Unlikely Allies: The U.S. And Syria vs. The World
Article by Delegate of Bloomberg, writing as the New York Times, Marisa Goolgasian
Today the United Nations General Assembly met in a special session focused on the prevalent refugee crisis. By examining the roots of this international predicament the committee hopes to formulate effective prevention and rehabilitation plans. Amidst all of the passionate debate and careful deliberation, a surprising- perhaps shocking –alliance has emerged. Although almost all nations are united behind similar initiatives, two delegates stand alone: the United States of America and Syria have unified in opposition to their fellow delegates and have created their own plan for progress, called the PEACE Initiative. The once-peaceful debate has quickly developed into an “us vs. them” scenario, an angry showdown between two very uneven teams.
“They’re both very power hungry,” declared an angry delegate who wishes to remain unnamed. “They are both stubborn in their opions which has some how brought them together, even though it makes no sense for the US, our resident ‘pillar of democracy’, and authoritarian Syria to be forming any sort of union.” This opinion is held by many on the committee who feel that the plan created by the US and Syria is lacking a crucial component: the toppling of the al-Assad authoritarian regime that has controlled Syria since the Arab Spring in 2011. These delegations believe that the only way to create true peace and stability in Syria, thus combating the immigrant crisis, is to overthrow the government all together no matter the amount of military force necessary. They contend that doing so will subsequently drive down domestic tension, creating a less extreme political atmosphere in which the Jihad movement and other forms of terrorism are less likely to strengthen.
On the other hand, the US and Syria maintain that peace does not and cannot come from gunshots. “We recognize,” says the delegation from the United States, “that the cases of ethnic ad political stability does not need to involve the toppling of the current government at the hands of western nations. That would do nothing but create more animosity and bloodshed.” The delegation from Syria was similarly disinclined towards foreign involvement, especially in the form of foreign militaries. “There is too much correlation between the al-Assad regime and terrorism right now. Fighting terrorism is not synonymous to toppling the al-Assad. What we want for our nation is political stability, and we are more than willing to accept help from others. However, turning against our current leaders and forcing a democracy on us is not going to stabilize Syria. What is more important is that we band together against terrorism at its roots by preventing Jihad recruitment.”
Although the evens in today’s committee sessions have unfolded in a way that no one could have expected, it’s clear that progress is being made by the General Assembly. Although the committee has found the al-Assad regime to be an immense point of contention, all delegates agree that they must unite in order to stabilize Syria, weaken the terrorist movement, and help the environment, all of which they view as imperative steps towards ending the refugee crisis and making our world a better and safer place for all.