Friday, September 6, 2013

NO U.S. Military Intervention in Syria- Talking Points

    First and foremost, several valid reasons based on current facts and multiple international laws, firmly oppose the United States from taking any type of military action in Syria.  In terms of international law, a U.S. military strike on Syria would be illegal based on the UN Charter (Article 51) that only allows military force in situations of immediate self-defense.  Thus, because the United States is not currently under direct attack by Syria at the moment, a U.S. military strike on Syria would be illegal.

     Furthermore, a U.S. military strike on Syria would not at all be aimed at “aiding the Syrian humanitarian cause.”  Already more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war, and over two-million Syrian civilians have fled the country and are now refugees.  A U.S. military strike on Syria will not protect Syrian civilians from future threat and would potentially increase the civilian death toll.

     A U.S. military strike on Syria would also have drastic effects in the region, and could mean retaliation from Syria and/or its allies such as Iran or Russia.  It also could exacerbate any of the multiple current wars/conflicts currently being fought in Syria at the moment, including the Syrian civil war, the sectarian (Sunni-Shi’a) war, regional (Saudi-Iran) power war, global U.S.-Russia war, and the U.S./Israel- Iran war over nuclear policy. 

     Instead of taking military action in Syria, the United States must take immediate action in galvanizing world leaders to demand a multilateral cease-fire, support the political process and a rapid convening of a Geneva II peace conference with all involved actors, press for a full blockade of arms, arrange to evacuate Syrian people who choose to flee harm’s way, provide care for the evacuees and assist with re-settlement once the civil war has ended. 

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