I've resisted my natural predisposition to comment on Syria, until now.
It's not a cut and dry situation with arguments both for and against any sort of intervention.
It's a genuinely #ty situation - atrocities committed by both sides and none of the combatants seem to have noble intentions or the best interests of
the majority of Syrian people at heart.
And as usual it is those ordinary people who are suffering the most - perhaps instead of concentrating on those doing the killing we should be putting
the best interests of those who are being killed first.
How to do that?
I honestly don't know, I'm not privy to all the information and I'm not arrogant enough to assume to think that I have the answers.
But I do know it's a precarious situation that could have serious ramifications for each and every one of us.
The UK and US have long preached about the need to follow international law and procedure.
As such every diplomatic avenue must be exhausted and UN protocols followed before any possible intervention takes place.
Obama and Cameron seem to be using the abhorrent use of chemical agents as an excuse to further their own agenda without following these measures -
that is inexcusable.
In addition the overwhelming majority of people in the UK, and the impression I get from here and other sources is that it's exactly the same in the
US, are currently opposed to any military involvement.
Cameron has recalled Parliament and they will do as instructed in accordance with party political dictate but that does not mean that the will of the
people is being followed.
I think I'm correct in saying that it's a similar position in the USA.
Of course Obama and Cameron know that they could well be fighting on Al-Qaida and other like minded groups side - how could they not know?
Do the people of Syria want an Al-Qaida supported government? I suspect not.
So what, or perhaps more to the point, whose purpose is being served?
As a slight aside I've noticed one point not being reported on much by all the news agencies.
This is essentially yet another Shi'a - Sunni issue.
The ruling Alawite Shi'a minority on one side against the various Sunni factions on the other.
Shi'a Iran and Hezbollah are aligning with the Alawites and generally speaking the Sunni nations on the other.
An Islamic issue.
Perhaps an approach to the new regime in Iran, one that allegedly wants to improve relations with 'the west', could help broker a deal that would at
least see some sort of ceasefire whilst a diplomatic solution can be reached.
This would have the added bonus of facilitating some sort of reconciliation with Iran, perhaps starting with some relaxation of the sanctions
currently imposed upon them and renewed talks and transparency on their nuclear programme etc.
Just a thought.
edit on 28/8/13 by Freeborn because: grammar and clarity