The Crisis Since World War II

977 WordsApr 16, 20164 Pages
It’s the middle of the night, and the moon is shining at full force, casting a soft glow upon the battle ground that lies beneath. The eerie calm of the midnight air is pierced with the rattle of a machine gun off in the distance. Minutes later, an MIG cannon rumbles the earth, sending a shaking building to tumble to its death. Screams can be heard amidst the chaos. No, this isn’t the setting of a bad dream, or even the plot of a scene depicting the throws of war. Terror, violence, and bloodshed, mark the reality of the civil war in Syria, which some claim is the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. It seems like everyone has an opinion regarding what strides should be taken to resolve the issue, but no one answer can solve the problem at hand. The conflict in Syria has spiraled completely out of control, and even the most prominent policy makers in America grapple with the issue of how to put an end to the violence. It is important to understand the foundation of the crisis in Syria not only for the benefit of the people within its boarders, but also due to the repercussions it causes in territories outside of them. The Syrian civil war has drawn the influence of many world leaders, and is causing global tensions due to overlapping interests. The intertwined web of conflict makes it almost impossible to explain the situation at hand, and even the most educated find it difficult to wrap their heads around the dispute. The three big W’s—who, what, and why—should
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