Is Syria the Next War for the US?
Before I even begin, I believe what is happening in Syria is terrible. I believe that this has been going on for too long. I believe that the United States of America should have gone in there long ago. We try to keep isolation and try to be peaceful but, obviously, that hasn’t been working. People are dying and we can’t let it go. We can’t ignore it.
Yet, is this where we belong?
Why have we sat back so long?
Why now and not all those other times?
What’s different? Is it the president?
Why, President Trump?
What happens next?
What’s the plan?
Is this just like Iraq and Afghanistan?
What are the motives?
And, what about Russia?
What about us?
President Trump, on Thursday, April 6th of 2017 agreed to the US firing a missile at Syria after Assad’s regime used another chemical weapon on his civilians. These people didn’t fight for his side, the rebels side or ISIS. Yet, he’s willing to kill his own people.
For the people who do not like President Trump- like me-it’s both positive and negative. I wish President Obama had taken the US into Syria, but he was busy trying to take the US out of Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time, I do believe in peace, and I don’t think that war is necessary. I would prefer if people stopped killing each other.
As for President Trump, I have a bit more respect for him now. Perhaps I will feel differently within a few days as this expands and this is felt across the world. It is if, in this moment (on the night of Thursday, April 6th, 2017), we are just feeling now. We don’t know what will happen next. The constant media flashing of breaking news over Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal wasn’t helpful. I, like many other people, have turned on the 24-hour news and started to regret. With the bright red bar at the bottom of the screen, it is hard to escape. Yet, 24-hour news uses “breaking news” way too much, especially with President Trump.
We don’t know if this is a warning shot or if this will expand in the next few days. We don’t know if we’re going to war. It may change quickly. But, will we have boots on the ground?
President Obama liked drones, but President Trump hasn’t had the time to choose. He’s getting the feel. He needs to decide if this is a war we need and want. This is a war for humanity, for human beings who live in Syria, but how is this going to affect the US? While many people cheer for finally the US doing something, other Americans roll their eyes. Some feel it isn’t their war, and some feel it is just another war.
It was always a threat that Donald Trump would take us into a war, but did we expect it to be Syria? Syria has been in a civil war since 2011, and we’re a bit late to the game. While we have done work with our allies to try and help, it hasn’t been helping. Russia continues to push against us.
Is Syria caught in the crossfire of the US and Russia? Is the Cold War becoming hot on someone else’s land? The United States tried to stay out of Syria. When we did become involved, Russia became involved. We fight for different teams. The US was known to help rebels, and the Russia backed the Assad regime.
In many ways with many jokes, it was considered that President Trump is chummy with President Putin. He may be going against that. President Trump may be choosing American victory and American greatness over anything else. Then, President Trump wouldn’t be thinking in the best interests of the Syrian people, who are in constant danger.
When the Cold War ended, it was a few good years of US politics with Russia, but everything good must come to an end. Russia’s push to become the leading superpower and the US’s grasp of the head honcho leaves questions if this is about doing the right thing or doing it because they want to get ahead. Both countries know that a complete war between them would mean World War III, yet a war in someone else’s yard is just a minor scuffle.
Before we take this into the next step, we need to consider all of our options. While I believe it has been a long time coming for the US to step up in the current civil war in Syria, this might not be the best possible way. How are we fixing anything with missiles? What will we accomplish with that? We’ll try to save many lives, I’m sure because we always try, but at what cost?
We’re fighting Assad and we’re fighting ISIS. Where is the line when we kill innocent people? Ideas cannot be killed, only improved upon. What do we gain from bombing? If a quick fix is what we’re looking for, or what President Trump is looking for, it won’t come so easily.
Yet, I believe America should have gone in sooner, along with their allies. I believe we shouldn’t have stayed out so long. It goes against everything I just said, and it goes against my belief that war isn’t necessary. Yet I stand confused, just like many other people. I have a lot of questions, and not enough of them will be answered. So I’ll wait like many people did with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we wait, hoping it won’t have the same end. Because we don’t know how what will happen next? We don’t know how we’ll be remembered.