President of the United States of America, Barack Obama said on Thursday that the civil war in Syria has come to ‘critical juncture’.
The conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition forces has claimed more than 70, 000 people according to the United Nations. A whole generation of the country has been destroyed and the refugees are living a life worse than death in neighboring countries. The international political community especially the U.S. thinks that ‘more should be done in Syria’ to deal with the ongoing unrest.
Previously in February, John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State had offered $60 million in non-lethal assistance to the rebel fighters in Syria. Proposal by the CIA and Pentagon to supply military vehicles or communications to the opposition forces was turned down by President Barack Obama last year. Medical assistance and provision of food however was backed up.
I direct the drawdown of up to $10 million in nonlethal commodities and services from the inventory and resources of any agency of the United States Government to provide food and medical supplies to the SOC and the SMC for distribution to those in need.
The U.S. is being criticized for its involvement in the Syrian crisis. Last month, when reports were received that chemical warfare had broken out in Syria; Bashar al-Assad’s regime claimed that the banned weapons were being supplied by the United States to the rebel fighters. The ‘non-lethal’ American assistance is being viewed as a way of creating further crisis in Syria to bring down the president’s government.
The involvement is being eyed with suspicion because of the previous cases of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. It did not really provide a resolution for the conflict but fanned it into a greater fire. The United States, therefore, has to answer several questions regarding its involvement in the Syrian crisis.