Opinion: The Situation in Syria And Gassing of Civilians

   04.11.18

Opinion: The Situation in Syria And Gassing of Civilians

Anyone else find it odd that just a few days after President Trump announced he wanted to withdraw troops from Syria there was a gas attack on civilians?  From various news sources it appears Assad is very close to winning the Syrian Civil War. So why would he risk international retaliation by gassing civilians?

To get to the bottom of the matter, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made a proposal asking for an impartial investigation team be assembled and sent to Syria.

Russia vetoed the resolution.

Why would Russia veto a U.N. resolution for an impartial investigation team who would look at chemical attacks on civilians? Is it because Russia has something to hide?

If World War II taught us anything, when rumors become known of civilians being gassed, nations should not wait.

When rumors came out of Nazi Germany saying Jews were being exterminated, the Red Cross investigated a “model” camp. The camp was in sharp contrast to the truth. When the results of the investigation were released to the public it appeared the Jews were being taken care of. They had a swimming pool, sports, and access to health care–everything people would need.

The facade put on by the German government lasted until the camps were liberated, then the truth became known.

With Russia blocking a impartial United Nations investigation, what is the world supposed to do? Maybe the world should say, “This is Syrian matter and we should not get involved.” If we say that, then were do we draw the line on genocide and the slaughter of civilians?

Then again, the world did not act when various communist governments slaughtered an estimated 100 million people in the 20th century.

  • During the Holodomor of the Ukraine, as many as 12 million people starved to death.
  • Cambodian genocide by the Khmer Rouge, as many as 3 million people died.
  • When Saddam Hussein was gassing the Kurds, the world pretty much sat back and did nothing. The bloodbath ended when Iraq was invaded Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

So where does the world draw the line?

Most logical people want to see evidence before action is taken against Syria. However, when a nation such as Russia vetoes a United Nations resolution for an investigation, what is the world supposed to do?

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