Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, during an emergency meeting in Syria because of the Aleppo situation at the UN Security Council, said this: “three members States of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead, by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you. Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child, that gets under your skin that just creeps you out a little bit? Is there nothing that you will not lie about or justify?”.
She was addressing specifically to Russia, Iran and Syria, three of the countries that are fighting the rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo. But why just Russian, Iran and Syrian are to be ashamed? Why not the US too? Turkey and other Arab States? or even European Union member States? US should be ashamed too, or they already forgot what happened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya? Was it not Russia or Iran, even less Syria that destroyed those countries. And what do we have now? Three countries were destroyed, without infrastructure and with radical Islam growing everywhere, spreading terror around the world. They might have weakened Al-Qaeda but they started Daesh, which they were suppose to be fighting in Syria and Iraq, but it looks that they are more worried about Assad than to stop the Daesh savagery. Of course US are not alone, they have their NATO and Arab allies to backup their actions, and the Assad regime is not any paradise, but the Syrian conflict is more than a simple civil war, its a World War located in just a tiny region of the World.
We all play an important role in this globalised world. We all think about the atrocities that are happening in Syria but do we really care? Lighting monuments with the flag colours of the country affected by the terrorist attack this means nothing. We take a photo next to it, we shared it in the social networking and put the hashtag “pray for”. That it is all we do, until it happens again and again, and we will be doing the same process. Sharing hashtags asking for prayers when something so wrong is happening is not helping that much, instead it shows that we do not care at all. This might sensitise and create awareness, but what else? You probably already forgot Alan Kurdi.
We still see terror attacks happening almost everyday, conflicts going on, people leaving their countries and Human Rights being violated. Let me remind you the Paris attacks, all the world was in shock, even me, but why do we care so much about Paris and care less about Beirut that had a terrorist attack the day before, or the recent attacks in Istanbul and Cairo? Do we really care about what is happening to the world or are we too selfish to even pay attention to it? Does other lives do not mean nothing to us? Until when can we live like this? Do we gave to wait until something happens to us to take action?
Wake up world! We are living this because we started this and still we are letting it going. This is not a battle about people, this is a battle about leaders and governments who just care about their money and its influence in the World, and this war makes so much money. If we see peace in Syria be ready for another conflict because the Kurds with American guns wont let peace stay for long, they will fight for their independence. Today the US and other allies are helping the Kurds, but they will be there when they call for an independent Kurdistan? No do not think so, this is a war that I do not want to see.
The Arab culture was so influent centuries ago, but now their politicians just want to bit the neck of their leaders, in order to bit them and impose their ideology, that probably is even worse. Unfortunately with this attitude, and external influence not helping to calm down this feelings, I do not see peace in Middle East for the next decades, maybe centuries. MENA countries need to seat and have a serious conversation without their ideologies on the table, between their differences there must be something that they want to fight for. They share a common ground, language, culture, history and even religion, there must be something that they can agree on for their better future. It is up to them, leaders and people, to find the solution for their own problems, not a Security Council that is tied in its own interests.
At the same time that MENA region is passing through a dark age, the Western World, the so called developed civilisation, a former example of democracy and development for the developing countries, is also falling apart. We also have to rethink our societies, we have to seat and watch what is happening inside our societies too, why we do not care about the others and let this happen? If we would care, we would not be sending more guns and money to those conflicts, otherwise we would be sending official development assistance for the education and to improve their population lives. Are we not the ones defending the Human Rights? Why just defend it when we are affected? Why let people get killed with our guns and leaving those people without any hope for their lives? People that will be in a such suffering situation that would prefer to risk their life in a fragile boat and cross the Mediterranean Sea, than staying in their own home country.
We are the ones who elect our politicians, we are the ones who need to call them to reason, but it looks that what they want is more power, to govern not only their country but also to control others, and it looks that we are too much self-centred that we do not care about what is happening that far. We should all be ashamed because what I see is a hypocrite world, where we were supposed to be collaborating for a better world for all, but we are only able to collaborate for more war and for our self interests. We have to wake up, we have to wake up our leaders something very wrong is happening. We should not be like this after two World Wars. We should seat and discuss about cooperation with others, not the best way how to start a war.
Too many questions and just a few hard answers, even less solutions, our world is sick, yet is not dead. Lets hope that next year the new appointed UN Secretary General António Guterres can bring some reason to the UN table, so they can open their eyes and stop this stupid fight otherwise it is going be the end of our World as we know it. Until then, we can help people more than just sharing hashtags, we can look at examples such as The White Helmets in Syria, because even in the most terrify situation there are still people with hope in our World and we must stand together with them.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”
German Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)