Opinion | Based on recent events, Syria could be in same state as Iraq
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 01:10
As the Iraq war comes to a close, a new threat arises to take its place. Many politicians in the United States believe Syria could become the next Iraq if an agreement is not met. The Syrian civil war has been going on for 2 1/2 years with no end in sight. Most recently the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, was accused of using chemical weapons on his own people to try and quell the resistance. This was met with much contention specifically between the United States and Russia. With Syria being in the Middle East and their leader being a dictator, accusations of weapons of mass destruction being used and United States and Russia having discrepancies over how to deal with Syria one could say this sounds like Iraq all over again. But, before diving into Syria let us look back at Iraq.
In March 2003, President George W. Bush addressed the nation telling everyone that the United States was going to war with Iraq. The terrorist bombings of Sept. 11, 2001 were still fresh in the people’s minds and there was still a sense of revenge. There were also reports of weapons of mass destruction being built in Iraq at the time. Russia did not agree with this and wanted further investigation. Similarly, to present-day Syria, Russia’s stance on Iraq was “wait and see.” Once they had finished their investigations the Russian’s suggested Iraq should cooperate more with the United Nations.
This suggestion would largely be ignored. The weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein killing his own people are what President Bush said was making the United States go to war. President Bush in his address to the nation said, “The people United States and our friends and allies will not live, at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.”
It is interesting to see that Iraq had a very similar situation as Syria does today.
Syria, like Iraq, has been very uncooperative and has even claimed that the accusations being made against them were false. Bashar al-Assad says that he is only trying to stop the resistance. The United States has decided to take a stand and be the front-runner in ousting Bashar al-Assad. United States President Barrack Obama has made many claims that Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons.
He most recently addressed the United Nations about this problem in a speech he gave on, Sept. 24, 2013. He believes that it is the United Nations’ job to stop al-Assad because of the international laws that clearly state chemical weapons are not allowed to be used.
President Barrack Obama says that if the United Nations will not step up and stop al-Assad then they are not upholding one of the more basic international laws. He also seems to be insinuating that if the United Nations does not move against the Assad regime then the United States will. “When I stated my willingness to order a limited strike against the Assad regime in response to the brazen use of chemical weapons I did not do so lightly,” he said, according to The New York Times.
This shows that the United States is ready to intervene if an agreement with Syria does not come soon.
Luckily, in more recent events, Syria has started talking with the United Nations about a chemical weapons agreement. This deal would allow United Nations’ inspectors into all sites in the country and Syria would have to hand over all of its chemical weapons. This would be a much more peaceful solution but there is still a good amount of work left to be done before an agreement is reached. If the agreement is not reached then the United States may be looking at another war in the Middle East.
Is Syria the next Iraq? If the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons fails and the United Nations or the United States decide to intervene, then yes, Syria is the next Iraq. The United States may not start with an invasion like they did in Iraq, but if President Barrack Obama believes more force is needed, United States troops will be fighting in the Middle East again. It is not only in the United States’ best interest that there is not another war like Iraq, but in the world’s best interest as well.
For now, the world just sits and waits hoping this agreement is reached.