Searching for safety
The news that emerged from the Kazakh capital regarding de-escalation in Syria’s rebel-held areas is certainly welcome.
At the very least it would minimize the number of casualties, offer a promise for the beginning of the rehabilitation of destroyed areas and create secure and safe zones for the thousands of refugees contemplating a return home.
The Syrian people, however, know that this is easier said than done, as they have been bitten more than once by every party involved in the killing fields of their country. In fact, the ordinary Syrian refugee is really puzzled and uncertain as to whom to trust, considering that both superpowers and regional governments have been acting like vultures trying to carve up the cake.
Syria has been subjected to all kinds of plagues, sectarian cleansings, demographic changes, independent enclaves and the presence of a multitude of militias, primarily with sectarian slant.
To top it all off, the number of powers waiting in the shadows to reap the benefits are no fewer than the numerous cooks watching and stirring the cauldron of violence.
Chief among these is the United Nations, whose relief agencies have made little progress in lifting the hardship of thousands.
On the contrary, the U.N.’s political arm has failed spectacularly to alleviate the suffering of the people, and in many cases that drastic failure has resulted in a heavy loss of life because of the body’s miscalculations and insistence on running the show from Geneva, New York or any city that enjoys pleasant weather and an alluring vista. And the tragedy is that when the stage is bare and everyone goes home there won’t be any accountability.
The bottom line is that the Syrians, the region and the whole world are anxious to see these suffering people return to their country with dignity and with the promise of safety. Unless such is the result of Friday’s arrangement, all the jargon is not worth a strand of hair from a single Syrian child.