The Syrian Refugee Crisis Essay

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When I was young I was not interested in politics or current events at all; I thought they were confusing and arbitrary in terms of their effect on my day-to-day existence. As I grew older I realized that it was my responsibility to inform myself about political and cultural happenings, both domestic and abroad, to make myself a more well-rounded and involved citizen of the world. Today, this personal mandate manifests itself in incessant refreshing of news sites - a behavior that is only beneficial in circumstances in which I need to construct an argument regarding a specific current event. In the case of the Syrian refugee crisis, my interest stems from my fascination with the glaring hypocrisy of American exceptionalism that bubbles to surface when the international crockpot of geopolitics turns sour with abhorrently violent dictators and the inevitable civil wars that remove them from power. The Syrian government, under the power of Bashar Hafez al-Assad, has resorted to violence against Syrian citizens who are critical of the government. The “crisis” we hear about developed during the Arab Spring of 2011 when al-Assad’s military shot into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators, killing three Syrians. From that point on, Syrians gradually became more and more motivated to revolt against the government alongside Assad’s defectors and end the dictatorship. The civil war also has roots in the age-old animosity between Sunni and Shia Muslims. al-Assad, as well as other leaders
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