March 15, 2011 will be an unforgettable day not only for all the Syrians around the world, but for the entire Middle East. To some, that day held a revolutionary uprising that sparked hope for a better future. To others that melancholy day brought fear of losing a secular Syria to the hands of radical extremists. The Arab spring had hit other countries hard like an epidemic, moving from one country to the next. Many tyrant leaders had been toppled long before the Syrian Revolution began, and the next leader on that list was none other than President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria. It is evident that as a super power, one of America’s moral obligations is to assist countries in need, whether it is economically, financially or with other means of humanitarian aid. However, there are hundreds of humanitarian crisis’ happening around the world each day, why would the crisis in Syria be of any interest to America? Syria happens to be located in the heart of the Middle East and plays a vital role in Middle-Eastern politics,even as a third world country. Aside from that, America takes interest in Syria because America knows if the Syrian government crumbles and falls, violence will spread to neighboring countries of Iraq and Lebanon, there is also a huge possibility that Al-Qaeda is involved in the Syrian revolution and if Syria falls it can potentially hurt America. Even though there are a lot of risk factors regarding America’s intervention in Syria, President Obama had been getting a lot of criticism for the delay, which is why after a course of two bloody years of war, President Obama acknowledged the ‘Syrian Rebels’ and sent aid, along with having the CIA train the rebels.
The Syrian conflict began in a city called Homs in April 2012, and it gained the title of being the capital city for the Revolution, as it was the first city to join the uprising against the Assad regime. According to those who are against the regime, President Bashar Al-Assad is a tyrant leader who is only representing the Alawite-Shiite community since he is an Alawite-Shiite himself. Therefore the majority Sunni-Muslims and the Christian minorities have been under- represented for the past seven years. Aside from that, he is depriving his citizens from their rights and freedoms. He is killing his own people, primarily those who oppose his regime. Not only is he committing such atrocious acts, but he denies the fact that innocent civilians are being killed. It is undeniable that innocent civilians are being killed, but many Pro-opposition supporters have been alarmed over President Obama’s silent behavior in regards to the Syrian Revolution.
First and foremost, Syria is not like Libya; President Bashar Al-Assad did not openly state that he was going to kill his own people on public television the same way Gaddafi did. Also if America gave any form of military aid early on in the revolution, it would not have been clear whether the weaponry would have gone to the rebels or fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda. President Obama was hesitant with his decision because he knew the situation in Syria has many potential risk factors. If Syria is weak and destabilized, violence can easily spread to border countries of Lebanon and Iraq. America recently ended a war in Iraq and would not want the Iraqi civilians to undergo turmoil in their country once more. As for Lebanon, if violence does spill over to the Lebanese border, there is a fear that another civil war will erupt or Hezbollah will take affirmative action in response to the violence. If such conflicts were to be sparked, it would hold another serious political and diplomatic problem in which President Obama would inevitable have to address.
Furthermore, Syria has support from Russia, Hezbollah, Iran and to a lesser degree, China. President Obama is not oblivious and is aware that what President Assad is doing is completely unacceptable, but intervening in Syria would end up sparking a war between the super powers which would end up costly. Former President Gorge Bush had warned the Americans about the “Axis of Evil” being Iran, North Korea and Iraq. Iran has been Syria’s backbone from the beginning of the revolution, and as the revolution continued, so did Iran’s support.
However, when the issue of chemical weapons arose, President Obama’s attention was captured and he made it clear that if President Assad were to use chemical weapons against his people his consequences would be severe. After two years, President Obama also acknowledged the opposition group in Syria which angered those who support Bashar. Although the main controversy behind the President acknowledging the rebels, is the military aid and training that he is providing for them. The CIA has currently been training the rebel opposition group in Jordan for several months now. What most of the world does not know is that the CIA has been training the rebels since last year in an undefined location of Jordan. The rebels that are being trained are primarily Sunni Extremists.
The CIA has been delivering weapons to the freedom fighters and is aware that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other countries are sending aid as well. However, most of the armed shipment has been sent from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but the weaponry sent from those two countries are going to die heart jihadist, even though President Obama is aware of that, he is still allowing the CIA to train the rebels in Jordan and is not putting a stop to the shipment being arrived from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In accordance with America’s national values, America is responsible as a supreme global leader to defend democratic principles. The Syrian citizens are in urgent need of democracy according to those who support the opposition, and America as a super power, has a right to bring democracy to Syria.
On the contrary, Obama’s acknowledgements of the Free Syrian Army along with having the CIA train them as outraged countless Pro-Bashar Supporters. According to those who support Bashar, they believe the Americans should see the Syrian crisis not from Western media, not from the rebels, but from Syrians themselves. Many Pro-Bashar supporters consider this revolution to be a fake revolution for a number of reasons. This revolution is actually a proxy war formulated by the west along with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to destabilize the Syrian government for their own selfish means. The opposition group is not mainly composed of Syrians; it is consisted of foreigners from Libya, Jordan, Chechnya, Turkey and other Islamic nations. King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia proclaimed that those who do jihad in Syria will be guaranteed to have breakfast with Allah and will have their 72 virgins waiting for them in heaven. King Abdullah also granted Fatwas allowing Jihadist to have sex with women who are not Sunni, making Shias, Alawites, Christians and Druze to be an open target. King Abdullah mainly wants Bashar out of power so an extremist can control Syria and impose Sharia law onto the country. He also has brainwashed the uneducated poor to do Jihad in Syria and to kill as many pro-Bashar supporters as possible, which is why all the main attacks in Damascus and Aleppo are in pro-Bashar areas.
Qatar also created this fake revolution to weaken Syria and potentially damage Iran as a way of revenge for ruining Qatar’s pipeline designs. In 2011, the same year the Syrian uprising began, Iraq and Syria signed a ten billion dollar deal to allow Iran to build a pipeline through its own territory and later connecting it to Syria. Iran also plans to create nuclear energy so they can later sell their oil to countries that need it. However, the pipeline situation directly affected Qatar because King Hamad had similar pipeline designs to be created in Syria that would connect to Turkey. The pipeline is another proxy in the Syrian conflict. Israel has silently been involved with bringing Assad down. Bashar Al-Assad has been known for being close allies with Hezbollah, has sent aid to Hamas, and has stood by Palestine in every conflict. In order to weaken Hezbollah, Bashar al-Assad must go down. The Syrian government had collected countless weapons that were made in Israel and had Hebrew writing on them that were all used by the opposition forces. Israel has opened its doors to the Free Syrian Army by openly allowing the ‘rebels’ to be treated in Israeli hospitals. Furthermore, America wants Bashar go to down so they can replace him with an American puppet as they have done with other Arab countries.
Having said that many Pro-Syrians are outraged by America’s decision because in their eyes what Obama is basically doing is training the terrorists and giving them weaponry. The CIA has recently been training the ‘rebels’ or ‘terrorists’ in Jordan and from Jordan they enter Syria just like many jihadist who fight in Syria. Saudi Arabia may have caused a religious war to bring disharmony between the Sunnis and the Shias, but many Sunnis and other Syrians are loyal to their President. Western media along with Saudi Arabian controlled media in the Middle East have been exposing propaganda to the world and spreading lies so the world can listen to what they want to say, not the truth. Former CNN reporter Amber Lyon stated that the American government made lies about Syria and Iran for their own interest; “CNN channel manipulates, fabricates news and follows restrictiveness when broadcasting news, stressing that the Channel receives money from the U.S. government and other countries’ governments in exchange for news content.” It is about time that the Western countries and Arab countries put aside their own interest and start paying attention to what is best for the Syrian people. America’s assistance to the rebels is not going to make matters better for Syria, it will make it worse and the bloodshed will continue as long as the West is funding and supporting the terrorists.
As an American who has family in Syria I am completely against America’s aid and assistance in training the rebels. America recently sent out ten million dollars to the rebels and supplied them with weaponry. I also believe that President Bashar Al-Assad is not a tyrant leader, outside countries have formulated this revolution for their own benefit and as Syria crumbles, they will all try to take control of it. Bashar has 2/3 majority vote in Syria, Syrians who live in Syria love the president. He is protecting his people, if he were not; Syria would not have been the 4th safest country in 2009 or the 10th visited country by tourists in 2010. The ‘freedom fighters’ are not fighting for democracy or freedom as America hopes, they are fighting to destroy a secular Syria. Saudi Arabia does not want any Christians in Syria. Over 1000 Christians have been killed; over 200,000 have fled the country leaving 10% of Syria’s population to be Christians. My uncle has been a victimized due to his religion, terrorists had kidnapped and beat him while screaming ‘allahu akbar’, fortunately they let him go instead of killing him. Therefore the crisis in Syria has affected me tremendously and Obama’s take on the Syrian crisis upsets me beyond belief. He claims he doesn’t negotiate terrorists but at the same time he is the one who is funding the rebels in Syria. Obama was afraid of sending aid to the rebels because he thought it would fall into the hands of Al Qaeda but Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Font have been fighting alongside the rebels the entire time.
No one can predict the end to the bloodshed in Syria. As a global power it was America’s duty to try to bring an end to the oppression and bring forth democracy. Many were grateful that America finally stepped in and helped out in some way, others were not. However one thing that is clear is that America cannot afford another war, especially a war that involves super powers. America indirectly intervened in Syria knowing it can bring forth its definition of freedom in Syria, but is it really freedom? One may call it freedom, but it is terrorism. One may call it jihad, but it is murder. One may call an Islamic state, but it is a secular state. One may call him a dictator, but he is SYRIA’S President.