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The Syrian Dilemma

Syrian  Rebels  Protest   Assad
Syrian Rebels Protest Assad

When examining the Syrian conflict One has to approach the conflict based on the following principles.. The first being that the concept of "creating security through rules for waging war is fundamentally a politically pragmatic conflict such as the Syrian conflict one has to understand that international law has been broken in this conflcit.

Starting with the 1978 Red Cross Fundamental Rules of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts. Continued by the 1980 Protocol III on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons. As well as 1971 Zagreb Resolution of the Institute of International Law on Conditions of Application of Humanitarian Rules of Armed Conflict to Hostilities in which the United Nations Forces May be Engaged and1925 Geneva Protocal for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare .

Using an Arab League Peace keeping to protect the and political transition operations as a counter weight to NATO power is optimal due to the proven fact that external leverage does not work in the long-term promotion and sustainment of regional stability when seeking to reestablish and enforce humanitarian law in a fragile region long term human rights of civilians leverage is used to target external exposure and is defined by non interventionist like Coyne also argue that the method in which the promotion of regional stability occurs is a paramount as the motivation, and can yield more counterproductive results to a nation state. Goldsmith argues that the use of leverage or “gun barrel” diplomacy or “military interventionism” is the appaose policy of nonintervention and free trade does not work in the case of failed states.

In "Making the World Safe for Partial Democracy? Questioning the Premises of Democracy Promotion" Arthur Goldsmith states that the relative absence of pluralistic political systems in the Greater Middle East thus also works against the emergence of additional institutionally consistent democratic regimes across that region (Arthur). In the state of Syria with the aspersion of the major regional players such as Turkey ,Israel, Jordan and Iraq dealing with internal conflicts of their own ,there is resistance to any direct intervention thus alternative methods and possibly a “ proxy” policing tactic may be in order to accomplish creating security through rules for waging war.


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