Where are our consciences…?
One of the near countless incidents, which sparked this war… was in fact a group of children who were caught by the Regime: scrawling anti-Assad messages on a wall, and were consequently captured and tortured by having their fingernails pulled out!
This is not a group of terrorists trying to overthrow a respectable fair minded State, a representative of democracy in ‘any’ sense… it is a people fighting for their very existence, and actually the right to govern themselves, and determine their own lives freedom of speech!
The Syrian Regime, is committing genocide, murder, rape, torture, and imprisonment of ‘any’ and all of its opponents; what more atrocities does this cruel despotic Government have to indulge in exactly, for – we the ‘West’ to finally get some backbone and feel we “must” intervene?
Those people in the West who label the Syrian people as terrorists who are fighting for their freedom, and adopt the attitude of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” conveniently forget the Syrian people ‘did’ attempt a “peaceful” uprising, but were shot and bombed, and ‘worse’ for their brave stance against a dictatorship, which is intent on stamping out the merest sign of dissent! They, the ‘people’ as a result were left with little alternative, than to bear arms.
Not forgetting, when many members of the Syrian army, who ‘stoically’ refused to fight or carry out atrocities – in the name of Assad, and were usually consequently ‘shot on the spot,’ those who were not – deserted, taking up the cause, and forming the courageous ranks of the forces such as the Free Syrian Army!
However… only today there has been yet another reported massacre committed by the Assad Regime of – men, women, and ‘children.’
In this conflict and these people’s brave and stoic fight for liberty against overwhelming odds… this term has almost become a Cliché, which is an atrocious indictment of the world’s crass indifference, and lack of meaningful action in this conflict.
If the Assad Regime were to achieve victory, and I ‘do’ believe the human spirit will triumph, and this despotic dictatorship will be overthrown! Nevertheless… consider for just a moment please the consequences of the Assad Regime succeeding? This regime is supported by without doubt – those with terrorist links: Hezbollah, and Iran just for a start. Also Russia… yet another Government, which murders, tortures and imprisons its opponents, relies on Syria and has military installations situated here. Additionally the fledging democracies of both Iraq, and Afghanistan have come under threat recently, by internal struggles, and external pressures, including Iran, which attempts to subvert both of these countries, because in reality ‘many’ in the Iranian Regime, do not wish to have a democracy for their own people, and see such as these… emerging democracies as a threat.
Yes, both Iraq and Afghanistan are admittedly struggling, in fact in many respects, have recently come under pressure like never before, and deserve our continued support, but they also have acted like a beacon of hope in the Middle East for the Arab uprising, and those who protested in Iran after the ‘largely believed’ 2009 … flawed election.
Please do not underestimate how much is at stake here, the Free Syrian Army, are not just fighting for their people’s freedom, but also actually – in reality… that of our own!