Some thoughts and reflections on Syria and the world:
The Price of International inaction
They have let it brew and spawn and and fester till all hell was let loose. Let them face the concurrences now. Sometimes not to act or playing the wise impotent man are no solutions, no wise strategy, or an attempt to prevent a greater evil. Inaction and indifference are but the making of a catastrophe of horrific dimensions. Inaction creates a vacuum, a gap which sooner or later is filled with the stuff of nightmares. It is a nightmare of unforeseeable and inestimable consequences the world is facing now in its attempt to stop the Syrian version of Hitler, but face it ought to do because delaying the decision yet again will only lead to more potent and toxic perils.
Our Common Humanity
Two days ago the pictures and the videos of the chemical massacre and the activists videos were referred to as unverified, alleged and cannot be authenticated. Today in his press statement, Kerry said that he forced himself to watch the videos again and experienced once more the anguish of the relatives of the victims, and saw the dead children. Kerry then proceeded to say ” Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass.” Well, believe me I do not know what to say. Kerry was saying things not dissimilar to what I myself said in my last report on my blog. Do I dare believe that they at last are finding our common humanity? Do I dare…do I dare?
All this morality and talk about morality which is clogging the air is giving morality an obscene name!!! The world, more correctly part of the world, has not only discovered morality on the eve of a possible intervention to stop Assad, but the International law as well, both of which were slumbering peacefully, like Snow White in their glass coffins, before. What has happened? Where was morality hiding when almost 200,000 Syrians have been butchered by the regime directly or indirectly, when one million children were displaced, when millions do not have the bare necessaries and are living like refugees, when thousands are made disabled, when countless towns, cities and villages were destroyed? Shall I go on? Where was morality hiding or was it blindfolded or has suffered a chemical attack, where was this inimitable lofty noble morality? Some are advocating that they are morally bound not to interfere in a civil war. Is this a civil war? Assad unleashed warplanes, helicopter gunships, ballistic missiles, cluster bombs, white phosphorous bombs, TNT-filled barrel bombs and surface-to-surface missiles including Scud missiles, not to mention hunger, imprisonment, rape and torture against his people and ended with chemical warfare, yet the world watched indifferently with its morality intact. Please drop the word civil from civil war. This is a war against children, women and the vulnerable. This is a naked, savage, ruthless war against those who are weaker, a war that is spawning and attracting all the evils and all the evil men and the criminals of the world. Please do not go moral on me. Please do not preach and delve into the mazes of moral futility.
The man who would be King
Our wishes, fears, deliberations and soul searching do not count anymore. The jinni is out of the bottle. This is but the last bequest of the man who would be King in the graveyard which was his country.
it is so amazing Alisar Iram how you are able to articulate what I have been trying to say to my senator and congressperson – we allowed ASSad regime to destroy the original leaders of the movement – when at the time the cost to support them would have been far less than it is now – which creates exactly as you say “a vacuum” where others move in some of whom may not share the original ideals. I hope the Syrian people will remember the ideas and actions of people like Gyath Mattar – and I know I will – but every democracy is flawed – every one of them – and there will be growing pains – witness Egypt – but almost any government has to be better than the current regime – God Bless you sister and keep writing and painting – you are an inspiration to me
Thank you Mark. What you are saying means a lot to me. That is what I have been saying to my fellow revolutionaries. We have to step in and form the forefront of or the deference line of the ideals with which we had started and keep the light shining. We are all reaping the bitter harvest now, the whole world is doing. But thank you again Mark for feeling with us and standing with us, heart to heart.
Interesting post. I posted something on this topic a while ago; baring in mind what you’ve written you may be interested. rileyfrost.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/what-are-the-concequences-of-military-intervention-in-syria/