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Syria, Syria, Where Goest Thou?

Each day the figures grow more horrible as to the number of dead people in Syria or the destruction of homes and public facilities that provide food or water or electricity. The death of Abdukl Qadir Saleh of the Tahrid Brigade has demonstrated the inability of those fighting for or against the Assad regime, to weave their way through the maze of contesting groups bent on death and destruction. Saleh for a time attempted to persuade competing groups who seek to overthrow the Assad regime to cooperate in this endeavor. He definitely failed to achieve that aim. Al-Qaeda clashes with secular forces who clash with different secular forces who are in conflict with Muslim fundamentalist forces and so on. Most probably we have passed a point at which a certain form of cease fire might have been achieved and now are at a new point. Russia seeks to become the mediator of record whose goal is halting the current conflict.

However, although we might be at a point in which “halting” is possible, we are far, far from “ending the conflict.” No powerful mediating force is present in Syria. Most probably any solution would have to be obtained by powerful outside forces creating a compromise upon those fighting and using the weapon of denying aid to compel some form of compromise. In other words, President Assad is here for the immediate
future.

Death An Equal Oportunity Employer

The latest figures are in from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which includes hundreds of medical people who keep track of those who have been killed or wouonded during the current Syrian massacres. The new total is 120,296 human beings who are dead. The figures do not include those who have been physically or mentally damaged living through the horror that is Syria. At least 42,000 are civilians incuding 6000 children and 4200 women. About 25,000 rebel fighters are dead along with 48,000 loyalists in either the Syrian armed forces or defense brigades. So, what is the conclusion of this mass murder of people?

1. Conduct a civil war and a lot of civilians die.

2. Conduct a civil war and a lot of children die.

3. Conduct a civil war and people from every group of sect wind up dead.

4. We can never know how many were emotionally destroyed during a civil war.

DO NOT HAVE CIVIL WARS?

Death In Syria Goes On And On

Another year of violence in Syria and Iraq will soon be upon us. Another year of murder and violence and people fleeing for their lives will soon be upon us. An estimated 100,000 Syrians have been murdered and an estimated seven million driven from their homes. Yesterday, Syrian Kurds seized a border crossing from al-Qaeda elements and a few thousand more people were heading some place, any place where they will not be killed by those who belong to their religion. President Assad clings to power, secular Muslims cling to their beliefs, Islamist militants insist their ideas must prevail in Syria and a few hundred die in agony. There are no more words to express of horror, there are no more platitudes to urge on the people of Syria. Death is their daily companion and death is always used to justify the murder of innocent whose only crime is to live in Syria or in neighboring Iraq.

Frankly, I have run out of words to write. The current world resembles the years in Europe when Catholic killed Protestant and vice versa. It took over a hundred years to conclude that madness. I assume this slaughter of the innocent will not end until the year, 2100?

Syria And Al-Qaeda

The up and down world of Syria continues to confuse and bedevil those seeking to assist the people of Syria. After being pressured to provide aid and assistance to Syrian rebels by members of Congress, President Obama has switched to a policy of neutrality. Moderate rebel forces were informed that aid would not be forthcoming unless there were guarantees al-Qaeda units would not receive any assistance. To make matters worse, it is now necesssary to cross areas held by al-Qaeda in order to gain access to moderate troops. The Obama administration has established conditions that must be met by moderates in order to obain any supplies.

It must agree to the US/Russian plan to control chemical weapons, no weapons will go to any al-Qaeda group and there must be support for negotiations. Moderates must distance themselves from al-Qaeda or there will not be any support. Simply stated, the situation is completely confused.

2020, everyone will still be fighting in Syria and Vladimir Putin will still head Russia. As for Barack Obama…

Saudi Arabia, Fighter For Freedom!

Saudi Arabia was offered a seat on the UN Security Council and turned down the offer because that body was not fighting for the rights of people in Syria nor for the rights of Palestinians. “The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the security council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace.” It is very upset at failure of the world body to deal effectively with the issue of securing peace for the people of Syria. Now, let me get this straight.

1. Saudi women are second class citizens who can not even drive a CAR!

2. There is no freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia.

3. People have hands chopped off for being a criminal.

4. Foreign workers are abused and exploited and frequently treated as semi-slaves.

Yes, Saudi Arabia stands for peace!

United Nations In Syria

A recent story from Germany reveals that hundreds of young men from that country have headed to Syria in quest of some fighting time. They will join thousands of Chechens, Libyans, Tunisians,Belgians, and folk from throughout the world. After all, going to Syria is like when Americans went to California in search of gold. I assume some of these men already have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya or Chad or who knows where in their quest for some meaning to life. How else learn about life than kill people? I suggest it is time to:

1. Establish a new Hall of Fame for the man or woman who has fought in the most places.

2. Create a new medal for gallentry in action.

3. Hold Second Amendment shooting contests.

4. Challenge President to an arm wrestling contest.

5. Create a new prayer for death.

Refugees Are Coming!

The one certainty of life is begin a war and you begin another refugee crisis. The European Union issued a warning that Europe should be prepared for a “massive” assault on its boundaries by Syrians who are fleeing the war in Syria. “We need to be prepared for the possibility of an even more massive influx” said Michel Barnier of the European Union. Bulgaria and Greece are now reporting the arrival of refugees from Syria. Naturally, those EU countries with weak economies are the ones confronting this challenge. About 50,000 Syrians already have applied for entry into Germany and Sweden.

There is one certainty about this issue-few, if any, will find welcome in the Land of Putin, the great defender of President Assad. He is for Syrians, just not them entering his fair land!

Death In Syria For All

The war in Syria has no “good guys” versus the “bad guys” scenario since both sides are perfectly capable of murdering and slaughtering their opponents. New reports reveal that Islamist rebel militants entered Alawite villages in Syria and proceeded to murder those of that branch of the Muslim faith. These creatures of hate also raped numerous women as part of their struggle with the government of President Bashar al-Assad. As units of the Syrian army entered an Alawite village that had been over run by rebel forces they “found two mass graves with 140 bodies.” The victims had their throats slit. Bodies of babies were hanging from trees.

In one sense, President Obama is correct in not ordering the destruction of the Assad regime. If it quickly collapses there will be slaughter of the innocent that is just as horrible as what daily occurs under supervision of the Assad regime. This is a conflict in which the only victor will be Death.

Starvation Rules In Syria

The one certainty in Syria is that tomorrow will bring more deaths to the innocent. Diplomats will argue in the Security Council, experts will debate this or that idea and while talk fills the air so do the bombs of death and slaughter. Anyone with any knowledge of the destruction in Syria is quite aware that people simply do not have much food, let alone medical assitance or even a place in which to be buried. The people of Syria are on the brink of hunger and death unless some means can be identified to feed the hungry. At each moment children are being shot, gassed to death or simply collapsing from hunger. We can debate which side is right, we can argue about whether or not gas was used to kill, but we do know that hunger is killing people.

It is strange how the world debates the process of death-gas or guns? OK, we know that innocent people will die. OK, we know that people need food. The immediate issue is feeding people. After that is handled, we can engage in debates about the guilt or non guilt of participants

Syrian Stalemate??

The bombs continue to fall in Syria. Soldiers continue to blast away at one another. As I write, hundreds of men, women and children are head for Jordan or Lebanon or anywhere that is safe from death and destruction. The government of President Bashar al-Assad controls certain areas of the country while various opposition groups control other sectors. Even as opponents fight the government they are fighting among themselves for control of this city or that city. Qadri Jamil, deputy prime minister of the Assad government raised the issue as to whether the situation has raised a stalemat conflict in which neither side can defeat the other. Yes, this is horrible. Assad will continue to rule-at least over a portion of the county. Reality–it has become a zero balance of forces. The economy has collapsed, over 100,000 are dead and at least two million are refugees, either in Syria or elsewhere.

The sad conclusion is that once a conflict has reached the stalemate stage it is time to call a cease fire. Perhaps, next step is to acknowledge that certain sectors are controlled by a group. Halt the fighting, and end the murder of people. This is not a neat solution, but it will end death and destruction–for a moment.