Monday, February 6, 2012

Media Monday - Syria

Normally, I do not like to get political on my blog but this weekend the UN Security Council's motion related to Syria was vetoed by Russia and China.  This motion was supported by most Western Nations along with the Arab League.

Many Syrian children are bring wounded in the struggle within that nation. Several human rights groups are maintaining that the Syrian forces are even torturing children as young as 13.  It is estimated that over 5000 Syrians have been killed so far during this conflict including up to 200 on Saturday in the worse case of one-day violence since the uprising began.

While I am usually not a supporter of outsides influencing the affairs of other nations and I agree with China that asking a sitting leader to step-down is unsettling however, this plan according to AlJazeera...

"does not explicitly call on Assad to step down or mention an arms embargo or sanctions, though it "fully supports" an Arab League plan to facilitate a democratic transition."

In this case, it is not only the Western Nations who are supporting the resolution but the Arab League itself.  The Arab League contends that the balance of power is so one-sided in this conflict that something must be done for the sake of the people.  If the Arab League is making these types of statements about one of its member nations, you know the situation on the ground is tragic.

I only hope officials from China and Russia are working hard behind the scenes with the Syrian government to create a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.

May we all know peace in our time.

1 comment:

  1. I was watching the news earlier today and they were talking about this and showing video of what was going on there. I know the United States has it's own problems, but is what is going on in Syria makes me very grateful to be living in the US. I can not even imagine what they are going through. What would they hope to accomplish by torturing children? Thank you for the information!