-POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Should the US intervene in Syria?

GRAPHIC by Christian Kessler for The Current 2012 ©

Congress must approve a resolution supporting the timely and strategic military intervention in the current Syrian crisis. Failure to address illegal actions of warfare upon civilians exacerbates political instability in the Middle East, and agitates already strained foreign and regional relations. Based on the evidence obtained by formal UN investigations that confirms the use of airborne chemicals on the Syrian civilian population, the White House has been briefed in full on the violent and unprovoked atrocities committed under the Assad regime. Awareness of emergency situations cannot be met with political ignorance, it must be effectively countered as quickly as possible.

Modern government globally cannot abide the use of chemical weapons, in combat or in civil war. The United States Congress should not ignore the intentional assault on innocent civilians overseas, mounted by their own government, expected to provide its people protection from political persecution. The Syrian regime has failed in this most essential of political tasks, and now seeks to provoke its innocents further with ill intentioned chemical assaults. With such sensitive interlacing of foreign ruling powers, such dramatic acts of domestic damage are of great concern to affected countries, both distant and neighboring, and threaten to destabilize already shaky political loyalty and diplomacy.

The Syrian dilemma is an intricate one, as any global crisis is. The attack reminds us that our rivals and allies play a large role in how we form a decision regarding how to act next, how we define and project our identity of political leadership. “The world is the most safe when the United States is the strongest country in the world,” said Mark Rubio, after the resolution intervention passed 10-7 in the Foreign Relations Committee. He accurately depicts our country as a political Atlas, holding the whole of humanity upon his shoulders. One cannot fathom the despair in store if we, as a nation, were to shrug such a delicate and dangerous situation off.


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