Solution for Syria steeped in US insecurities
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 14:09
Since its uprising in 2011, the conflict in Syria has only been made worse.
Although the United Nations has tried to intervene, the veto power from Russia has kept them out, and subsequently discouraged any western country from getting involved.
However, on August 27, after news of Bashar Al-Assad using chemical weapons, John Kerry gave the first official word: the United States was planning to take matters into their own hands, and intervene in Syria.
His plan did come with one stipulation, however. When asked what would stop the US from intervening, he proposed, though jokingly, for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.
Much to everyone’s surprise, that’s exactly what Al-Assad proposed.
In fact, this was a plan that even Russia came out to support. So, with multiple countries finally in agreement, there’s no reason for anyone to disagree, right?
As it turns out, the news of Syria’s plans to do exactly what the United States proposed is angering… the United States.
The dissent from the new plan stems from the fact that Kerry was reportedly joking when he made his proposal, so Al-Assad’s response was extremely unexpected.
When it comes to international relations, the United States is often seen as “the police of the world,” and is usually the first to propose ideas on how to deal with countries in the wrong.
When President Obama chose to intervene, it was expected to be routine.
But when Al-Assad agreed to the only thing that would stop the United States from intervening, it threw a wrench in their plans, casting doubt upon whether or not it was the right decision.
However, their worry is not because they think it is the wrong plan. It’s because it wasn’t their idea.
Why does the United States reject plans just because they don’t come from their people? It seems as if the US is insecure. If other countries have good ideas, the US thinks might lose some of its influence with the rest of the world.
Bottom line, it’s high time that the United States let go of some of its insecurities. The government seems to fixate on influence, and has lost touch with the fact that human lives are at stake.
Waiting longer only means lower international relations and a higher death toll.
As the news on Syria is slowly dying down, in the wake of budget conflicts and yet another threat of shutdown, it is important to still remember the rest of the world.
The United States should stop fanning the flames with international relations, or risk getting burned from other world influences.