Diplomats Requesting Intervention in Syria
28 June 2016
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
In his desire to avoid repeating mistakes made in Iraq, U.S. President Barack
Obama believed that he stood out when deciding to overlook the Syrian crisis
as it emerged. However, many have come to criticize the negative policy of
political neutrality adopted by the Obama administration, and wish it to be
Fifty one diplomats at the U.S. Department of State signed a petition
requesting a Syrian military intervention which brings down Bashar al-Assad's
tyrannical regime and puts an end to all the violent crimes his forces commit
on a daily basis.
The stance taken by diplomats only reflects the ever increasing support for an
intervention, and the dissatisfaction brought about by the current ways
tackling the unspeakable horrendous tragedy that Syria is today.
U.S. Senator John McCain stood alone at first, when he demanded an effective
confrontation to the vile crimes committed by Assad's regime, and warned that
ignoring the Syrian crisis will create a yet larger issue. He also cautioned
that ISIS will cross Syrian borders, spreading terror to the world. Many
people, military men, politicians, activists, intellects and diplomats now
share that opinion.
Despite all the appalling tragedies and crises occurring all around the world,
the Syrian dilemma is considered the worst by far. The Syrian crisis broke all
known records on brutality and genocide that are accompanied by war. Over half
a million Syrians have been reportedly killed, most of which are civilians,
while another ten million have been displaced, a third of which seeking asylum
away from their homeland.
The policy on political neutrality did not only allow Assad's regime to carry
on with its killings and driving people away from home, but also inhibited any
attempts of U.S. allies supporting the Syrian Opposition or supplying them
with U.S.-made artillery.
At the break of the Syrian civil war, no one asked for Washington to partake
in offensives, nor to provide arms' support; however, what was requested is
for the U.S. to merely not choke the process of arming the Syrian Opposition.
Arming the Syrian Opposition would have translated into enabling targeted
zones to stand against the incessant perilous attacks targeting thousands of
With the lack of adequate armament, killing and displacing of Syrians became
an easy task. Keeping in mind that it is a smaller part achieved of a greater
agenda meant for cleansing the population. Iranians and Russians then filled
the gap, by creating newfound military conglomerates comprising bigoted
sectarian militias gathered from all around the world and injected into Syria.
Facing such dark times, it is only natural for Syria to become the worst and
most precarious place in the world. Rendered as such, it now hosts the same
terrorism spreading and threatening both Europe and the world.
Sampling in ISIS' terror and ideology spreading worldwide, the damage entailed
by the Syrian crisis is far too great to be accounted for. The destruction
which ravaged Syria, breaking down its demographic constituents will make
peace a difficult ambition, regardless of how far international parties come
to concede on principals.
Moreover, as Iran is left to grow and become a sizable military body which
fights beyond national borders- one other ever growing danger is posed. It
infected Syria first and now, Iraq.
The chaos we bear witness today is a result of absent policies, and choosing
to remain uninvolved. With that being realized, it eventually led to a rare
occasion were American diplomats side with an intervention rather against it.
Everyone is aware of the unbearable at hand, with security put on stake.
What is more, the request for intervention is accompanied by a long list of
supportive intellects and scholars who refuse to uphold a negative policy of
political neutrality in Syria. Is their request a good one? Yes, will it be
Time is no longer an ally, the U.S. – and for a long time- will be occupied
with its own affairs. The elections are right around the corner, and are to be
followed with the very slow months of appointing the newly elected President.
Not to mention the time spent on assembling the administration and attending.
Moreover, a series of activities will also keep the new administration busy.
A year is too long to wait for a change in U.S. policy — the situation
requires that regional countries do not rely on the States in putting an end
for the current situation.
The growing support for the Syrian Opposition is an elite choice and an
ethical one, which might ease the road for regional countries- should they
wish- to increase that support and thus push the Syrian peace talks towards a
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers of
Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is
currently based in Dubai.