West must act in Syr­ian for sake of hu­man­ity or face a his­tory of ig­nominy

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The ta­bles have dras­ti­cally turned in the Syria con­flict in re­cent months and Western in­ac­tion and in­de­ci­sive­ness has played a sig­nif­i­cant part.

The U.S. and its Euro­pean al­lies have failed the Syr­ian peo­ple and to make mat­ters worse, western diplo­mats are still bick­er­ing in­ter­nally on how they should re­spond to the Syr­ian con­flict, when they have had 2.5 years to for­mu­late an ap­proach.

In­fa­mous red-lines have long been crossed, dozens of cities lie in rub­ble, over 100,000 dead and mil­lions dis­placed with the rate in­creas­ing all the time. Yet the West is still plagued by un­ease and un­cer­tainty on its moral obli­ga­tions.

As the Syr­ian civil war has fes­tered and de­cayed, more di­vi­sive western pol­icy at the out­set would have achieved a far quicker po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion, saved thou­sands of lives, in­fra­struc­ture and un­told suf­fer­ing.

Now the con­flict has be­come so messy that even the West is star­tled to re­spond. A great ex­am­ple is the pro­posal to arm se­lected mem­bers of the Free Syr­ian Army (FSA). Both Great Bri­tain and France pe­ti­tioned ve­he­mently for months to end the EU arms em­bargo in May. Now that they have got­ten their wish, they have got frosty feet. Like­wise the US an­nounced in­tent to sup­ply weapons in mid-June af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing that Bash al-As­sad had crossed a red-line (the same murky red line that As­sad had passed long ago), yet there are no signs of sup­plies.

The con­flict has be­come so com­plex and cloudy that Western pow­ers do not be­lieve that their “light” weaponry would make any dif­fer­ent. Yet iron­i­cally, Russia and Iran have been arm­ing As­sad to the teeth with no re­morse.

In the time that the West has stood idle, Syr­ian has be­come the bat­tle­ground for who’s who of Ji­hadists and for­eign fight­ers. The war is no longer about oust­ing As­sad and free­ing Syria from dic­ta­tor­ship, it is now heav­ily sec­tar­ian and to a cer­tain ex­tent a proxy bat­tle for a new Cold War with Russia, Iran and China.

With Hezbol­lah arms deep in sup­port­ing As­sad, al-Qaeda spear-head­ing the rebel on­slaught, even the Tal­iban look­ing to en­ter the fray, and add Le­banese, Ira­nian and Iraqi fac­tions into the mix, Syria has be­come an even more en­trenched mine­field.

With As­sad fight­ing back, the rebels lit­er­ally fight­ing each other, Is­lamist forces bat­tling Kur­dish fight­ers and Geneva mark 2 be­com­ing an ever dis­tant mi­rage, the short-term prospects are bleak.

But the world must for­get sectarianism, the new Cold war arena or those jock­ey­ing for re­gional power. The Western pow­ers and the United Na­tions must act for the sake of hu­man­ity if noth­ing else. When will enough deemed enough? Just how will his­tory look back on the West and par­tic­u­larly the UN which has been an all but paral­ysed by­stander?

By the time sane pow­ers in­ter­vene, there will be lit­tle to in­ter­vene for. What will Syr­i­ans do with no econ­omy, de­stroyed com­mu­ni­ties, homes in rub­ble and their cur­rency worth­less?

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