events, overwhelms a community’s capacity to cope.” In April 2017, Assad authorized a chemical attack on his own people. Many of the civilians injured were children. It was the deadliest chemical attack since 2013 (“Chemical Weapons Attack”). Using chemical weapons is
Knepp 4 prohibited and considered a war crime by the Geneva Convention protocol (“Chemical Weapons”). A refugee is someone who “leaves their homes under such stressful situations” (Dalton 4). The civil war in Syria has inadvertently created a severe refugee crisis. There are about 11 million Syrians who have fled their homes since the start of the war. An estimated 13.5 million Syrians are in need of Humanitarian aid. Several cities have been destroyed by the fighting, and many refugees have fled to neighboring countries, while some are still displaced in Syria (“Quick Facts”). The Syrian refugees are experiencing many hardships. They are having their civil rights violated and are lacking necessities required to be healthy (Sharara). There are several solutions to the crisis in Syria, many of which other countries have implemented. To start, the United States needs to pick a side. The States need to either support the Assad regime or the rebels. After choosing a side, the United States–and other nations–need to make financial support a priority. As of 2014, the United States spent 35 billion dollars on foreign aid, but Syria is not even in the top five countries to receive aid (“Foreign Military Financing”). Not only does the United States need to prioritize foreign aid, but they should prioritize foreign aid to Syria—whose citizens desperately need financial assistance. A second solution to the crisis in Syria is to support diplomacy over military use. The worse thing the United States can do to be to become violent in Syria and spur on the fighting. The United States can keep troops in Syria, but they must stop all violent military involvement. Either President Trump or Congress must authorize these troops. The third solution to the crisis in Syria is to accept Syrian refugees. The U.S. had been on pace to reach the Obama administration’s goal of admitting 110,000 refugees in 2017, although the number of refugees accepted will likely decline during Trump’s administration
Knepp 5 (“Quick Facts”). The United States needs to accept more refugees, especially refugees from Syria. These people are homeless, without food and necessities, and misplaced. Can you imagine if the world we know today was torn apart? If we needed to flee our homes and everything we’ve ever known? Can you imagine if chemical weapons fell from the sky, and we had nowhere to go? This is the reality in Syria. There are many solutions to the crisis in Syria. The United States can help raise financial support for the humanitarian crisis, support diplomacy, and to accept Syrian refugees. The United States has the means to contribute, so why are we not?