By Essence Dennis |Staff Writer|
Lifeless bodies strewn across the street, the scent of gun powder sits strong in the air, civilians are the enemy.
This is the scene in Syria, with the death toll estimated to be around 140,000 people and children counting for 7,000 of that toll.
The United States’ military has been watching over Syria for about three years, having been sent in under the context of finding weapons of mass destruction and bringing peace, but years later no identifiable changes have been seen.
“I think Obama should pull (people) out, because the numbers (death toll) has yet to decrease,” said student Jacqueline Maxwell. “We went in with good intentions, but nothing has changed so far.”
The U.S. was aware in 2011 of the chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had and the public was warned about what going to Syria could likely cause “Our strikes could result in Assad killing more civilians with chemical weapons,” according to The Washington Post.
In recent news, the National Security Agency began to develop “a battle plan that featured a sophisticated cyber-attack on the Syrian military and Assad’s structure” according to The New York Times.
The NSA came up with the idea in response to the Syrian military being equipped and able to launch an airstrike(s) on any particular target as well as having many missile production facilities.
While Obama still wants the US to aid in the war against Assad, he is only willing to do so under the condition that US troops are not involved in any ground fighting according to haaretz.com.
When asked if the crisis in Syria is even an issue America should be involved in, Huda Aljord, professor of Arabic language said, “Of course, America is considered the biggest and most powerful country in the world so this kind of country has to be in charge, I think Syria is the nation that needs the most help.”
“Our troops could help with medical aid, food, water, and necessities such as this, however, providing aid does not require placing our troops in danger,” said an anonymous student. “In reality, this is a crime against humanity, and that is what requires intervention.”
Israel has struck Syria three times within the last three years in attempt to halt refined weapons from reaching Hezbollah, a Lebanese ally according to The New York Times.
“All of this started in a peaceful way and many foreign powers intervened and made it slightly worse which brought up a rebellion that wanted a reform and then a regime change,” said Dany Doueiri, associate professor of Arabic language and Islamic culture. Doueiri believes America should try for a “true push for diplomatic relationship, which could be harder to achieve, but could be long lasting, (rather than) the military way of doing things.”