Syria's Civil War Essay

1849 Words Sep 29th, 2013 8 Pages
Syria’s Civil War
The civil war going on in Syria has been a topic of much discussion. What began as peaceful protests has turned into brutal civil war with over 100,000 deaths and counting. The images of men, women, and children being gassed or shot to death are just horrible to watch and hard to bear. With all these casualties and the U.S government expects to make a series of targeted military strikes against the Syrian government?
Syria is a country in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria is very diverse, ethnically and religiously. The country’s population is divided among Sunni Arabs (a little less than 60 percent of the population); Christians (about 10 – 12 percent); Alawites, a Shiite offshoot
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When Syria used those chemical weapons they committed a crime against humanity and a violation of the laws of war. Thus the United States had to take action and let the government of Syria know that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated and that the disposal of them will be of outmost importance.
As a result of the civil war going on in Syria, new groups of terrorists were formed that could prove troublesome in the future and be given the freedom to plan international attacks. Such groups include Jabhat al-Nusra, The Free Syrian Army and Hezbollah. Jabhat al-Nusra or Al-Nursa Front is made up of rebel forces that have pledge their allegiance to Al-Qaeda and are against the Syrian government. The Free Syrian Army is composed of defected Syrian Armed Forces personnel and volunteers and is the main opposition against Syria (Tabler, Totten 28).
Lastly, Hezbollah a Shi’a Islamic militant group and political party based in Lebanon. Hezbollah is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim world, and its military is considered more powerful than the Lebanese Army. It has taken the side of the Syrian government and its civil war. For thirty years, Syria has offered protection and facilitated a pipeline of money and arms from Iran. With Syrian and Iranian help, Hezbollah has become the most powerful force in Lebanon (Filkins).
The United States has already intervened in

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