In the world there are many unpleasant actions that have occurred over time. Some are more severe than others, so people attempt to classify certain situations. In genocide there are many stages for the situation to be considered genocide. Right now there have been some debates regarding if the situation in Syria is considered a civil war or genocide. However, intervention may not be the best choice because there are chances of creating more problems for Syria and themselves. Syria itself doesn’t seem to fit all the categories of genocide therefore it shouldn’t be a situation we should intervene. Syria is a tragic situation; however it isn’t genocide so it is not necessary for the United States to get involved and pull even more people into the troubles in Syria.
The start of the civil war in Syria was due to Bashar al Assad. As his regime started in 2011 of March, the people were unsatisfied with him. Therefore protests again Assad had occurred, and his way to deal with the situation was with force. Assad only wants the small minority that supports him and wipe out the majority that opposes him. Those who protest are supporters of democracy. The people were tired of their abuse of power to oppress the people. Then the civil war occurred which led to many bloodsheds. The regime respond to the protest brutally therefore leading to this disaster.
In Syria, the people are separated into two groups: supporters of Assad and those opposing Assad. However unlike genocide’s classification stage, the people aren’t distinguished by a certain nationality or race. In Assad’s attack there may be some certain races that had more deaths than others however Assad’s intent is not only to wipe out one group of individuals. The United States intervention wouldn’t know which are the supports and those that are against Assad, since there isn’t any one specific group that the United States can easily identify. Klein quoted, “Who’s going to get punished? The people of the regime?” The United States can’t have complete certainty that intervening into Syria would be beneficial to the people there (2). In Beah’s A Long Way Gone he was forced to join the army. At that time the only way he could tell between an enemy and an ally was by a headband of some sort. The United States military can have tremendous power however its power can turn negatively against the people there. For example, since Syria has close relation to Iran, “Iranians might interpret strikes against Syria as evidence that they need to accelerate their nuclear programs to defend against U.S. attack (Klein 2)
Usually in genocide, they would organize everything beforehand leading to the extermination of a group. However, Syria does not apply to this situation because anyone can become an enemy. They most likely strengthen their army, but they cannot pre-plan anything without a set idea of who their enemies are. So if the United States were to intervene, they could possibly pose a threat to Assad. ...