Aleppo crime

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­

The Mid­dle East is fac­ing very com­plex and dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, es­pe­cially since the si­t­u­a­tion in­volves re­li­gious ide­olo­gies. Talk about as­sault and mur­der in the me­dia seems nor­mal. It is a dis­gust­ing si­t­u­a­tion.

Aleppo has been ex­posed to crimes against hu­man­ity, re­gard­less of the jus­ti­fi­ca­tions or rea­sons given by any power. My sim­ple un­der­stand­ing of crimes against hu­man­ity is the well-known def­i­ni­tion that in­cludes mur­der, ex­ter­mi­na­tion, tor­ture, dis­place­ment and di­men­sional ex­clu­sion, ter­ror­ism and de­ten­tion or il­le­gal per­se­cu­tion for re­li­gious or racial rea­sons, whether in­di­vid­u­ally or col­lec­tively, against civil­ians in oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. Isn’t that what just hap­pened to the city of Aleppo?

The killing op­er­a­tion there be­gan with a dis­place­ment of the pop­u­la­tion of east Aleppo, with a live broad­cast car­ried by the of­fi­cial Syr­ian TV chan­nel un­der the ti­tle “Aleppo vic­tory”. This chan­nel showed some scenes of ar­eas of de­struc­tion in Aleppo - images that the world saw for the first time. The de­struc­tion there is mas­sive and bloody.

Where are the UN rep­re­sen­ta­tives? No com­ments! It sent low-ranked em­ploy­ees to sub­mit a pro­posal on the readi­ness of the United Na­tions to as­sist the peo­ple of Aleppo to be ex­pelled from their homes, at a time when the whole world knows that the In­ter­na­tional Red Cross re­fused to su­per­vise the forced dis­place­ment of the peo­ple of Aleppo. This poses a big ques­tion. Did the Red Cross refuse to cover a crime against hu­man­ity?

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama clearly stated that the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the As­sad regime and its al­lies, the Rus­sians and Ira­ni­ans. He said in a press con­fer­ence at the White House that “their hands are stained with blood”. Thank you sir - you only said the truth.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion con­firmed that it in­formed the re­lief agen­cies that were in­volved in the evac­u­a­tion op­er­a­tions to leave the area, with­out pro­vid­ing any rea­sons. Killings are con­tin­u­ing with no one to help! The Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety is in the process of col­lect­ing do­na­tions, and in­di­vid­u­als and groups are also do­ing so, but I do not know how it would be sent and to whom.

For the first time since his elec­tion, US Pres­i­dent-Elect Don­ald Trump con­firmed his view on the need to work on the es­tab­lish­ment of safe zones in Syria, adding that Gulf states have to pay the cost. Sadly, he doesn’t see the hu­man­i­tar­ian side of the con­flict. He does not talk about the US’ hu­man­i­tar­ian duty to stop the Rus­sian or Ira­nian in­ter­ven­tion in the re­gion and en­sure the safety of res­i­dents who were forced to move out of their coun­tries. Trump’s only con­cern is that the Gulf should pay for the refugees’ eat­ing and drink­ing costs.

I’m not op­ti­mistic at all. I think that the war in Syria will last longer than ex­pected in light of the US ap­proach and the world’s silence. Some Arab me­dia tried to jus­tify Arab im­po­tence over Aleppo by blam­ing Turkey. This is not ac­cept­able or fair, be­cause it is not rea­son­able to ex­pect Turkey alone to save Aleppo, af­ter the US’ com­plic­ity and dis­ap­point­ing role. There is no doubt Turkey has played a great hu­man­i­tar­ian role so far.

What hap­pened in Aleppo is a crime against hu­man­ity, in­clud­ing forced dis­place­ment of the pop­u­la­tion by Rus­sia, Iran and the Da­m­as­cus regime, amidst in­ter­na­tional silence headed by the United Na­tions. The si­t­u­a­tion puts Turkey in the fore­ground and Gulf states must stand firmly with Turkey. Aleppo is not go­ing to be the last scene of mas­sacres and more evil is com­ing. Gulf states need to sup­port Turkey by all means and at all cost.

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