- Posted September 6, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Maybe (Syria): What does the US really want to solve?
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
I am no authority on issues relating to war, but I feel as global citizens, each of us have the responsibility to question and understand what's happening in Syria. Thousands of people, civilians, have died in this war and we've come to a point where we have to discuss solutions. What's confusing though is that every conversation about Syria always raises so many questions and we, people like you and I, are left wondering where do we begin to talk about this.
I think in reality, there are just one real question: What is the kind of intervention that should be made in Syria?
Should the West use military intervention? Should the West uphold international law and Assad be tried the International Court? The way we choose to intervene in Syria will determine the price that we pay for it. Now, there has been an alleged use of chemical weapons, photographs have surfaced and there is the UN investigation being conducted. India's position on this is that while it condemns the use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world, it would literally mean a diplomatic blunder for the United States.
I would think that it's perhaps best for the United States to think twice about intervening in Syria without knowing what it hopes to solve. Is it there for chemical weapons? Is it there to overthrow the government? Is it there for the thousands of civilians whose lives at immediate threat? Will going to war when being isolated diplomatically by the international community serve any purpose? The conversation about Syria should not just be about the use of weapons, the conversation should be about how the world community can come together to understand the complex nature of this conflict. At this point, I think that the United States is in a position where one wrong move could not only affect millions of lives, but could cause a rift in its relations with other countries.