Syria's Slow Starvation
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With every breath of life-giving air we take, for a Syrian, life seems to be taken away.
Our new Nazism, our new Adolf Hitler.
Red-Line" which if crossed, would result in consequences. While I admittedly do not know everything and may have missed something, what exactly those consequences were I remain uncertain about. From where I sit, I still do not see that anything of substance was done. From my vantage point the killing has not only continued, but has gotten worse. The gross atrocities the ongoing Syrian civil war is producing continue to beg the world for help. With every breath of life-giving air we take, for a Syrian, life seems to be taken away.
In the days directly following the chemical weapons attack John Kerry compared Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler. A cartoon sketch of Bashar al-Assad with an Adolf Hitler style mustache, wearing a swastika-emblazed armband, and being given the "Heil Hitler" salute from crowds gathered around him also began rapidly increasing in popularity, at least on Syrian opposition television channels, and on other news outlets across the Middle East. Obviously a connection was made likening Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler in the minds of many who opposed him.
In "The Syrian Bonhoeffer" I opined on what I call "The Bonhoeffer Question" with regards to the chemical weapons attack that was carried out on 21 August 2013 in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. However, if truth be told, when I wrote "The Syrian Bonhoeffer" I thought that any serious future connections between Adolf Hitler and Bashar al-Assad, Nazism and the ongoing Syrian civil war, would be unlikely. I turned out to be wrong.
In the run-up to Geneva II ' the so-called "peace talks" currently taking place in Switzerland to end the Syrian civil war ' another reminisce of Nazism and the horrible atrocities which happened to the Jews during Hitler's reign came to light, this time in the form of over 11,000 dead souls who have been systematically murdered by the Bashar al-Assad regime since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, whose deaths were photographed and documented in great detail. The victims were almost entirely young Syrian men ranging in age from their early 20's to their early 40's. Experts say the photographs reveal they were tortured to death by means of being slowly starved. While it is yet to be known whether or not this is true, if it does prove to be so it will be the first time since World War Two ' when Adolf Hitler systematically killed millions of Jews by means of slowly starving them to death ' that the world has seen such an atrocity as this.
The main question I have about this, however, is not whether it will prove to be true or not, but what the response from the world will be if it does prove to be so. Will any world powers come to the aid of the Syrian opposition? Will it be a red-line, which having been crossed will lead to the type of outside intervention necessary to bring about an end to the ongoing Syrian civil war? Or will it merely be a red-line that having been crossed only faces the consequences of empty threats which result in no action at all?
Unfortunately, I find myself continuing to ask how many dead Syrians it will take before something is done to end the ongoing war; the ongoing killing. Yet as of now, doing so has brought no answer. While I do hope and pray that some sort of resolution is brought to life during the Geneva II conference and in her aftermath, I do not have great expectations that such will be the case. World leaders will likely leave the conference talking about the great accomplishments and fruitful steps towards peace that were made; of that I am fairly certain. However, from where I sit today, just like the pictures of those young men who were killed by being slowly starved to death, I don't anticipate that in the coming months we will see those comments as to having any sort of real, life-giving meat on their bones.
Sadly, the question of how many dead Syrians it will take before the red-line is finally crossed, continues to seemingly be an ongoing debate. Maybe for all involved in the discussions and debate, it would do at least some good to remember "The Dead Don't Debate". That is unless deep down inside what the world is actually hoping and waiting for is for them all to simply kill each other off themselves.
Please, God, for the sake of Syria, for the sake of the world, and for the sake of our own humanity, let that not be so. Amen.
Jeff d. Patterson, Middle East Specialist: While the ashes were beginning to settle in New York City with the setting of the sun on 9/11, Jeff D. Patterson was unpacking his bags far, far away from American shores; far, far away from his family and friends; far, far away from his homeland. He was starting a new phase of life in a region of the world he would call ‘home’ for most of the next decade. Jeff was taking his first breaths of Middle Eastern air, thinking of the world becoming a better place… In contrast to most... (more...)