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Why The United States Should Intervene In The Syrian Civil War

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SUMMARY: The Syrian Civil War between the Syrian government, and the insurgents, as well as the Free Syrian Army has been escalating since early 2011. The United States, and our allies have faced difficulty in sending aid to Syria, and continue to deal with obstacles in sending even basic medications to Syrian civilians. However, the United States and its allies have also contributed to the lack of organization and the disparity in Syria by sending aid and artillery to individuals based only on political connection, and ignoring organization, local alliances, and without a true understanding of the reality of the Syrian localities to best protect the Syrian protestors. The question addressed in this memo will be defining the viable options to be pursued in Syria, how to pursue them, and assessing the most beneficial path of least resistance when offering aid, funds, and artillery to specific groups in the country. The recommendation will be that although the best alternative action item would be to choose a Syrian group with the least oppositional values comparative to the United States to fund, supply with arms, and train; that the United States should do nothing for the time being. Given the physical and financial risk involved with the Syrian Civil War, it would be prudent for the United States to simply observe how the war progresses over the next several months, as well as complete some research to truly understand the state of affairs in local areas of Syria to determine the extent to which the United States could identify a group to provide aid to, as well as the extent to which the United States involvement would be within Syria.
BACKGROUND: In March of 2011, the unrest in Syria was just beginning, with protests growing nationwide within just over a month. The Syrians who joined the protest requested, and then demanded economic and governmental reform in a democratic fashion within the current government. The Syrian Army was positioned in April of 2011 to stop the escalating protests, and soldiers began to fire upon protestors and demonstrators nationwide. As the months passed, and the military obstructions continued, the protests escalated into fully armed rebellion. In July, the Free Syrian Army was created, and not long after, began receiving support from Turkey. As the conflict escalated into 2012, the Assad regime began a large-scale attack on the insurgency which caused widespread and indiscriminate destruction throughout the country. IN April of 2012, a failed ceasefire attempt, mediated by the United Nations resulted in dozens of casualties, and an official abandonment of the peace plan by the United Nations in June of 2012. Not long after, the United Nations officially announced that Syria was experiencing a civil war. After a Turkish plane was shot down by the Syrian Army, and tension between Syria and Turkey escalated dramatically, there was a public apology made by the Assad regime which prevented Turkish...

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