70 years ago the world looked away as the Holocaust killed millions. “Never again” was the promise it made.
In 1994, 800,000 people were massacred over the course of 100 days in Rwanda. The international community saw it coming but did nothing to intervene until after the damage had been done.
In the mid-1990s, with full knowledge and reports of atrocities across Bosnia, that culminated in the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica, the international community allowed Slobodan Milosevic to reek havoc across the country for far too long.
And now it’s happening again.
For 20 months President Assad has waged war on his own people. The conflict, which has already amassed 30,000 casualties on both sides, shows no sign of stopping. In fact, it is escalating.
Cluster bombs are now President Assad’s weapon of choice in Syria. These munitions drop hundreds of bomblets on a wide area and are designed to cause maximum casualties. Assad claims that all his attacks are strategic and used to target the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). These cluster bombs are being dropped on civilian areas of Syria. Do the maths.
The world is waiting for “those” photos or videos to come out of Syria that shock the world into action and enrage public opinion. Until then, they will wait. They will draw up ceasefire resolutions and call for talks between the two parties.
How about, just for once, we intervene to stop a conflict of this nature?
“Never again” they said. It’s happening again.
Just doin’ ma duty,
Old Bushel Britches x