America’s New “Red Line”

A profile on the controversy behind a brewing war

By:Chris Gocklin



Whenever the drums of war are heard over the horizon, countries, communities, even families are torn in two. Today the crisis in Syria prepares to enter its third winter with 2,087,683 registered refugees and 187,998 people awaiting refugee registration. As well as a steadily climbing death toll which topped 100,000 people this summer. Image

News of the atrocities occurring have been prevalent in the United States. But have stirred up much more controversy after the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations authorized the use of military force following a chemical attack which resulted in the death of 1,400 people. To put that number to scale, that is about half of the people who died in the attacks on September 11. The proposal allows the use of force in Syria for 60 days with a chance to extend it for 30 days but prevents the use of American troops on the ground.Image


Supporting accusations that the attack came from the Syrian Government, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls the evidence acquired “proof beyond a reasonable doubt.” Britain, France, and Germany all back up the conclusion that the Assad Regime is responsible. However, Russia The Assad Regimes closest ally, is claiming the opposite, saying the attack is rebel initiated.


Although most all would agree something needs to be done about the Syrian conflict, the decision to go to war with Syria is controversial to say the least. Obama issued a statement in Sweden affirming that “the world has set a red line over the abhorrent use of chemical weapons,” and later saying that “the credibility of the US and international community was at stake over its response to Syria.”



America as a nation is without a doubt simply tired of war. To attest to this, not far from Lynn University, protestors were seen this weekend on the corner of Glades and St. Andrews after the committee on Foreign Relations voted 10-7, moving the proposal to a full senate vote. Protestors held signs against any American intervention and consisted of mostly middle aged men and women. Protesting however, may not be necessary after President Obama announced he wanted to postpone military action in order to let negotiations over a “Russian-backed plan” take place.


Looking back at the results of the Iraq war it’s no wonder many Americans are throwing up their hands in protest upon any utter of the word “war”. Questioning the Iraq war forces us to look at the big picture and begs the question, “Why should we go to war again after just leaving a long 7 year conflict over another weapons claim?” Lynn Senior Scott Young found himself asking that very question. “I think the United States have dug themselves too deep in Middle Eastern affairs.” Young continued, “it is morally right because of what the Syrian Government has done to their people, but we just went to war for the same reasons with nothing to show for it. In general I think this is one of the most un-democratic things Obama has done.”



Currently, the situation is at a stalemate between Russian relations and a delayed congressional vote to authorize the use of force. After a visit to Geneva this past Thursday to speak with Russian counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry opened talks by making a declaring, “This is not a Game.” Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to reporters about a meeting with Obama stating that they had discussed Syria and had both listened to the others position but had not agreed. However, despite opposition against US Military force, Russia Agreed with the US Saturday on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control.


The fact remains that bad things are happening to people who not 4 years ago woke up, went to school, work, shopping and about their daily lives as in any 1st world country. Obama has christened this standpoint by using the term of America’s “red line” that has indefinitely been crossed. Now as congress meets and decisions on our behalf are made we are provoked to ask ourselves new questions and define our own “red line”.





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