How can one fight fire with fire? Wouldn’t that just create more fire?
Though it is widely believed that international intervention ‘helps’ to curb internal and civil conflict within a country, what we are witnessing in Syria is exactly the opposite of it.
It’s true that Syria wouldn’t have been better off without any international involvement but now that we see that it is being ‘played’ by countries like the US, Israel and now Russia, we can safely deduce that their intervention has been anything but helpful. And this time around, the late intervention has actually made the situation far worse.
The European Union countries failed on Monday to agree on easing an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad. Consequently, Russia which is a long-time ally of the Syrian government, promised to supply one of its most advanced anti-aircraft missiles. And as a result of all of these agreements and accords, Israel is ready to bomb Syria.
It’s like a chain reaction. Isn’t it?
Conflicting parties in an already war-struck zone get heavily armed and a regional hegemony (Israel) with a history of hostility towards neighboring countries gets threatened and decides to attack as well.
Who wins in the end? Probably no one. Who dies in the end? The people of Syria. So is international intervention of any help? I think not.
Syria, which was up until now struggling through a civil war and its consequences, is now facing the threat of a proxy war and will now have to struggle through its consequences as well. All of which would probably be even worse. We cannot completely put the blame on international intervention for this but it surely has contributed a lot in worsening the situation.
As far as the U.S. is concerned, it has been providing ‘non-lethal’ support to the lethally armed Syrian rebels for quite some time and has done anything definitive to curb the spiraling violence in Syria. In fact, when Israel bombarded Syria’s border this month, all U.S. had to say was that it wasn't notified about the air strike.
So who is concerned about the refugees? Who is intervening to protect the innocent men, women and children of the country? Who is keeping a check on the war crimes?
No one is. And no one is going to for the time being. Let’s just leave this stuff for humanitarian organizations and concentrate on weapons for now. That’s right. This is how international intervention works, or doesn’t.