The violence in Syria is heating up, and lawmakers are taking positions on both sides of the conflict; some believe we should intervene for the sake of the Syrian people, who are being brutally murdered by the hundreds each day, while others adamantly believe that we should stay out of the conflict. I’m inclined to agree with the latter; Assad’s regime is supported by Russia and Iran, and the “Freedom Fighters” (the Syrian opposition) are supported by radical Islamic groups like al Qaeda and Hamas. If we enter the Syrian conflict, which side do we join? That is why it is imperative that we refrain from entering the situation.
The United States has entered proxy wars before; Vietnam is a perfect example. Thousands of American soldiers gave their lives during this conflict, and in the end it was a conflict that we never had reason to be a part of. American blood was unnecessarily shed because we jumped into another country’s civil war. The same will be said of Syria if we enter the conflict there; a sovereign country’s affairs should not be meddled in unless we have a direct reason to do so.
If a clear violation of human rights is happening somewhere in the world, we should seriously consider stepping in; but in a situation like Syria, it just isn’t feasible. The actions being performed against the Syrian people are horrendous– but American lives are more important to me, and they should be to every other American as well. If we engage our soldiers in the Syrian conflict, we cannot join the opposition who is supported by al Qaeda, Hamas, and other Islamic groups and risk having our weapons fall into the hands of these terrorists; nor can we join the government, who is supported by Russia and Iran, neither of whom are particularly fond of the United States; nor can we enter objectively– that puts our soldiers directly in the middle of the conflict, with both sides shooting at them rather than only one.
We entered proxy wars in Libya and Egypt; neither produced admirable results. Syria would be the same type of situation.
The Syrian conflict is unfortunate, but it is not our war to fight. Civil wars should be exactly that– wars between two sides of one country. Proxy wars almost never end well. The United States has already sacrificed too many soldiers by intervening in other countries’ affairs. In this case, the answer should be clear: Neither side is one that the United States needs to align with. We are much better off staying out of the Syrian conflict and focusing on our issues here at home– and saving American lives in the process.