As a son of refugees myself, I originally carried a biased opinion on this topic before researching it. My family originated in Bosnia and in the mid-1900s the Bosnian Civil War broke out and forced my family to leave all of their belongings and run from their home to avoid death. Innocent fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters had to hide in forests and live outside until NATO stepped in to help. My family went to Germany as refugees where they tried to start a new life. I was born and then a few years later we moved to the United States as refugees. I am very thankful for the help that these countries gave to my family and the other families who were affected.
After I researched this topic and learned the perspectives of each side of the argument, I then formed a different opinion. I related to the refugees, but I also related to the registered voters of the United States who want to protect their country from terrorists. At the end I formed a compromise between both parties.
With a civil war killing thousands of innocent people and displacing millions of others from their homes, Syrians cannot see an end to their suffering coming anytime soon. After ruler Bashar al-Assad tried to end pro-democratic protests in March of 2011 with lethal force, Syrians didn’t step down, but instead began to lead more protests and riots. These civil acts turned uncivil once the Syrians began to use lethal force against al-Assad’s security forces. These pro-democratic protests have led to a civil war that is still going on today, and has “taken more than 250,000 lives by 2015” (United Nations).
The main controversy revolves around whether the United States should help the six million Syrian refugees that are running away from their war torn nation. Various nations in Europe have stepped up and have been accepting these refugees, especially Germany who has accepted over a million of them. The problem with accepting these refugees came during the Paris Attacks that happened in November of 2015. An attack carried out by the terrorist organization ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) claimed the lives of over 100 French citizens while also injuring over 300 others. ISIL originated during the Syrian Civil War and it was later discovered that multiple attackers involved with the Paris Attacks were Syrian men who migrated into France as refugees seeking asylum.
President Donald Trump has refused to accept any more Syrian refugees because of the security risk to the nation. Over 50% of American voters agree with Trump that the United States should not accept them anymore even if the risk of an attack is very low. If there was a bowl of 1000 M&M’s and 10 of them were poisonous, would you still eat from the bowl?
Should the United States look the other way? No it shouldn’t. The United States has been actively helping and arming the rebel groups in Syria fight al-Assad to establish a democracy, so the United States needs help the innocent people that are being directly affected by the rebel actions. The best thing a wealthy and powerful nation such as the United States could do would be to help Syrians live in Syria. Protect the innocent and set up safe zones in the country. Keep them safe until the war can find a conclusion. “On April 7th, 2017, the United States attacked Syria’s Shayrat airbase and destroyed about 20% of the Syrian government’s operational aircraft” (Westcott). This attack was a response by the United States when 80 people were killed, including children, by chemical weapons that were used by the Syrian government. This retaliation has showed the world that the United States will not tolerate acts against humanity and is ready to use force to send a message.
A CNN video surfaced where a Syrian chemical attack survivor, Kassem Eid, thanked President Trump for stepping up and taking action against the Syrian government. Eid praised the attack and pleaded to CNN’s audience that Syrians don’t want to leave their country, they want to be able to live there, “…if you really care about Syrians, please help us stay in our country… please help set up safe zones” (Eid). The United States needs to help lead this war to a compromise and help protect the innocent, too many people are losing their lives and homes to this war.
United Nations. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Updated Statistical Analysis of Documentation of Killings in the Syrian Arab Republic. By Megan Price, Anita Gohdes, and Patrick Ball. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.
Westcott, Ben. "US Missile Strike Took out 20% of Syria's Airforce, Mattis Claims." CNN. Cable News Network, 11 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.