Earlier this year we know that Syria used chemical weapons upon its people. Many argue that at times like this humanitarian intervention has never looked so easy, but over the recent two years outsiders have missed the opportunities to impact the outcomes for the better. The United States feels as if on an ethical basis they need to prevent further atrocities from happening, and argue that doing nothing carries a bigger risk.
The scenarios that which this situation can play out go as follows. We can do nothing, or we can pursue the second option to change the regime, or finally a third option in which we can use force to stop Syria from ever using WMD again.
We can see in this case, and like other moral ethical dilemmas that there are many options and decisions one must consider, many of them not a perfect option. How do we go about this? Learning from the past, what prevention could have been done then, that would result in what wouldn't have happened earlier this year?
Look forward to getting any feedback on this, thanks.
From day 1 I have been of the opinion that the US needs to stay away from any form of intervention in Syria and I still stand by that. When I say any form of intervention I mean not even providing any form of logistical or intelligence support to the rebel groups. The only form of intervention should be humanitarian (making sure the people have enough food and clean drinking water). Let me give you my reason for this. The rebel groups are unorganized and weak. It is unlikely that 'little' support from the US will strengthen them to overpower the Syrian administration. This will only prolong the war and the suffering of the common people and I generally believe that 99% of the population does not identify itself with either groups.
Alternative histories are difficult but let me use a analogy here. There was tremendous pressure on Obama internally and from allied states to go after Iran using all the military might available. He resisted all that pressure and today, with the benefit of hindsight, we can say that the Iran issue is on the verge of being resolved, or at least a few steps are being taken toward a peaceful solution. Today we are moving in the same direction with regards to Iran. Had the US intervened this outcome would have been impossible.
The option that seemed most risky of doing nothing proved to be the best option. In general, for future ethical dilemmas too, the best option is minimal intervention (or no intervention) by another state and all humanitarian aid to be channeled through UN.