killing civilians is unacceptable, whether it’s done by a democrat or a republican
By Erin White
April 17, 2018
Regardless of who is in power at the time, the U.S. has an insidious habit of bombing other countries to “help” them. Often, if not continuously, killing civilians in the process. Civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now in Syria. People are understandably outraged at Trump’s airstrikes in Syria. However, the U.S. has bombed countries and killed civilians under both Republican and Democrat government. Under Barack Obama, the U.S. used drones in Somalia, Libya and Afghanistan. The U.S. has also been criticized for its deadly interventions in Yemen under Obama.
U.S. imperialism destroys lives, kills children, terrorizes families. It’s not any better when done by a “progressive”.
In Syria, civilians have been the victims of not only internal violence but the external violence we’ve waged on them since our intervention began under President Obama in 2014. While it’s not specifically known how many Syrian casualties there have been because of American intervention, the estimates are in the low thousands, with more than 500,000 people that have been killed throughout the Syrian Civil War and uprising of 2011. In addition to these unacceptable numbers, are those of the refugees fleeing crisis’. 5.6 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, another 6.1 million are displaced within the country that we’re bombing. Bombing and now refusing to accept refugees from.
The complexities of Syria’s civil war are unconscionable. There are no quick and easy answers and a whole lot of people have opinions about what, if anything, the United States should do about it. One thing is clear though, and that is that the Syrian people and others in the region, have experienced enough trauma and violence.
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