian threat to the world, I wanted to research a similar threat that the world as
to deal with today, which is Syria. Syria is portrayed as a huge danger to the world, which is why countries like the United States use their powers to attempt to stop them. I used 3 major news sources (BBC, CNN, and CBC) to review their findings on the matter, and find any potential politically bias possible (or in other terms, the use of manufacturing consent.) Brief Summaries of Each Articles The first article came from CBC. CBC posted a 6-minute video that talks about the effects of the bombing against Syria and what the reactions are towards these bombings. This article was focused on the Syrian side of the bombing, as many Syrian people were included in the video to comment on the airstrike and how it affected the community. “It is not fair to punish a criminal once he makes the crime rather than before” states one Syrian news writer. This video also highlighted the comments made by the United States Pentagon general. The use of phrases such as “we believe” and “significantly impacts” shows that the United States are making their claims from educated assumptions. The main question that the video wants the audience to keep in mind is, “will the airstrikes change anything.”
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