Syria: Truce Is The Need. Not War.

2013-08-30 06:34

The alleged illegal use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is a gross violation of international and Geneva Protocols. Global leaders and conscience driven individuals cannot sit carelessly while someone uses weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to kill human beings. The mass murder by chemical weapons of hundreds of people in Damascus is a serious crime against humanity.

Although the Syrian imbroglio definitely needs urgent assertive intervention, a military strike by the United States and its allies on Damascus will not bring about the required outcome. It can also be catastrophic and have unintended consequences. Artillery and missiles could accidentally strike targets killing innocent human beings. Does the US military know where the WMD stockpiles are housed?

Furthermore, the US led military intervention in Syria is not about humanitarianism, bringing peace or protecting human rights, it is more to do with protecting Israel and paving the path to attack Iran.

With over one hundred thousand killed, millions of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and millions of displaced people and refugees on the borders of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, the civil war in Syria cannot be allowed to continue or fester.

I believe the global reaction to the suspected use of WMD or chemical weapons in Syria is to organize the peace talks that global leaders had planned and promised. A negotiating period or truce is the greatest need and not war.

Countries like America, Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia should use their significant influence in the region to bring the different factions and the regime to the negotiating table.

The peace talks must seek to achieve not just an end to WMD use but an end to all military artillery use, by a complete end of hostilities and ceasefire. A call should also be made for a complete stop to WMD production around the globe. War and the artillery and tools of it are by their nature dangerous, deadly and destructive.

Moreover, the peace talks must be truly inclusive as this will give the Syrians the opportunity to build a future without bloodshed and conflict.

An all-embracing dialogue and a political solution is the only constructive way to bring about a swift end to the human suffering and endless war.

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