Target: U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Stephen Ford
Goal: Send nonviolent aid to Syrian rebels, not weapons or troops
Two years after the end of Syria’s civil war, there are 1.1 million displaced refugees and 70,000 civilians dead. The government is highly unstable, and the fighting between government and rebel forces continues. The U.S. is now debating whether or not to send military aid to the Syrian rebels, but doing this would only further the violence between the warring sides.
The Syrian government is known for its cruel practices–it frequently employs torture and extrajudicial killings to maintain power. The government also possesses significantly more weapons than the rebels do, leading the U.S. to consider sending aid. The rebels, however, have been accused by a U.N. panel of committing murder, rape, and enforced disappearances.
The situation is complicated because both sides have shown themselves to be capable of extreme violence, against civilians as well as against enemy forces. Many jihadist groups also side with the rebels, and arming these extreme groups would be dangerous. France and the U.K. have both expressed their willingness to send weapons to the rebels, and the U.S. is debating sending weapons or troops. This could be a detrimental move, however, as it would lead to more clashes between the two sides, and could have unintended consequences. Instead, the U.S. should send non-violent aid, such as food, medical supplies, and military training. The U.S. would then be able to aid the rebels without directly adding to the violence. Urge the U.S. government to send non-violent aid, instead of increasing the violence in Syria.
Dear Ambassador Ford,
The violence in Syria has been raging for years now, and it is clear that America must support the rebels’ cause. The government in Syria is corrupt and must be replaced. The U.S. can aid the rebels in a number of ways, and those ways do not have to increase the violence. Peaceful aid for the Syrian rebels would be much more commendable than sending troops or weapons.
The rebel forces have committed atrocities very similar to those committed by the government and while their cause is still one the U.S. supports, those violent methods cannot be endorsed by the American government. By sending troops or weapons into Syria, the U.S. would only be giving the rebels the means to continue using violence to further their cause. This is devastating to the country as a whole, and is not the way a fledgling government should begin.
Instead, the U.S. should send aid in the form of nonviolent materials: food, water, clothing, building materials, and military training for rebel forces. In this way the U.S. will be able to provide critical aid, while also not directly contributing to the violence in the area. A policy of peaceful intervention is commendable, and will prevent the spread of violence in the area. This aid will be more beneficial to Syria as a whole, and will help create a more stable country.
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