Real World Issues. Fake Solutions
Modle United Nations
As one of our final projects we decided to participate in this years MUN conference here at HTHNC. As part of MUN we decided what topics we wanted to be involved in and we would be given a country to represent in the conference bring their views on the topic and using them to create and choose a solution to the problem. I chose the topic of ISIS and I was given the United States of America. As part of the project we had to research the topic and our nations views on it in order to create a position paper that accurately shows how the nation would tackle the situations. Here is my position paper:
Committee: Security Council
Delegate: Santiago Vega-Albela Osorio
School: High Tech High North County
The so called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, otherwise known as the terrorist group ISIS, is growing rapidly, bringing in people from all over the world. Its constant growth and self-sufficiency is rapidly making it more and more powerful as we speak, and as we have seen through its many examples of atrocious massacres and killings; they are anxious to show their power. What’s to stop them from using said power and attacking one of us? We know they don’t mind killing innocents, we have all seen the videos. We need to take steps to prevent the potential of another 9-11, and not just in the U.S, but in all the other countries. Now, while we do have to address this predicament and act in someway to try and stop it, we have to keep in mind our policies and protocol on issues like this. Nobody wants or needs another Iraq.
The United States of America considers this a very dangerous threat to not only our national security, but to the world. To address this threat we have been taking minimal military action, mostly using drone airstrikes over areas known to be under ISIS control. We have also targeted bombing missions to reverse ISIS gains and help arm the Kurds. The US has sent in some additional troops to help train the Iraqi forces, putting about 4,400 troops currently helping the issue in Iraq and have authorized military force against ISIS troops, but prohibit the deployment of combat troops with the exception of specific cases involving the protection or rescue of US soldiers and/or intelligence operations. Finally, we have participated in many of the humanitarian airdrops over Sinjar Mountains providing water, food and other supplies needed in the region. The United States has consistently been providing help to the people who have fallen victim to the violence and oppression that ISIS has inflicted on the area and will continue to do this until this threat is neutralized.
Other nations have helped address this problem in similar ways: The United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Canada and many others have aided with strategized airstrikes and humanitarian air drops along the areas affected and run by ISIS. Along with us are the UN members who have also aided the problem by following the new call to action we agreed upon in which we target many of the outlets bringing in money to the Islamic State. Apart from that there are about sixty other nations who have taken military action to aid those who have felt the merciless violence of ISIS. As you can tell this is an issue serious enough to cause concerns in many of the world's countries, so much so that they have all been helping us try and put an end to the brutality of this terrorist organization.
Due to the importance and urgency of this issue we, as the United States of America, encourage the United Nations to acknowledge the horrors being brought to the people of the middle east by continuing to monitor the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, continue allowing strategized airstrikes against them, encouraging all nations who can to help organize and execute humanitarian air drops over the area and allow, and call for, immediate military action against the group if necessary. Without these actions being taken we could be responsible for not putting an end to the abhorrent atrocities that the members of ISIS have continuously purported against innocent civilians regardless of their origin and the freedom to exercise their beliefs. Fellow delegates let us not be responsible for the deaths of millions.
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After creating this, I wrote a speech based on my paper to present during the conference. Here is my speech:
"The so called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has a constant growth that with the groups self-sufficiency is making it more and more powerful as we speak. As we have seen through its many examples of atrocious massacres and killings; they are anxious to show their power. Because of this the United States of America considers ISIS an incredible threat to all nations. We need to take the necessary steps to prevent the potential of another 9-11, not just in the U.S, but in all other countries of this world.
Due to the importance and urgency of this issue, the U.S.A encourages the UN to acknowledge the horrors being brought to the people of the middle east by continuing to allow strategized airstrikes against them, encouraging all nations who can to help organize and execute humanitarian air drops over the area and allow immediate military action against the group if deemed necessary. Without these actions being taken we could be responsible for not putting an end to the abhorrent atrocities that the members of ISIS have continuously purported against innocent civilians, regardless of their origin, just to take away the basic human freedom of exercising your beliefs. Fellow delegates let us not be responsible for the deaths of millions."
Once at the three-day conference, I contributed to all conversations and debates as much as I could. At the end, England (Delegate Thomas Rada), Germany (Delegate Hanna Nopar), Russia (Delegate Roger Rolim de Moura) and I drafted a solution titled "Operation Gina". In the solution we go to a strategic war with ISIS by targeting their basis and outposts. We persuaded every country in the conference except one. I presented the solution to the chair along with England and terminated the debate. In the closing ceremonies I was awarded with the "Best Delegate" award from my chairs.