The Civil War Of The Middle East Essay

939 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Middle Eastern Arab states are currently engulfed in complete chaos and violence. Political turmoil and sectarian violence swept the Arab world after the Arab Spring in 2011. There are civil wars, riots and protest, religious conflict and the ongoing genocide in Arab countries. Many people who follow current events are aware of the civil wars in Syria and Yemen or have a general idea of what’s going on, as it is all over TV and internet. When people grew tired of their failing dictators they began protest. Peaceful protesting soon became violent when government officials attempted to suppress it. This eventually led to a full scale civil war. Two years into the war, it became an international issue when countries such as the U.S. and Russia began taking sides in the Syrian conflict, while Saudi Arabia led military intervention in the civil war of Yemen. The civil wars are causing a massive refugee crisis in the Middle East. The displacement of these refugees is the biggest humanitarian crisis in modern history because a mass dislocation on this scale has not been seen since WWII.
The biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century is the Syrian Civil War (O’Rourke 711). In the journal, Education for Syrian Refugees, O’Rourke describes the horrific event that took place on August 21, 2013 where government officials launched a chemical attack on protestors. The incident resulted in the death and injury of thousands, including well over 400 children. The non-violent…

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