This week in class, we read over articles pertaining to the situation in Syria. Not many people are aware of what exactly is going on within the country, and more importantly, no one talks about how this all started. The problem in Syria is immense and was described in some readings as “inevitable”. This is a terribly sad thought, but once you know more about it, you will understand why it is being described as such.
The conflict in Syria began in 2011. To keep this post short, I will not go into too much detail as to how things began and progressed from there. However, many people don’t even know who is involved in this war. This diagram that was drawn for us in class helped me get a better grasp on the situation:
The green and red lines represent positive and negative relationships, respectively. There are so many different groups involved in this situation. And all of them have their own different ideas how to deal with it. This is why this war has been going on for about seven years.
After we had a discussion in class, our professor asked: “So why do we never hear about Assad or any of the other groups involved?”. I had never even heard of Assad until this day of lecture. But this question got me thinking about how much we don’t know about what is actually happening or why it’s happening. We need to stop relying on media for our news, because they don’t always give the full story. If we want to advocate to others to help with worldwide events, we need to educate ourselves with facts. But don’t stop there. This is an essential step. Educating ourselves only helps us. When there are problems this immense going on, it is our ethical duty to spread the information to others. Many of us in the U.S. like to live in our own little bubble and are unaware of the magnitude of the tragedies that are happening around us. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down by sad news, but equipping ourselves with information that helps others understand these events is a step in the right direction. I encourage you to spend 10 minutes of your time reading a professional article on an event somewhere that’s not the U.S. and after you’re done reading, share what you learned with a friend.