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Military Intervention In Syria Essay

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Running head: Military Intervention in Syria 2IntroductionThe 2011 year has left the world with plenty of worries about different accidents and catastrophes. There were such huge disasters as floods in Pakistan and Thailand, earthquakes in Haiti, in Turkey and the devastating tsunami in Japan that led to explosion in nuclear power plant. There was another event that took its beginning in February of that mysterious year - the conflict in Syria. To remind, the opposition of Syria rebelled the President Bashar Assad's regime and wanted his resignation. Even though the inception of the rebellion has started in peaceful way, nowadays the situation in Syria raised to the level of civil war. The ...view middle of the document...

In his research Mehdi also claims that the European Union and US congress are extremely sure that military intervention is the only and right decision to stop the war. So, all the actions of US is seems like being directed towards spreading this mantra. However, before evaluating military intervention issue it is better to look over the facts that are raising this issue, says Mehdi. Firstly, "something must be done about Syria", says hawks. However this "something" is not considered as diplomatic solution at all. Because nothing has been done in order to bring up the Syrian opposition and its government together and diplomatically solve the problems. The only peace conference was held in Geneva a year and a half ago, while the "Geneva 2" conference was postponed to January of the next year by the US initiative. So diplomacy has never been tried in Syria. Secondly, "99 per cent of the 100,000-plus dead Syrians were killed by bombs and bullets, not by sarin or VX gas", argues Mehdi. Moreover, it has not been revealed for sure who did used chemical weapons, the opposition or government army. Because the expertise that was performed by the UN that should have to identify the accessory of chemicals to the former or latter failed. In addition, Russia proposed Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Bashar Assad accepted this proposal. So the issue whether Assad has used chemical weapon at all is also incomprehensive one. Mehdi concludes that, even if these issues were as justified as Obama administration tells, the intervention in Syria would affect only on increase in dead and ratcheting up the war. He gives example of previous such events in middle-east: the bombing of Libya, air-strikes in Afghanistan. All of the interventions of army forces led to increase in the number of victims. In fact, Mehdi provides a reference to a research conducted by US political scientists, who revealed that in "intrastate conflicts" during periods 1989-2005, involvement of external military forces for the sake of rebel groups increased the civilians killed by government by 40 per cent.Precarious oppositionThe second article that was written by Mahmood Monshipouri considers the possible consequences of potential air-strikes by the US. He brought to attention that Obama aims "limited, tailored surgical attacks" and not a "full-scale war" to change the regime. But the question is "will the actions remain limited? Or will it broaden the area of military operations?" Experts say that no military intervention can be limited. The case with Bashar Assad is not an exception. He will not show great welcome to the forces that will be bombing his army. Obviously,...

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