- Posted September 1, 2013 by
Durham, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Yes (Uncertainty Threatens a Falling Syria)
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Remember the trust game in sixth grade? You hold your arms out for a friend, promise him you will catch him, and then confirm your mutual trust if he in fact turns around and falls in your arms.
Well today Syria is falling, yet the world is unsure whether to extend its arms out to catch.
It was a little over two years ago when the remarkable feat of the Arab Spring began, eventually spreading its excitement into the tension-filled streets of Syria. The first demonstrations in Daraa gave Syrian citizens a beacon of hope for a new “Free Syria” to come. Amazing at the time, this movement quickly transitioned into what has become one of the largest and most tragic humanitarian crises in recent history.
Just last week on August 21st, it was suspected that chemical weapons were used near Damascus, an act unanimously seen as an infringement of human rights and worldwide code of conduct. In President Obama’s words, the “Red line” was crossed. Now the question of U.S. and worldwide intervention prevails. Do we trust the outcome enough to keep our arms extended in hopes of catching Syria before its foreboding collapse?
I understand the hesitation. Who is to say that the death toll of over 100,000 necessitates worldwide action when the world is confronted with ongoing problems on a daily basis? Or who is to say Syria should be America’s locus of interest and military focus when we are currently undergoing a fiscal crisis, bureaucratic strife, and are amid palpable tension with foreign countries such as Iran and Russia?
It is understandable why many would not want American troops to be involved in, yes, another war. But where do we stand?
All-in-all, the world has many adversaries to fight. However, it is critical that we catch those who will hit the ground first.
Didn’t we as Americans once say that we would stand by and support any populace standing up for freedom? Never mind freedom – it seems there is no time to think about that anymore. We now have an obligation as human beings to defend those who are being massacred in the most inhumane of ways.
Cries for freedom should not fall on deaf ears, and pleas for help should be magnified at the highest octave.
As a Syrian-American, I am directly impacted by the violence in the region. My extended family in its entirety is still living amongst the bloodshed. Skype calls quickly get emotional when I hear stories of my own relatives fighting for bread and water. Half of my relatives have become internally displaced refugees in that they have been forced to abandon their homes to seek refuge elsewhere in the country. The other half of my relatives have left Syria altogether, trying to find refuge in Egypt and Lebanon.
As a student, I continue to raise awareness of the atrocities occurring in Syria in the hopes of instigating aid efforts. I am currently working on a university-wide humanitarian organization directed towards providing medical and financial needs to Syrian refugees and civilians.
Besides the direct aid, my goal is to inspire others. I want people to never hesitate to extend a helping hand, and I ask the world to not be distracted and forget about the events in Syria. The situation originally began as one of freedom and democracy; now it is about humanity – about life.
In order for the world to catch Syria, we as individuals have to all raise our hands together. One at a time let’s do our best to understand what is going on.
One-by-one let’s put the effort and catch Syria before it topples.