500,000. That’s the number of Syrians killed since Bashar al-Assad started the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

On April 7, 2017, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into the Shayrat Airbase in Syria, a direct response to Assad’s chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun. Multiple times since, the Assad regime has launched weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) into towns full of men, women, and children, senselessly slaughtering thousands. Despite the carnage, the United States has done absolutely nothing to help the people of Syria.

Why?

It’s possibly a result of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. The Assad regime launched a chemical attack on the city of Douma. The barbaric attack, part of an ongoing genocide intended to annihilate the opposition, killed more than 40 civilians. U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley aptly stated, “Only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded, no hospitals to save their lives, not doctors or medicine to ease their pain.”

We often hear the phrase “never again” when speaking of the Holocaust. As a Jew, I understand the importance of remembering the horrors of Nazi Germany and ensuring that it never happens again. What is happening in Syria is a genocide, and it is time that we as a nation say “never again” and stand up for the people of Syria.

The time has come for a renewed American war on terror and for regime change in Syria; Assad must be overthrown. You may try to ignore the plight of the Syrian people, but how can you look into the eyes of the victims of Assad’s attacks and not feel any compassion? How can you look at the mind boggling statistics and not feel a need to take action?

Of course, we cannot examine foreign policy merely through a humanitarian lens. On a far larger scale, the removal of Assad will promote American interests both in the Middle East and across the globe. The forces of evil in the world have a prime interest in propping up the Assad regime. Russia and Iran both seek to hinder American influence in the region. In order to maintain our hegemony in the area, and thus maintain peace and stability, America must curb Iranian and Russian influence.

Ever since the fall of Saddam Hussein and rise of ISIS, Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime has expanded across the Middle East, funding anti-Semitic terrorist groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. From Tehran to Gaza to Tartus, an Iranian curtain of tyranny and terror has descended across the Middle East.  Tehran’s goals are clear: to encroach upon Israel in order to attack.

We must stand with our ally and terminate Iran’s destructive march towards regional hegemony. Syria is merely a mile marker on the long road to freedom. Ultimately, I and many others dream of an end to Khamenei’s tyrannical reign and yearn for a Middle East free of Iran’s and jihadists’ devastating influence. One day, soon enough, the Fourth Reich in Tehran will come tumbling down and the freedom-loving people of Persia will once again reclaim their ancient kingdom and govern themselves. Just like with Nazi Germany, the genocidal maniacs will be defeated, the people will be freed, and democracy will be restored.  

What is also clear by now is that the Assad regime poses a direct threat to America and Israel. Israel just acknowledged for the first time that they bombed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. If they had not done so, Syria would have become the first Arab nuclear state, potentially plunging the Middle East into a nuclear arms race. We cannot allow any rouge state to possess WMDs.  

As the leader of the free world, America bears a responsibility to promote stability and freedom. We cannot be silent as dictators commit acts of genocide, and we cannot sit by idly as Iran marches towards the Mediterranean, intent on Israel’s annihilation. To all of who oppose removing Assad from power, ask yourselves this: when will you say “enough is enough?” Are 500,000 slaughtered lives insignificant to you?

Of course, there are many who will try to claim that Assad is not responsible for the attack in Douma. Despite overwhelming evidence, these conspiracy theorists deny reality in order to suit their pro-Iran, pro-Putin, and anti-American agenda. We cannot allow these basket cases, who will deny any facts thrown at them, to distract us from our mission: to restore liberty for the people of Syria, and to protect America and her allies from the enemies of freedom.

Bashar al-Assad’s time has elapsed, and he deserves the same fate as Saddam Hussein. The people of Syria deserve a decent, free, and safe life, like the people of America. If we, the world’s harbinger of democracy and justice, do not act in the face of incomprehensible evil, who will?

The use of chemical weapons is a Crime Against Humanity and can no longer be ignored. The tyrants shall not go unpunished, their crimes shall never be forgotten, and the liberty-loving peoples of the Middle East will be freed.

Jake Fradkin is an incoming freshman at Georgetown University. Jake's interests include mathematics, politics, history, tennis, and writing (and his dog Hulio). His writing tends to focus on the Constitution and foreign affairs.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Jake Fradkin is an incoming freshman at Georgetown University. Jake's interests include mathematics, politics, history, tennis, and writing (and his dog Hulio). His writing tends to focus on the Constitution and foreign affairs.

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