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What are the solutions to the Syrian crisis? Show more Show less

The Syrian crisis is part of a wider conflict the origins of which can be traced back to the Arab Spring of 2011. The dissatisfaction of some of the countries in the Arab world with their corresponding governments had led to many anti-government protests demanding a better standard of living in countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Some of these countries were successful in creating significant regime change. However, and 9 years later with over 6.5 million nationals displaced and over half a million deaths; what solutions are there to a crisis happening in a country which has become a political playground for many belligerents?

All military action in Syria must end Show more Show less

Military action will only make the situation worse and even more complicated. Therefore, there should be a cease-fire on all military force pushed for by the Trump administration.
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The United Nations should enforce the ending of violence in Syria.

There should be an end to all military involvement in Syria. The US should support this notion by working alongside the UN to implement international law by taking diplomatic measures.
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Context

The Argument

Syria's civil war has become convoluted, with internal and international powers all fighting each other. Violence and atrocities spread daily, and no involved party is innocent. The US, along with some Middle Eastern gulf states, militarily back rebel groups rebelling against the Assad regime. The CIA has aided and trained the rebellion for years, in addition to bombing the Assad dictatorship. Assad ruthlessly attacks the rebels with traditional and chemical weapons, and is backed by Iraq and Russia. ISIS is warring with almost everyone, as are the Kurdish rebel groups seeking independence. It is clear that no single side can gain traction in such a convoluted mess of a war; the only possible solution is to end violence altogether. The main goal of ending the Syrian conflict should be to protect human rights and peace for those living in the area. In such a divided region with so many parties vying for power, any one power ruling will violate the right of those they rule to live how they desire. The only way to ensure human rights are not violated, and to end the bloodshed and unrest in the region, is a diplomatic solution backed by the UN and US to pull all military involvement in Syria and broker a peace agreement. [1]

Counter arguments

Although an end to all violence in Syria is a nice thought, it simply isn't realistic. If it were possible for everyone to sign a treaty and make peace, the divisions between groups are too strong for it to work so easily. There are tons of factors at plays, and diplomacy is already a very complicated business. The addition of international influences and the complexity of the conflict make straightforward diplomacy impossible. Although peace should be the goal in the end, it is far off and the issue is not as simple as everyone ending the violence all of a sudden.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The main cause of conflict in Syria is violence. [P2] Something that is part of the cause can not be part of the solution. [P3] Ending violence is the only way to solve the Syrian conflict.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The cause of the Syrian conflict is differing ideals; violence is a result of this, not a basic cause. [Rejecting P2] This is not always true, violence is sometimes necessary to stop more violence.

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References

  1. https://www.tni.org/es/node/12462

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