3 Aug 2012
For the people of strife torn Syria, there were two depressing news items this week that point to a bloodier future for their country. The first news was the announcement by the UN & Arab League special peace envoy Koffi Anan that he was resigning. Said He; "When the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger pointing and name calling in the Security Council. It is impossible for me or anyone to compel the Syrian government and also the opposition to take the steps to bring about the political process. As an envoy, I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than Security Council or the international community, for that matter." The second news was a report that claims that U.S. president Barack Obama signed an order that allows the CIA and other intelligence agencies to provide clandestine assistance to the anti Assad rebels. This effectively translates into increased firepower from the rebel side while at the same time, president Assad digs in.
Yes, the Russians and the Chinese have been blocking UN Security Council Resolutions on Syria and for justifiable reasons too. There is no question that the Western countries manipulated the Security Council Resolutions in the recent past to achieve their aims in Iraq and Libya. I had said in my earlier article on Libya that if the big powers continue to manipulate the UN for their selfish interest, the credibility and integrity of this respected world body will be compromised and the future of humanity too. Can any keen observer still believe in the impartiality of the U.N Security Council?
When the war drums beat, those who have weapons to sell do so and smile to the bank. As war progresses, property that took centuries and trillions of dollars to build is destroyed within a short time. Human life is decimated in a most callous way and families are torn apart. Violence, fear, suffering, death and uncertainty replace what used to be ‘living’. If and when the war eventually ends, those who will get the reconstruction contracts will smile to the bank. In most cases, the same parties that supplied the weapons and participated in the destruction usually get the reconstruction contracts. The dead, the maimed and the displaced people are just collateral damage. The innocent people of Syria are being sacrificed in the deadly power game that is just gearing up to even get uglier. Some estimates put the number that died in the war to oust Saddam at one million. How many will die in Syria in the ongoing war to oust Assad?
We, the nameless people of this world can only pray for the suffering people of Syria knowing that tomorrow could be our turn. The human race is still very far away from civilization.
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Njei Moses Timah