Seeds: With the extreme unrest that incited the Syrian Civil War, millions of civilians migrated in protest of the Assad regime, causing the Syrian Refugee Crisis. In the midst of this, ISIL took the opportunity to seize more territory, gaining land in Syria bordering Iraq and Turkey. Since ISIL is an international threat, many countries, including the United States, started conducting airstrikes in the region.
Core: This morning, Monday, February 15, two hospitals and a school were bombed, leaving at least 22 dead. Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, believes Russia is behind the airstrikes, but the perpetrators are still unknown. The UN spoke out against the airstrikes and stated that they were blatantly against international laws.
Skin: While the United States loves to appear as the world protector, within the last month, officials admitted to having conducted airstrikes that killed civilians in the past. Furthermore, a Syrian official accused the U.S. of executing the ones from this morning. As previously stated, it is unclear who actually carried out these bombings. One should try to not jump to conclusions too quickly based on prejudice, especially since so many lives are at stake.
Leaves: A ceasefire that applies to all regions besides those occupied by jihadist groups such as ISIL and the al-Nusra Front was announced by world leaders. Nonetheless, Russia stated they will continue airstrikes everywhere despite the ceasefire. The situation in Syria appears to only be getting worse, as it is unstably divided in a power struggle between four distinct groups, and it is unclear how any world leaders plan to solve this problem.
Food For Thought: Who do you think conducted the airstrikes? What do you think about the U.S.’s attempt to appear as a world protector? Do you think the U.S. is doing enough to intervene in Syria or too much? Are the airstrikes helping or hurting the issue? Tell us what you think.
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*Title is a quotation from Doctors Without Borders head Dr. Joanne Liu after the U.S. bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last October.