What readers think about U.S. intervention in Syria
August 27th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

What readers think about U.S. intervention in Syria

The details are unclear, and the Syrian government and opposition have two very different accounts of what happened in the Damascus suburb of Daraya at the weekend. But one thing seems clear – the deaths of perhaps 200 people mark what appears to have been the bloodiest day so far in Syria’s civil war.

But should the United States be doing more? And should it intervene directly? Last week, Global Public Square asked readers for their take on what role, if any, the U.S. should play. And the overwhelming view was that it should largely stay out of the crisis.

A commenter under the name Saul Hernandez reflected the concerns of many of the more than 1,000 people who left comments on CNN and Facebook that U.S. involvement could see the situation escalate into a broader conflict.

“U.S. should not be involved in Syria. In fact, instead of helping the opposition to the al-Assad’s regime, U.S. should rather put real pressure on all parties to stop fighting the war and the killing in Syria will come to an end,” Hernandez wrote. “On the other hand if the U.S. gets involved in Syria militarily, then we will have to prepare ourselves for a regional war, and even perhaps a WWIII scenario because Russia will never let Bashar fall.”

Davec0121 agreed that U.S. military intervention would likely be counterproductive. “Not our job. I am sorry about what’s happening in Syria, but it is essentially Syria's problem. They will need to work it out for themselves. Trying to solve their problems is not worth American lives, particularly since the effort would be futile anyway. We don't have any real compelling national interest in Syria, since neither side will like us, so we have no compelling need to participate in yet another civil war. We don't need another Iraq.”

Still, not everyone was so dismissive of a more active U.S. role, with some readers suggesting that the U.S. has genuine national security interests of its own in intervening in some way. Vince wrote: “I don’t think there is a choice. If there’s even a reasonable chance that chemical and biological weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist groups, we will need to take action because you know they WILL be used against the U.S. at some point and the thousands that will die will make the 3,000 from 911 seem inconsequential.” But he also argued that the United States should “engage with Russia and China” on the issue as it’s in everyone’s interests to secure weapons of mass destruction.

Davehuckle, though, believes that the objections of Russia and China might not matter anyway. “Russia will not try to stop the U.S., nor will China. What are they going to do? Start a nuclear war that ends in the extinction of mankind over one man who is killing his own people?”

But Dominick wasn’t swayed by the weapons of mass destruction argument.

“Assad’s weapons have been on the shelves for years, why are they an issue now?” he asked. “He has never threatened us with them. They are set aside in case Israel comes across his border. They are for invaders. Sort of like the gun you keep in your closet.”

Tina Gomez, meanwhile, echoed a point made by Fareed Zakaria on his show recently, specifically that before further action is taken, the U.S. and others would do well to first understand the opposition.

“Before we intervene in Syria do we know whom are we supporting? Assad may be a dictator, but do we know the fact that he has a wide support amongst the Syrian people. If he did not have enough support he wouldn't have survived so far. Yes the Syrian regime has killed many civilians, but what about the rebels,” she writes.

For those that do believe the U.S. could do more, it may anyway be a question of waiting and seeing – and giving the U.S. time to focus on its own issues.

“We should continue to wait, and continue to provide support to the rebels at this current time as the situation doesn't currently warrant our intervention purely based on what it would cost us right now,” Opizze writes. “We need to rebuild our military and regroup. We need to rebuild our economy, or at least allow it more time to recover, and the rebels seem to be holding their own for the moment.”

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  1. Matvei Leshchyov

    Really, it is not America's responsibilitty to intervene in every affair. why aren't other nations doing something? why should it be the US's job to set things into motion in Syria and risk war?

    August 29, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • seppe

      I fully agree with you ,the sad part is that the big money makers profit from this world mess,( is there way of doing business)

      August 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  2. seppe

    Stay out of syria and IRAN as well.. stop this insanity of war with every other country....

    August 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  3. Emmanuel

    America should not intervene in Syria let syrian solve their own conflict bcoz the more America gets involved in others countries conflict the more terrorism develops like the case in Libya

    August 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  4. Fredsta

    This is not an all-or-nothing choice. "Intervention" need not include invasion and occupation. NATO, USA is doing the right thing—support Free Syria.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  5. Faris

    It's important to understand what intervention would mean in this case.

    No one, including most Syrians, don't want American or any other foreign boots on the ground. They've created the Free Syrian Army which has the troops but not the guns.

    At the very least, intervention should come in the form of no fly zones and buffer zones–at best, arming the rebels with anti-aircraft and anti tank weaponry.

    The UN, America and NATO MUST intervene as we no longer live in a nationalistic society. The world is too connected and too small to allow such massacres to occur.

    Syria is not Iraq. The people in Iraq were forced into democracy and getting rid of Sadaam by an outside force. Here, the people want Assad out and are ready to embrace democracy.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  6. issac

    The very least the u.s. should do and i think senator MCcain touched on this is a no fly zone more specifically around turkey iraq(maybe) and jordan. Turkey seems more plausible. To at the very least help get the rest of the refugees out of harm's way.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  7. Sam

    Yeah stay out of Syria and let the Iranian and hizbollah terrorists from Lebanon together with the Syrian regime prevail and control the area and threat the whole world with their terror. Why should we stop them this trio is just the main source of terror in this world that is it no big deal… stay out stupid?

    August 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  8. benevolent

    EU and USA mind-control many politicians, businesspeople with small implanted devices and wireless connection. This is also valid for airplain pilots. In this way they control other countries and markets.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  9. Hot Carl

    How can the U.S. stand by while thousands of inncocent civilians are being killed? No, massacred! What happened to standing up for what's right? Let's just not make the same mistake we did with Viet Nam. Ever. Go in it to win it.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • US Marines Special Forces

      @ Hot Carl – Uh, questions for you – What business does the USA have in Syria? Also, what business did the USA have in Vietnam and Iraq? You want the answer? The USA needs to keep it's nose out of other world countries' affairs. Why else do you think we're are as hated as we are around the world? The USA needs to STOP policing the world, once and for all. We will never turn the Middle Eastern region into a full-blown democracy. This will never happen with all the practicing radical Islamic terror groups out in that region. Believe me when I tell ya !! I've been in that area and it ain't no picnic !!

      August 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  10. Woody Stemms

    If the US takes any overt action in Syria, you can bet that the Mossad will be close behind.

    Any US action will be seen as a prelude to an Israeli take-over, either openly, or through Syrian surrogates.

    Israel will implement long-standing plans to colonize Syria, just like they did in Lebanon.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  11. Onas

    Who is this "fareed Zakaria" nobody? This ugly lizard face loser is spewing the same JewNN "stay out of syria, its for israel's security" bs. go back to india or pakistan you superficial infantile minded nitwit.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  12. Harry Tale

    USA sent ships there to spy and monitor. USA does dirty work for Israel, USA and Israel support Assad there is a reason USA didn't even want to stop Assad's jets. And who shot down Turkish jet? I think Turkey needs to start thinking aggressive imperialistic behavior. Even against USA and Israel. Go to the end lets see where the tunnel brings us.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  13. jo_smith

    US, out of Syria.
    The dual-loyalist policymakers in Washington are pushing to remove Assad because Assad has become more aggressive in the past years in demanding the return of the Golan Heights which Israel took when Israel STARTED the 1967 war. Furthermore, Golan Heights supplies 1/3 of Israel's fresh water supply!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  14. Chi

    If there is a law that requires the policymakers in Washington to send their family members to Syria to fight the war, I wonder what kind of reaction they would have.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  15. magneticink

    Unlike all the other countries, the US has the resources and ability to mold this part of the world for it's interests and security. Countries like China and Russia want to do the same but can only bluff about it. Having them or Iran exert their influence in the region will only continue to give the US problems in the future.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
  16. Roelof

    Assad is evil, but so are those rebels (Islamic brotherhood). Minorities are screwed now with Assad, but they will be screwed a lot more when that Islamic brotherhood is in power. When USA would go in, they will all turn on USA.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply
  17. Kim hyun like peace monk

    Please don't harmfull the people just give them peace and freedom . The harmful çann't give peace and freedom. And war cann't make peace and enjoying live.-all people need happy live and happy country and don't need suffering and dangerouse so please don't more use the policy harmful just make peace country !!!!my request from in my heart and tear !!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 6:41 am | Reply
  18. Kool Man

    Are you kidding..... Why do you stand by and do nothing as if you have your head in the sand.
    They if the current regime stands will be worse than ever... This is a poeple who have lived in fear
    and being scared forever. Once they try we should do anything possible to HELP.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:58 am | Reply
  19. Shaban Abboud

    It's really disappointed what Mr. Zakaria wanted to drive the readers. It's really disappointed the misleading that Zakria insists to follow when he talks or writes on the Syrian crisis.
    What is going on in Syria is a real revolution against the worse dictatorship in the world but the Syrian people are fighting alone. What is going on in Syria is a real battle against Iran and Hizbullah who support the Syrian regime. What is going on in Syria is a historical battle between the tyranny and the freedom. Shame on the United States when its media and politics talk all the time about the values of democracy and freedom but do nothing for the Syrian people who fight for their freedom and democracy. Shame on the united stated when it lets the Syrian regime kill it's people and do massacres without any solidarity with the victims...

    August 30, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
  20. Richard Wisecarver

    The USA will get blamed bor all the bloodshed ocurring in Syria at this time. Both sides blame us now. We are the ogre in every syrians night mare. Sorry Mr. Abboud, the USA has lost all interest in supporting regimes or regime change. Far too expensive and no gains for the USA. Let's keep our money soldiers, and equipment home and rebuild the infrastructure, social structures and all sectors of our educational system. Take care of ourselves and then we can learn how to really help others.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
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