Syria's Civil War

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Syria’s Civil War
The civil war going on in Syria has been a topic of much discussion. What began as peaceful protests has turned into brutal civil war with over 100,000 deaths and counting. The images of men, women, and children being gassed or shot to death are just horrible to watch and hard to bear. With all these casualties and the U.S government expects to make a series of targeted military strikes against the Syrian government?
Syria is a country in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria is very diverse, ethnically and religiously. The country’s population is divided among Sunni Arabs (a little less than 60 percent of the population); Christians (about 10 – 12 percent); Alawites, a Shiite offshoot
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Military intervention will only intensify the violence, not reduce it. As the veteran foreign correspondent and Syria expert Patrick Seale has written: “The only way to prevent a full-scale civil war in Syria . . . is to demilitarize the conflict and bring maximum pressure on both sides to negotiate” (qtd. in Hasan).
The United States needs a new approach, one that starts with a more diplomatic solution aimed at pushing all sides to the negotiating table. The only way the U.S can resolve this crisis is by working together with the Syrian government and getting other countries to exert their influence and persuade the Syrian government to turn in their enormous stockpile of chemical weapons.
The idea of military intervention will just increase the casualties in both sides. For example, after NATO’s air assault on Yugoslavia kicked off in March 1999, the number of civilian casualties and refugees in Kosovo went up, not down. In Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of innocents lost their lives at the hands of western troops as well as home-grown terrorists (Hasan). Furthermore, in their book “Why Civil Resistance Works”, the US academics Erica Chenoweth and Maria J Stephan challenge the conventional wisdom that the use of force against heavily armed opponents is the most effective way for resistance groups to achieve their aims. They discovered that the historical record between
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