- Posted September 5, 2013 by
East Moline, Illinois
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Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Maybe (A solder's take)
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Okay here is my stance on intervening in Syria;
1. I don't think we should intervene or pick sides in a sovereign nation's civil war, no matter how evil that nation may or may not be. I also believe that if a people want something bad enough they will have the resolve to win on their own. They do not need the "United States Police Department" to run to the aid.
War is hell and people die, soldiers and civilians alike. During the American Civil War, for example, 750,000 soldiers died not counting the endless numbers of civilians we lost. Our Civil War was fought with technology far less deadly than those being used today. Civil Wars are bloody ordeals, the images are scary and inhuman but it is their war to fight, win or lose it is their fight!
2. We should, however, strike at Syria's ability to use chemical weapons. Don't get me wrong there is debate in the international community that is was in fact the rebels who used chemicals weapons. This shouldn't matter, however, whatever side used the chemicals weapons needs to be stopped. The UK has confirmed that weapons were used! So we should act!
We are bound by international law to intervene, disrupt, and destroy Syria's ability to use chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons has been banned by the Geneva Conventions, more precisely "Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare of 1925" This treaty was reaffirmed in 1993 in response to Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Kurds after Operation Desert Storm.
The world at large has drawn a line in the sand stating these weapons will not be tolerated. We as a world leader have an obligation to enforce this treaty. If we do not take action now these treaties are not worth the paper they are written on and more rouge nations will be more likely to use chemical weapons. The world needs to know that if you break the Geneva Conventions or any international law , force will be used to stop you. If we choose to do nothing, why bother signing the treaties in the first place?