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How to stop the civil war between Syrias government lead by president Bashar-Al-Assad and the civilians is a question many are pondering the answer to since March 2011 when the uprising began In Kofi Annans essay Preventing Conflict in a New Century he focuses on how to deal with conflicts that arise in this new era In the essay Annan explains that the UN needs to come up with sufficient prevention strategies as effective prevention could have saved most of the US 230 billion during the 7 major wars of the 1990s More important it could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives page 175 The same can be said about Syria as the death toll has surpassed 100 000 people and still counting with an additional 425 million people who have been displaced Government organizations such as the United Nations should have predetermined prevention strategies in place so that when a conflict arises they know what to do Annan also states that governments need to act in good faith and place the welfare of citizens above their own interests page 177 In addition they need to be willing to act from the beginning when the first warning signs appear so that the conflicts do not escalate into a civil war such as what has transpired in Syria Now that the crisis has reached another level with the use of chemical weapons it is time that someone intervenes and punishes the Syrian government for their brutality towards its people as they are in desperate need of help If the UN would listen to Annans message and have intervened from an early stage this conflict would not have become a global crisis that must now be solvedAccording to Annan a better government must be established as good governance democratization respect for human rights and policies for equitable and sustainable development are the best form of long-term conflict prevention page 176 With a respect for human
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