Ethical Issues In Syrian Civil War

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The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing international armed conflict taking place in Syria. In March 2011, Syria’s government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, faced an extraordinary challenge to its authority when pro-democracy protests erupted throughout the country. The protesters demanded an end to the authoritarian practices of the Assad regime. To put an end to the demonstrations, Assad’s government used violent force against the protest, using extensive use of police, military, and local protection units made up of volunteers known as National Defence Force. The conflict gradually morphed from important protests to an armed rebellion after months of military encirclement. Despite the violence, the protests intensified and spread to other…show more content…
The Syrian armed forces are armed and dangerous. By murdering the lives of the Syrian people, the Assad regime has forfeited the right to be killed. The U.S. military then arrives and targets the enemy combatants. Did the U.S. do anything wrong? The answer is no. Not only has the enemy already forfeited the right to be killed, the U.S. has an obligation to protect innocent people. In this situation, the U.S. cannot violate the rights of someone who has already forfeited them. The moral inequality between the enemy combatants and the U.S. makes it morally permissible for the U.S. to target enemies, but not vice versa. In this situation, the U.S. would be fighting in a just war, and a soldier would be considered a defender. The U.S. soldiers would continue to have the right to live as long as they target the enemy who has forfeited the right to live by threatening the lives of others who has the right to live. Even if the enemy is not targeting anyone at the time the U.S. soldiers are engaging in them, enemy combatants are still a permissible targets because they are operating in a larger organization that supports the wrong
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