Seeds: Over the past five years, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has become increasingly problematic. The Syrian Civil war started in March of 2011 because of massive unrest over the Assad regime. A major contributor to this unrest was overwhelming evidence of the regime’s human rights abuses within its prison system. Over these years, international powers have repeatedly tried to maintain ceasefires and save the remaining citizens in the country, to no avail. Every truce has been broken within a matter of weeks after conflict paused.
Core: The United States, Russia, and Syria tried for another round of peace talks around two weeks ago. However, Assad regime forces have restarted their onslaught on rebel-held parts of capital city Aleppo. Many people state that these cease-fires keep failing due to the Assad regime’s persistent want of complete control over the country, coupled with the Russian support for the regime. Russia has sent military aid and has been directly targeting areas, citing terrorism prevention as their reasoning, though U.S. and Syrian rebel groups have stated that many Syrian civilians have been killed in the process. It should be noted that the U.S. airstrikes designed to take out members of ISIS have killed regime troops, as well. Essentially, this war has become about much more than just Syria.
Skin: The unrest in Syria is often in public focus because of how its migrant crisis directly affects the lives of Europeans and Americans.
Leaves: The most recent cease-fire has not seemed to work. Soon, there will be very few Syrian opposition forces left in the country. 11 million Syrians are displaced and 200,000 have been killed. Only time will tell how this war will end.
Food For Thought: How do you think the US should handle the war? Do you think the US is doing enough? Too much?