Over the past week yet again we have witnessed the international community become increasingly concerned with the situation in Syria. Not only has there been a special convened debate over the issue at the House of Commons last week but France along with its ally the USA are now planning to take action against Syria, currently under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. For the last 18 months media headlines throughout the world have been dominated by the allegations of chemical weapons used by the Syrian regime yet the USA and its European allies have failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove any of the allegations resulting in the killing of innocent people and children to continue on both sides. One side blaming the other.
However, what is interesting is the idea that the leading powers have only recently thought of taking actions against Syria. After more than 100,000 people dead as reported by the United Nations and nearly 2 million people displaced as refugees across the border with Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon, what are the true intentions of these Western powers? Genuine humanitarian help is not a key priority, as the slaughter of the innocent has gone on for months. History teaches us that invading or interfering with a sovereign country without firm or solid evidence only reasserts to the world the desire for nations to establish their own hegemonic positions – as seen with the unlawful invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on flimsy evidence through speculation of Weapons of Mass Destruction being in the possession of the discredited ally of the West, Saddam Hussein. Nevertheless, the most controversial matter of all is that the Middle-East envoy for the United Nations is no other than the former Prime Minister of UK, Tony Blair –a peace envoy who happens to side with Obama’s decision to attack Syria. All the same, the main advocate pressing to attack Syria is none other than the Nobel-peace prize winner President and commander in chief of the USA military Barack Obama. The irony speaks for itself.
It is, therefore, not a surprise that the leaders of the Western powers are eager to take action with only the cause that will benefit their own national interest and those of their ally and then go on to exploit the regions resources and people. Unfortunately for them, their fellow colleagues disagree with them strongly as demonstrated with the failure to achieve a majority vote for military intervention in Syria last week in the House of Commons. As a result, President Obama and his administration’s plans for a ‘limited strike’ were derailed and with their plans in disarray has led President Obama having to call upon Congress to vote on whether to intervene militarily in Syria. Despite the egg on the face of Prime Minster Cameroon and his Foreign Secretary Hague (who has been egging on the international community for months to arm the rebels along with air strikes), UK stands humiliated in the face of the Parliamentary vote of NO to military intervention in Syria without any evidence or cover of the UN Security Council. Russia as part of the Security Council has demanded any nation to provide evidence of the Syrian regime using chemical weapons against its own population. Similarly, the former Conservative Party leadership contender David Davis has equally poured cold water on the notion that Syria was behind the use of chemical weapons and said that the only people who had such a motive were the rebels. Then there is already evidence from the past few months that would corroborate the use of chemical weapons by the Al-Qaeda groups which form part for the rebels supported by the West. NATO member countries such as Turkey have announced clearly that they are ready to take any action against Syria – even without any form of mandate from the UN. One wonders as to what secret agenda these nations really have?
As the World prepares to honour those who fell fighting in WWI, 100 years ago in 2014 and after 68 years from the last major war – will this really be the start of a bloody, murderous World War III. Surely, we have travelled a long way as humanity to realise the folly of war, as there are no victors.