I could not help but take a moment and think about the people of Syria. There has been a war where innocent civilians have been in the middle of fighting by ISIS, rebels, government forces, and Russian troops. This complex powder keg of ill-planned democracy versus instabilities will not go away anytime soon. Many Syrians have fled, are attempting to escape or still trapped either by bureaucratic red tape and fear based skepticism.
The Syrian War has been going on since 2011. What that indicates to me is that a child that manages to survive brutal battles or skirmishes could be a teenager or young adult today. With the American rhetoric about immigrants or refugees that could quickly calculate as a recipe of skeptics towards democracy as for the wealthy or perhaps based on your religious beliefs. After all, it is the remaining male dominated fighters that pass on its beliefs, policies, prejudices, and stories to Syrian youth. Therefore based on that examination the cycle of distrust and conflict will manifest and continue. Eventually, it will come back to possibly haunt us later on.
What about the basic health needs of Syrian citizens? No food, no medicine, no mental health providers, no housing, no jobs, no infrastructure, and no education or place of worship are a constant problem. Where does America or those that point fingers at Syria think those children that are born today will be in another ten years during a reconstruction period? What stories will they be told about America and the people of the United States? I am quite confident that the stories won’t be very positive and may lead to additional problems ahead if we sit idle and do nothing to help the nation. What about the health issues? It is only a matter of time before disease and epidemic conditions migrate towards other countries and eventually spread to the United States. Just isolating Syrians is not the answer. Immersing ourselves with compassion and generosity may open more doors of opportunity. Yet, we still do nothing. I fear that Syria will become similar to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.
Regardless of your political ideology and religious belief. It’s time to step forward and take a greater role of action to help the people of Syria. If we begin today, we can mitigate the potential fallout of the future. Religion, policies, and indifferences are not our enemy; time is our enemy. The longer we wait, the more costly it will become.