In Syria we have a Western backed insurrection that has lead to atrocities that are now being carried out by the government of that country. It is despicable that a country or a government can turn their guns and bombs onto their own people but that is what is happening now in Syria. Originally this civil war began with protests, protests that swept across the Middle East during the Arab Spring of 2011. Many of those protests died down (or were clamped down heavily) or saw an end result like the overthrow of governments in Egypt and Libya. Now we have another Libya in Syria.
The West has to take some responsibility for the situation we now have as the United States, the UK and other countries such as France have armed, funded and backed the opposition forces that are now at civil war with their government and military in Syria and as a direct result we have the Syrian president and military committing atrocities in it’s own cities against it’s own people, against the innocent civilians and people in the street who aren’t supporting one side or another, they just want to earn a crust and kiss their kids good night without fear of helicopter gunship attacks or bomb blasts.
So what can be done about this?
It’s a tough one. Clearly Assad’s Government is a brutal one. As usual it’s the innocent that are suffering in a conflict that they have neither started, support or want. The regime in Syria is now showing its true colours, it is acting in a despicable and cruel manner, women and kids are being killed. We might be wrong to have interfered but we cannot sit back, knowing we encouraged the uprising, and do nothing especially when we, the West, have contributed to turn protests into civil war. We did nothing when the same happened in Iran and that died away. A lot of people died protesting in Iran, the awful Iranian regime stood, and life went on. The brutal killing stopped! The West has to put pressure on Syria’s leadership, we have to encourage President Assad to stand down, we have to encourage a peaceful transition of power to a government for all and encourage democracy. Why? Because that’s our responsibility as agent provocateurs in this whole affair.
Peace, freedom and democracy will come at a price in Syria now though. The touch paper has been lit. The war has begun. The opposition are being armed by us, the Syrian government is sending in troops and heavy artillery to fight back. The region is getting worried and Syria is telling the region, we’ll use chemical weapons if you interfere. The Arab League is about as useful as the United Nations, they shuffle papers and call for this and that, but they refuse to stand united and actually contribute anything that might help such as sanctions or soldiers. I suppose they are on the doorstep and have a lot to lose if Assad fires poison gas at all of his neighbours, ultimately no one in the Middle East wants to take responsibility for accelerating the issue. I suppose you can’t blame them.
But we have to take responsibility, I say we I mean the government of Britain lead by David Cameron and the government of the United States lead by Barrack Obama, for helping create this situation and together we also have to work to get a speedy and peaceful conclusion that sees as little death and bloodshed as possible.
I fear that won’t happen though, this matter will drag on and on and thousands will die and again America and Britain will be culpable in another Middle East bloodbath. We seem to like to be involved, after helping to cause the war we should really be ready to stand by it and offer planes, bombs, soldiers and warships and end this silliness in a week or two. But we won’t. The powers that be want the moral high ground of ‘not getting involved’ as well as shouting about how the ‘Syrians have called and fought for freedom and done it all by themselves’ hoping above hope that history judges it as a revolution and not a staged coup just to take out another of the anti-Zionist regimes in the region. Cus let’s face it, if we aint grabbing oil we are protecting Israel, that’s all we care about in the region.
I don’t want this blog to appear too negative, just calling it like I see it. Clearly Assad and his regime are terrible bastards who will stop at nothing to cling on to power, but we can’t kid ourselves that its not a war that will be paid for in lives and blood by innocence (again) and the people making it all happen will walk away and make sure the spin doctors make it look like what ever the hell they want it too.
I hope it all ends soon, with no more blood shed and finally a lasting and prosperous peace for all Syrians.