The Horrors of the War in Syria– Failure of Diplomacy

August 18, 2016

The Horrors of the War in Syria–Failure of Diplomacy

by Elle Hunt

A photograph of a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving a regime airstrike in Aleppo has highlighted the desperation of the Syrian civil war and the struggle for control of the city. The child has been identified as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was injured late on Wednesday in a military strike on the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood.

The startling image shows him covered head to toe with dust and so disoriented that he seems barely aware of an open wound on his forehead. He was taken to a hospital known as M10 and later discharged.

The image is a still from a video filmed and circulated by the Aleppo Media Centre. The anti-government activist group has been contacted to confirm details about when and where the footage was shot. The group posted the clip to YouTube late on Wednesday, shortly after Omran was injured.

The fight for control of Aleppo has intensified in recent weeks following gains made by rebel groups battling the forces of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

The fighting has frustrated the UN’s efforts to fulfil its humanitarian mandate, and the world body’s special envoy to Syria on Thursday cut short a meeting of the ad hoc committee chaired by Russia and the United States tasked with deescalating the violence so that relief can reach beleaguered civilians.

The UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said there was “no sense” in holding the meeting in light of the obstacles to delivering aid. The UN is hoping to secure a 48-hour pause in the fighting in Aleppo.

6 thoughts on “The Horrors of the War in Syria– Failure of Diplomacy

  1. No the UN has again failed to to manage the competing interest of the so-called superpowers. Like Yugoslavia, when the Europeans led by UK did not want the US to intervene now we are faced with another superpower not wanting to intervene. The rules of engagement in the UN should be changed and decision should be democratically made by a vote in the General Assembly with critical decisions requiring a 2/3 majority and other a simple majority.

  2. Evil things are happening in the Middle East e.g.
    bombing attacks on medical facilities run by MSF;
    Daesh (actually Western European criminals-turned-religious extremists) beheadings of people on camera; Syrian kleptocratic regime of Bashar al-Asad’s war crimes against civilians etc.

    I suppose one bright spot is the de facto politically autonomous Kurdish-run areas in Iraq and Syria. Perhaps also the relative success of the Arab Spring in Tunisia ?

  3. When will all the Western bombing and killing of thousands of innocent as well as pockets of war-mongering Muslims in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other Middle-East hot spots, stop? Can it? It can, only if (the troublesome) Muslims recalibrate their thinking and take the initiative. When you track and bomb there is always collateral damage and they are the innocent civilians which, in turn, whips up another wave of anger.

    This (almost) civilizational war has faith as trigger and target. Economic deprivation cannot be the sole cause. If that is so, hundreds of places in Latin America, Africa and Asia should be exploding. And they don’t because faith has not been brought in to the broil.

    The way things are moving, it is going to jeopardise the livelihood and mobility of thousands of decent, educated, professional, academic, entrepreneur and business-engaged Muslims in their home countries and across the world. There is already a would-be-President’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US.

    Is there nothing that this silent majority can do to check the Islamic extremists and terrorists and douse the fear of Islamaphobia? If you cannot, will you at least let others do it?

    If you are too mindful of your faith and want Sharia law to be implemented, don’t live in the Western world or in a secular country. Move away to the Middle-East or the country you came from.

    America and Europe (and Australia) should deport anyone who demands Sharia law – whether cleric or non-cleric, for a start. Once this gets on track and a number of them gets deported (with the widest publicity), things will assuredly change, making life more hospitable for thousands of decent Muslims living in their host countries.

    Look at it from another angle. If you put your faith in the back peddle (i.e. avoiding mixing Islam with politics), like followers of other faiths do, do you think the Westerners will care whether you wear burqa or sport a goatee or beard with a skull cap?

  4. Today, Syria problems are rooted and originally created by US interference and invasions of Iraq where IS is founded, US is now out of control there as Russia bombers are flying from Iran bombing Syria. Note that China may send volunteers to help and liberate Syrian peoples from the Horrors of the War in Syria.

  5. Quote:- “If you are too mindful of your faith and want Sharia law to be implemented, don’t live in the Western world or in a secular country. Move away to the Middle-East or the country you came from”

    That is precisely the point or rather not the point.

    It is an unquestionable divine directive, if you are a fundamentalist Muslim, to Islamise the whole of humanity, however long it takes because Time has no functional effect on the Almighty.

    If every human being in the World is a Muslim and in unison worship the one and only God, then surely micro and macro cosmic peace and goodwill will prevail on Planet Earth, by which time of course Planet Earth would be called a “Caliphate” or something equivalent in Arabic?

    Intra-religious conflicts will automatically end; there is only the “Ummah” made up of all the human races, a supra-national community with a common religion, the collective divine community of Islamic peoples.

    Isn’t that a good thing? Depending on who you ask of course.

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