The conflict in Syria has become of great concern to the international community due to the signs of a civil war occurring within the country. But is an intervention the answer? The UN Human rights Council recently conducted a meeting concluding that the international community must step in to protect the people. An article from AlJazeera describes the events and casualties in some detail, along with relaying information form the UN meeting. It then gives other points of view from what actions the European Union have taken in tightening sanctions of targets involved with energy and financial sectors, along with individuals that support the regime. It then discusses the fact that Syria has suspended its membership from the Mediterranean Union( formed in an effort to increase cooperation among Europe, Middle East and North Africa) in a response to European measures. There is also a statement from the Arab League claiming that they are not supportive of an intervention, although they have also joined European Union discussions. It then gives a response from the Syrian minister accusing the Arab League of wanting to internationalize the conflict. In another article from CNN on the Syrian conflict it relays a similar message of the events that took place during the UN meeting calling to protect the citizens. The majority of the article is a list of tragedies and casualties that are occurring in the area, re-enforcing the original idea that the UN Human Rights Council needs to take action and that pressure from the international community is necessary. The article finally notes that nothing can be confirmed due to the fact that the government does not allow free access to journalists. The two articles both originally report the same fact of the UN Human Rights Council meeting that took place with the idea that international pressure was needed to protect the citizens of Syria during this time that is seen as a “civil war” within the country. However, the articles differ in the fact that AlJazeera gives several points of view from other major players such as the European Union and Arab League. We see what the international community wants to protect the Syrian citizens from these crimes as well as what they are doing to enforce what they believe to be correct through the use of sanctions on important industries. There is also the point of the Arab League sending mixed messages of saying that they reject the intervention while joining European Union discussions. The Syrian Prime Minister pushes back by accusing them of wanting to internationalize the conflict leaving an impression that they do not want that to be the case and the Syrian people themselves can resolve this. THe CNN article in comparison gives few viewpoints. They only detail the fact of what the UN Human Council agreed that they should place international pressure on Syria. It then gave several gruesome details of tragic events almost seemingly in an effort to persuade us that that was the only option. It concluded with a statement saying that journalist were not allowed in the area which assuming was an excuse to why there was little information relaying any other viewpoints from people within the area. The Syrian conflict is a fragile situation. From the information within these articles, the facts are that the UN and others want an International intervention while the Foreign Minister of Syria implies that the country does not need this. This becomes fragile in the fact that if one pushes too hard in their effort the other may respond causing furthur backlash and increasing the crisis. I believe as outside powers we can effort in aid of supplies and needs of the people within the crisis, but the country themselves should be able to ultimately decide for themselves how it should be handled. Civil wars are not pleasant and many lives will be lost, but they occur in an effort to change in the end for the greater good and only the Syrian people can decide that for themselves.
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