“With great power comes great responsibility”. This quote comes from fiction, but is truly made for our very real world. In Syria today; we Americans and the rest of the world are bearing witness to what a lack of responsibility looks like. One hundred thousand men, woman, and children are dead, because we have failed to do what is necessary in Syria. We have a chance to blunt this terrible mistake by taking action in Syria, but there are many people today who seemingly have lost all courage and are willing to let a true bastard get away with the murder of children with possibly one of the most brutal weapons that exists today. We need to act, this evil must be destroyed, but I have learned from our mistakes in Iraq and I would like to lay why and how we should replace the regime in Syria. First, why we should commit ourselves to this goal. There are many reasons, but none so striking as the mere moral truth, that our great power in the past has shaped the world for the better. That because America chose to spread our ideals; we live in a world where there are no Nazi reichs to oppress people simply based upon their heritage, we live in a world where poverty is on the decline through our charity, and we live in a world where every human being can rise to astronomical success because of capitalism. However we also live in a world marked with the scars of where we hesitated or turned a blind eye, because of isolationists like Rand Paul. Isolationists allowed WW1 to fester instead of end, isolationism allowed tens of millions to die in WW2 instead of end quickly, and isolationism has allowed the existence of atrocities such as Bosnia where hundreds of thousands who could have lived, are no longer are with us. This is and countless other examples is why I strongly believe America’s role in the world is to shape for the betterment of mankind and our fellows in other nations. However that is the past, and the present is far more pressing. In Syria we do not face a quagmire as some congressmen with no experience in foreign policy would suggest, but instead an opportunity to truly bring the Middle East closer to stability. If the United States with a coalition could secure Syria and ensure that the proper people create a new constitution we could create an ally that would truly be a massive victory in several of our foreign policy goals. Syria is a direct ally of Iran and is no friend to us or any of our allies. It is also currently a smuggling route for the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon which uses the supplies from this route as their primary weapons supply. Taking this smuggling route from Hezbollah would cripple their threat to Israel by closing their pipeline of Russian rockets and firearms. Also it would allow us to repair our relations in the Middle East by strengthening our relations with Syria’s neighbors Turkey and Jordan. Finally we could decisively rekindle America’s reputation in the world as a country who fights for the good of all. I believe with all of these reasons it would be heavily weighted in America’s favor for us to change Syria’s regime. So here’s the million dollar question how do we do it? It’s far easier than you might think, we are the greatest military on Earth and not mention we have some pretty powerful friends. I do not think we should or even need to fight in Syria unilaterally. We have the support of the international community and our friends will follow us into the hell that is Syria if we lead the charge. Unfortunately the British will not join us, but our coalition should be able to include: Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, France, and of course the Syrian Free Army. Utilizing this coalition we will create a 4 front war in Syria that will pressure Assad into a quick surrender or face absolute annihilation. The ground force in this conflict will be the Syrian Free Army on all 4 fronts. The 4 fronts will be the north (Turkish border), east (Jordan border), south (Israel border), and finally the west. The United States along with Israel, France, and Saudi Arabia will provide air support along with a bombing campaign. The northern front will be composed of Turkish artillery along with rebel ground forces augmented by air support from the French. The western front will be primarily airstrikes from the US air force augmented by operations by the rebels on the ground. The southern front will be composed of Israeli forces in the air bombing targets along with ground assaults from the rebels as in the northern front. Finally the western front will be made up of a purely air campaign by the US on key Syrian targets to initially take ports on the northern coasts to allow humanitarian supplies to be shipped in and then the front will focus on taking out key regime targets like ammo dumps and identifying chemical weapons sites for coalition strike forces to seize and neutralize. The war will be composed of three phases: destroy air force along with anti-aircraft guns, identify and seize chemical weapon depots with coalition strike forces (not rebels), and finally force Assad to surrender as quickly as possible. This is my suggestion for action in Syria and it is not perfect or completely filled in, but I think it provides a reasonable outline for what action we should take and how. I would enjoy hearing your opinion of my piece and what you think we should do in respect to Syria.
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