You Can’t Help Refugees By Bombing Them

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Will any further U.S. military involvement in the Syrian conflict, one that has been raging and escalating for three years now, really solve the Syrian refugee crisis?

I have to wonder.

Remember those previous promises of “peace, love, and understanding” that our dearly beloved Nobel Peace Prize award-winning President made during his first term election season and second term election season?

Now, his administration is making a case for increased U.S. involvement in Syria, ostensibly for “humanitarian” reasons. But the problem is: military action isn’t going to solve the refugee crisis; it will only create more destruction, and more of a mess to clean up afterwards.

Syrian refugees have been flooding into Jordan and other neighboring countries surrounding the conflict at the rate of 5,000 persons a day.  A recent Wall Street Journal article by Nour Malas profiles this crisis, focusing on the burgeoning Zaatari refugee settlement in Jordan, now one of the fourth largest “cities” in Jordan, and one that is starting to take root with – get this – roads and small businesses.

It’s an obvious fact that life for refugees is difficult and harsh.  The day-to-day conditions in these camps become worse the longer the refugees live in them.  This is painfully true as the number of refugees continues to grow, straining existing resources in general. Many of the countries (i.e., Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq) housing these refugees have enough problems taking care of their own people.  Now this crisis is creating further instability in the region as one of its many consequences.

The numbers of refugees fleeing the conflict has continued to swell to over 2,004,129 persons.  Further, many of the refugees are children who are unaccompanied by their parents. Escalating the war is not going to help these people.

Regardless of the potential outcome of the political debate here in the U.S. on the civil war in Syria, this refugee crisis will continue to get worse before it gets better regardless of how the U.S. ultimately chooses to act. Instead of focusing on campaigns fought between political elites, we should start turning our attention to those who need our help the most.

 

Information on what organizations you can donate to in order to help the Syrian refugees can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/impact.your.world/