Radcliffe Takashi Onishi
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What do you think could be a solution to the War in Syria?
What do you think for a solution in Syria?
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Syria is probably the first war that was started by climate change
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The international community should have aided Assad in return for democratic reforms
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Should be U.N. intervention
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This is all part of a larger conflict that will need resolving for lasting peace to be achieved
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This conflict has become too complicated and bloody, and the US has held out for too long
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Syria is probably the first war that was started by climate change

Before the protests in Daraa, the Damascus Spring, and the beginning of civil unrest in Syria there was a devastating drought from 2006 until 2011 in the country. This period saw the large scale migration of poor working class people from the Syrian countryside to larger cities such as Damascus, Hama, Aleppo and Daraa. While not the sole cause of the conflict, this mass migration coupled with other large socio-economic problems fuelled the 2012 protests and arguably form the initial root cause of the war.

The history of conflicts surrounding water as a resource goes back to at least 2500 BCE, but water is gaining an increasingly common role in warfare and political disputes [1]. The drought in Syria, is a modern example of this, where it is thought to have had the worst water shortage in this part of the world in thousands of years between 2006-2011. The worst hit parts of the the country were in the northeast, were nearly 75% of arable farmers suffered total crop failure and most pastoral farmers lost around 85% of their livestock [2]. This not only left over 800,000 Syrians with no livelihood but also contributed massively to food insecurities within the country.

Regardless of the outcome of this war, there is likely to be more wars and conflict because of this massively misunderstood and complex issue. [1] worldwater.org/conflict/list [2] climateandsecurity.org/2012/02/29/syria-climate-change-drought-and-social-unrest independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/climate-change-key-in-syrian-conflict-and-it-will-trigger-more-war-in-future-10081163.html

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Daniel Halliday
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Regardless of the outcome of this war, there is likely to be more wars and conflict because of this massively misunderstood and complex issue. [1] http://www.worldwater.org/conflict/list/ [2] https://climateandsecurity.org/2012/02/29/syria-climate-change-drought-and-social-unrest/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/climate-change-key-in-syrian-conflict-and-it-will-trigger-more-war-in-future-10081163.html
The international community should have aided Assad in return for democratic reforms

With the onset of violence following wide scale protests in 2012, Assad should have been aided to stabilise the country by the international community. But this should have come at the cost of a diplomatic agreement, whereby democratic reforms would take place, under international supervision. Then, following country wide stability, the possibly that Assad's regime would oversee the ceding of power to a democratically elected party could take place peacefully.

Regardless of Assad’s position and background, he did aim to reform Syria and failed. The international community should have offered support for this, rather than standing back to observe the situation and hoping for the deposition of Assad. Helping an enemy reform a country should take precedence over watching a dissent into violence, in the hope that this enemy will be removed. Avoiding war and violence should be of more importance than anything. And minimising this should happen from day one.

Moving forward all sides (including the international involvement that may be at odds from one another) should back the old government in return for an open free democratic election to be held and Assad should then stand trail for war crimes. If the international community stand together the pressure should allow Assad to take the better option rather than wait around and prolonging the inevitable.

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Moving forward all sides (including the international involvement that may be at odds from one another) should back the old government in return for an open free democratic election to be held and Assad should then stand trail for war crimes. If the international community stand together the pressure should allow Assad to take the better option rather than wait around and prolonging the inevitable.
Should be U.N. intervention

International organizations such as the U.N. and NATO should tamp down fighting in Syria and bring an end to a war. Syrian forces are violating their promise of an immediate cessation to fighting. The U.N. should take all appropriate measures to punish countries that are supporting terrorism and bombing. In addition, if the U.N. doesn't prevent the tragedy of a further increase in victims, we should call into question their raison d'etre.

Bashar al-Assad decided to violently subdue the forceful strive for democracy in Syria in the name of state stability. Civilian deaths could have been minimised by earlier action. The UN’s mission should be questioned, and the ability to veto actions should be removed as it denies the UN ability to function in circumstances such as this. We have seen this last in this very case, when in 2012, Russia and China vetoed the UN taking action in Syria, thus prolonging violence.

Now that it has gone too far and descended into civil war for so long, Assad needs to be ousted and democratic elections held under the watchful eye of the UN. It’s time for the UN to change tact and a UN peacekeeping force to intervene.

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Now that it has gone too far and descended into civil war for so long, Assad needs to be ousted and democratic elections held under the watchful eye of the UN. It’s time for the UN to change tact and a UN peacekeeping force to intervene.
This is all part of a larger conflict that will need resolving for lasting peace to be achieved

There are many ethnic, religious, economic and civil rights issues that have made the Syrian civil war so long lasting and complicated. But, when you consider the number of ISIS insurgents, the war is arguably an overspill from the Iraq War and part of the Saudi and Iranian proxy conflicts, sometimes call the Middle East Cold War. These issues will need to be addressed and dealt with, as will the problem of extremist groups that operate in this area that have further exaggerated the suffering and further complicated this conflict.

However, when you consider the presence of both the United States and Russia, backing opposing sides of this conflict, comparisons have been draw between the Syrian Civil War and Cold War era Germany. The opposing involvement of these same two aggressors in multiple proxy wars internationally, including the above mentioned Saudi and Iranian proxy conflicts, is a similar diplomatic landscape to the Cold War.

aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/syria-beginning-cold-war-180422075430047.html

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However, when you consider the presence of both the United States and Russia, backing opposing sides of this conflict, comparisons have been draw between the Syrian Civil War and Cold War era Germany. The opposing involvement of these same two aggressors in multiple proxy wars internationally, including the above mentioned Saudi and Iranian proxy conflicts, is a similar diplomatic landscape to the Cold War.
This conflict has become too complicated and bloody, and the US has held out for too long

The US has held out of a large scale offensive in Syria in an attempt to not repeat history and recreate a situation like Iraq or Afghanistan. The US’ stance under the Obama administration has been a self proclaimed failure. They cannot stand by any longer as countries with massive financial and military territory incentives step into this void (Russia), and aid the proliferation of a regime that ignores human rights and commits war crimes. The US needs to rethink its strategy of just arming and training the FSA and enter the war with feet on the ground.

This doesn’t have to mean an offensive strategy directly, but a safe zone could be set up for rebels and displaced civilians. This area will give respite to Syrians fighting the government, but also give a safer space for refugee’s fleeing the conflict. Allowing a greater number to be internally displaced rather than adding to the alarming number of international asylum seekers. And it will also allow the US to not have a direct hand in the war and potentially repeat the failed military attempts of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Daniel Halliday
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The US has held out of a large scale offensive in Syria in an attempt to not repeat history and recreate a situation like Iraq or Afghanistan. The US’ stance under the Obama administration has been a self proclaimed failure. They cannot stand by any longer as countries with massive financial and military territory incentives step into this void (Russia), and aid the proliferation of a regime that ignores human rights and commits war crimes. The US needs to rethink its strategy of just arming and training the FSA and enter the war with feet on the ground.
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