Refugee aid should be extent of global involvement in Syria

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“The great tragedy of this century,” is the Syrian Civil War, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. He is not referring to the 110,000 and rising casualties, but the scale of humanitarian devastation both in Syria and in the surrounding region.

Three resolutions face the international community on how to handle this complicated conflict: military intervention, humanitarian assistance or abstinence.

For the U.S., military intervention is problematic and doing nothing is morally flawed. The U.S. and the international community’s best solution is to provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of refugees.

There are 1.84 million registered refugees taking shelter in surrounding countries, according to the U.N.; 5,000 civilians leave Syria per day and nearly 5 million are internally displaced.

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SF State professors weigh in on Syrian war

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Professor Eran Kaplan, of the Jewish Studies department, speaks at the forum for World Affairs on Wednesday Sept 11, 2013. Photo by Kate O'Neal / Xpress

Professor Eran Kaplan, of the Jewish Studies department, speaks at the forum for World Affairs on Wednesday Sept 11, 2013. Photo by Kate O’Neal / Xpress

The United Nations announced Monday, that the Human Rights Commission will be investigating the 14 chemical weapon attacks, to find who is responsible for the war crimes.

The U.N. has released an official report that shows “indisputable” evidence that chemical weapons were against civilians, according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The U.N., however, will not confirm who used the weapons, but states that whichever side used the weapons “violated U.N. protocol” and will be accused of war crimes.

Last Wednesday, six SF State professors discussed their thoughts on the turmoil in Middle East that has come at the end of the “Arab Spring.”

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