Syrian Violence is Getting Out of Hand

Do you know what I don’t understand?

Syria, or to be more accurate the needless violence. I don’t understand what drives a man to slaughter his own people, you know the ones that any government official is supposed to protect. I mean could you imagine David Cameron turning around in a few months time and ordering the army to terrorise us with endless showers of shells or determined sniper bullets? I don’t understand why Bashar al-Assad is doing it.

What can possibly justify his actions?

Well, nothing.

I was watching an interview with Paul Conroy, the British photographer who was injured in Syria and smuggled out with much risk to his rescuers. He was lying in his hospital bed looking a bit worse for wear and he spoke hardly of his troubles only the horror he saw taking place there. How the people have no food, no contact and no medical care.  

Aid was supposed to finally be allowed into Homs today. Before I left for uni it was breaking news that seven aid trucks would be allowed in. When I got back they had been blocked. It’s like rubbing salt into the wound. Not only does Assad threaten the lives of all who live in Homs but he dangles help in front of them, so tantalizingly close. It’s as if he’s trying to torture them. 

Despite attempts to put a stop to the evil in Syria both Russia and China have vetoed any interference but considering the cries for help that are emanating from the depths of the country I think perhaps politics should be thrown aside. While we wait for men and women sitting around a table to decide how best to serve the victims of Syria more are dying. These people have done nothing to deserve it, just like Lybia and Egypt, but nobody is helping them. Well, almost nobody.

Marie Colvin died trying to get to the truth. Distinguished by her amazing talent as a journalist just as much the eyepatch she wore (she lost her eye on the job in Sri Lanka in 2001, thanks to a piece of shrapnel). She died doing her job but thankfully it was something she was passionate about. She was passionate that the world should know the truth of Syria. It’s a shame that it took her death, as well as the death of French photographer Remi Ochlik, to spur people into action. I think their deaths have finally delivered the message. Thankfully the Red Cross were able to recover their bodies today.

Did you know that for a Syrian citizen to speak to a journalist at this moment is considered treason? To speak out against their mistreatment and their slaughter is punishable by death..but then again staying in Syria itself could kill them too. People shouldn’t be scared of staying in their country, they shouldn’t have to flee from it.

So many people have died and I don’t understand why they’ve had to.  Hopefully the World Leaders will finally get their act together because something needs to be done and it can’t be left to foreign correspondents and the Free Syria Army alone.

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4 responses to “Syrian Violence is Getting Out of Hand

  • El Guapo

    Every question you ask is a good one. Everything you suggest is good.
    But you and I live in completely different worlds.
    Many middle eastern regimes gain and hold power through violence and terror against their own people.
    Then there is a coup, and the cycle starts again with different people.
    Sadly, the political agenda will never be cast aside until there is a different world order.
    You and I are very lucky to be living in countries where we can rail against the Syrian gov’t (or our own) without any repercussion.
    Good luck making heads or tails out of the motives of governments…I’ve never been able to.

    • Summer Grant

      Indeed, I understand we’re lucky, in fact the riots that happened in London last year disgusted me because compared to what was happening in Egypt and Lybia at the same time, we had nothing to complain about.

      It just horrifies me that the lives of his people mean nothing to him.

      • El Guapo

        I couldn’t agree more. I’m hoping that the new governments being built in other countries that have overthrown their regimes will be more geared towards taking care of their people.
        Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic…

    • Summer Grant

      Yeah, I’m the same. With any luck Egypt will come through it and hopefully Lybia won’t slip back into an unstable regime.

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