Syrian refugees and local residents holding opposition flags take part in a
demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, outside the
Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, July 12. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
The Syrian civil war continues. It began on March 15, 2011 and has proven to be a bloody, violent and complicated battle between a government that refuses to step out and an armed rebellion that completely opposes the government. Not one day passes without reading about it, about the need of foreign intervention, about desperate refugees and uncountable human rights violations. The United Nations has attempted to intervene repeatedly, but due to disagreements in its Security Council, no resolution has been officially made, stopping the UN from taking part in the Syrian internal conflict. The UN Leader Ban Ki-moon has stated the urgent necessity of increasing international efforts towards establishing a resolution to the Syrian civil war. However, this would mean foreign intervention in Syria’s affairs, which could be considered a violation to the country’s self-determination and independence. Should others intervene? What if the war escalates and other countries get militarily involved? But shouldn’t alleged human rights violations perpetrated by the Syrian officials be stopped? Or is it simply wrong to meddle in their affairs?
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October 4, 2012, 12:47pm UPDATE: Turkey authorises use of force in Syria
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Xavier A. Torres de Janon is an intern at EarthAction. He attended a bilingual school in Ecuador and has always been interested in social justice and sustainability issues and solutions.He currently attends Hampshire College, where he plans to focus on international relations and affairs, global conflicts, peace and security, and human rights in general. In his free time, he knits and reads.