Why Syria affects us all

Stephanie Deig

On Dec. 18, 2010, a revolution began. Riots, protests and calls for justice in Egypt incited a full-scale revolution, which then echoed throughout the rest of the Arab world and inspired downtrodden and abused people to stand up and be heard.

Since then governments have been overthrown in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and major civil uprisings have occurred in Bahrain and Syria, not to mention a plethora of minor uprisings, which have also occurred throughout the Arab world.

According to a United Nations Report, the number of internally displaced citizens in Syria is now more than 1 million due to the civil war that has been raging since 2011.

It all began when peaceful protestors lost their lives after their government opened fire upon them, and more recently escalated when countless people were terrorized with one of the most inhuman forms of warfare – chemical weapons.

Their losses are unquantifiable, and one of the most insurmountably horrible things is that it’s still happening and will keep happening. The UN is frozen in inaction because of Russia’s relationship with Syria’s leaders (also know as the Assad Regime), and the most Syrian citizens can expect now is a small amount of relief aid.

We live in a globalized society, and not only that, but we live in a world that has taken upon itself the responsibility through various international agreements such as the Geneva Conventions and the UN Charter to determine, what human rights are and that as people of the world, we all deserve them.

Human rights violations should be an affront to us all. Regardless of whether bombing Syria or not is the right choice, everyone needs to take a moment and educate themselves.

This kind of drastic change, a contagious transformation, which has and will reshape the foreign policy of the United States and the international community, should be noticed.

It should be discussed. People are waging their lives on the hope that we will.