I know that what I see happening in Syria is wrong. It vibrates through my body straight to the very core of the foundation of my morality. Because of that, I feel that my greater instinctual desire and need to help others might lend me to walk down the path of intervention. However, the moment this realization springs to mind another suddenly opposes is. My obligations are to my the citizens of the country of which I govern. To intervene would easily not be in the best interests of the people of my nation (especially if this hypothetical meant 'my nation' was Canada and I had Harper's job). And then another dilemma, the people of Syria beg for help from the destruction and mayhem being caused by their own government; the Canadian government, in what it believes are the best interests of its people takes a non-intervention stance; the people of Canada rise up against their governments decision of non-intervention and demand action; now what? Are the people of one nation entitled to demand action in response to the plea from the people of a foreign nation?
As you can see there are many dilemmas when considering the idea of intervention in any situation, in this situation we've spoken mainly of Syria however. This does not exclude the fact that each and every time we have intervened in the affairs of foreign countries. It is hopefully an example of what our governments had to contend with when making these decisions although it is oftentimes evident that they are completely apathetic regardless. There is much to consider for me in light of this. Things such as what does equality truly mean if equality for you is not the same for me? How does one define true freedom when it may differ from nation to nation? How do you avoid imposing your ideas and concepts of rights, freedoms, justice and equality when intervening? Do you avoid it? Can you avoid it? So many questions.
You see, it is questions like these that made being a politician or member of the government a duty rather than a career option. These decisions, and many left unsaid, are difficult and complex in their nature. It takes a very wise, knowledgeable and keen individual to take on the responsibility of making such decisions in the name of an entire nation. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case as decisions like these are no longer based on morality and ethics but on dollars and cents. Being a Public Servant through service in the government (sounds like military enlistment there? Something you don't necessarily want to do but do for the sake of the collective because you have that ability?) is no longer about serving, it's about taking. If we had but one individual of true character leading just one nation...oh wait, we did. John F. Kennedy.