The news that Britain supplied the evil regime of Bashar al-Assad with its supplies of chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago, is truly breathtaking and not at all awe-inspiring but says a lot about why our country should never be trusted in having any say anywhere on the planet. This blog has been constantly against any form of military action by the west in the affairs of the Syrian civil war and whoever was responsible for the horrific, vile attack on innocent people including lets not forget many children.
It’s the children that concerns me more that anything, the impact that this long war is having on them must be taking its toll and doing untold damage that we in the west hear nothing about in our daily reports published in the warmongering press and portrayed on the early and late evening news.
Over 2 years of unrest have created the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern history of the Middle East region. Over 6 million Syrians are in need for humanitarian aid, around 4 million people have been internally displaced, more than 1.7 million refugees have fled the country to neighbouring countries. Two million children in Syria have become the victims of bloody conflict, with many swept up in violence, and suffering from trauma, malnutrition and disease.
The war in Syria has caused a "collapse in childhood", Save the Children warned. It cited research revealing that one in three children reported having been hit, kicked or shot at, as fighting between rebels and soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad engulfed the entire country.
Many children are now living rough, struggling to find enough to eat, without the right medicine if they become sick or injured. As society has broken down, in the worst cases, hunger, homelessness and terror have replaced school for some of these young people.
The Law of War states that all parties to conflict must distinguish between combatants and civilians at all times. There can be no stronger flouting of this law than the indiscriminate attacks that have punctuated this conflict throughout.
This latest episode in which tens of hundreds of people are reported to have been killed - due to the alleged use of chemical weapons - is an intolerable example, but so too is the plight of the Syrian children, over half of the victims are likely to be children. This is unacceptable, illegal and alarming. And it is not an isolated incident – this war has claimed the lives of over an estimated 100,000 people, a huge majority of which are civilians.
Raining down with bombs is not the answer nor is the arming of the free Syrian Army by the West. I believe that the power of people forged in the red hot fires of revolution (I Mean revolting and sicken repulse) towards any sort of international response (attack) has slowed up and almost stopped world leaders going off on a one way tandem (one behind the other), but holds great promise and assurance that things can change without the use of weapons of mass destruction. We must keep that pressure on in the weeks that lie ahead of us.