An editorial from the JOU 101 class
You’re at a gas station. Two large men get out of a truck and begin to shout at one another. They’re father and son and the fight is getting out of control. Punches are being thrown and bottles broken. Suppose you know one of them. Would you step forward and join the fight?
This is the question the US has been faced with while Syria is being torn apart —determined rebels against a confident and tyrannical ‘semi-presidential republic.’
We would argue that you get back into your car and drive away.
Let family deal with family.
The conflict that has been going on in Syria, without a doubt, has been weighing heavy on all involved. The U.S. being the referee to the world has made a decision to arm the rebels, whose goal is to overthrow the corrupt government. By making this decision, the United States has made it clear that they are sided with the rebels and that any other group is to be considered an “enemy.”
The United States already has enough issues to worry about. In the last 100 years, the United States has claimed the position of the leader of the free world. This is not an easy place to be. Winston Churchill once said that the price of greatness is responsibility. A responsibility to the tired, the weak and the poor. But we cannot save everyone, cannot rescue all who venture into conflict in the name of freedom.
Even the most loving of parents, at one time or another, allows their children to resolve conflict between themselves. It can, sometimes, be the greatest lesson two individual mindsets can learn.
There are other alternative ways the U.S can assist the people of Syria besides arming them for more violence to occur. Aid such as food, water and basic necessities can be supplied as well as diplomatic people to maybe come up with a resolution.
It is clear that the United States government does not agree with nor like the Syrian government but that cannot be the only grounds to supply weapons to people who we do not know much about. It leaves too much room for error and a chance for the weapons to end up in the wrong hands.
With weapons “made in America” used in any war, is a way of saying, America itself is fighting the war as well.