Should Syria's President Bashar al-Assad be Forced to Step Down?
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Should Syria's President Bashar al-Assad be Forced to Step Down?

by Alex added 10 months ago

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  • Human Rights are important to every debate round. However, the protection of life and quality of life therein are paramount; above all potential political or capital gain. This recent event is nowhere near the first-time Assad has used chemical weapons during the civil war against the Free Syrian Army. The use of chemical weapons is considered a war crime by the United Nations, however, previous attacks concluded with an agreement to have Syria surrender its chemical weapons to Russia to prevent external invasion (which is not a standard punishment for war crimes/crimes against humanity).

    New York Times: 2016: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/world/middleeast/syria-used-chlorine-in-bombs-against-civilians-report-says.html

    Even after receiving that slap on the wrist of a punishment for the last chemical attack on civilians, Assad attacked the general public again a few weeks ago with prohibited nerve agents: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/world/middleeast/chemical-attack-syria.html

    It is clear that Assad has a distinct disregard for human life, and cannot continue to hold power in Syria. It is up to the United Nations to hold Assad accountable not only for his horrific crimes, but also for violating the treaty he signed after the last chemical attack.

    by Alex added 10 months ago 1 1

    Allowing him to remain means giving not only him but also other global dictators license to do things at their pleasure

    by robert added 10 months ago 0 0

    The United States currently holds several economic sanctions against Syria that date back to 2004. In 2011 two of the sanctions added were related to the escalation of violence related to the Syrian Civil war. The sanctions target the national bank in Syria disallowing the transfer of money for any reason from the united states to Syria through their banking system

    Sanctions: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/syria.pdf

    Economic sanctions coming from the United States tend to rapidly destabilize a country’s economy (See: Cuba). The only thing really keeping their economy afloat is support from Russia and Middle Eastern terror organizations. If Assad was forcibly removed by any country or governing body, the civil war could eventually come to an end, considering the Free Syrian Army would be dealing with the powers that dethroned Assad. Once the violence escalation stops, the United States would lift economic sanctions leading to a decreased dependence on funding from terror cells and Moscow. Actual trade without having to deal in favors to stay afloat would help stabilize the Syrian Economy.

    by Alex added 10 months ago 0 1

    If a collaborative effort on the part of the international community took place to force Assad to step down, the western countries could ensure a safe and fair election of a new leader that does not have ties to terror organizations or interest in developing weapons of mass destruction.

    Telegraph, 2015: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11663331/Removing-Assad-is-the-best-way-to-defeat-Isil-in-Syria.html

    by Alex added 10 months ago 0 1

  • Western intervention with Middle Eastern politics has led to some serious problems in the recent past. Considering Assad is currently fighting against ISIL (Enemies all Western Countries and Russia) it would be the best solution to leave him in power for the time being. The forced removal of a dictator causes mass chaos in the time following the dismantle, and there is little to no guarantee that whoever takes control will be better to work with.

    Telegraph, 2016: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/12160391/The-Middle-East-might-just-be-a-problem-that-cant-be-solved-least-of-all-by-Arab-dictators.html

    by Alex added 10 months ago 2 0

    Even after the chemical attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated publicly that he will not turn his back on Assad. The United States dropped 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian airbase where the chemical weapons were allegedly dropped from, and Moscow’s response was fiercely negative.

    ABCNEWS, 2017: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/analysis-russias-assad-stance-dims-hopes-us-thaw-46755524

    While that article is written from the perspective of what options Russia has left in this particular incident, it fails to acknowledge that Russia is a formidable opponent and very few western countries have directly violated Putin’s wishes in recent years. Making the concept of discussion the forced removal of Assad a farce without first dealing with Russia.

    by Alex added 10 months ago 1 0

    Currently, as previously stated; Assad is combating ISIL which is the same fight every other prominent country is in as well. The forced removal of Assad would lead to a situation where the Russians and Western countries are scrambling to get a friendly ally in the Damascus Palace. Between the chaos of elections, the power struggles between Russia, Iran, and all involved Western countries, and a still active (albeit, fizzling) civil war…The fight to stop ISIS/ISIL from power grabbing will be lost with averted focus, which is not an issue anyone can afford to be distracted from at the moment.

    All this to say that, at least for the time being, Assad is the only viable option for Syrian leadership…As unfortunate as that sounds.

    by Alex added 10 months ago 1 0