The Death of Syria

130,000 Syrians have died in the present civil war in Syria. Over 1 million people have been forced to leave their homes and businesses and are now refugees in neighbouring countries. I do not think that anyone has counted the numbers of those maimed and injured in the conflict.

It is right and proper that nations who are not involved in the conflict come to the aid of those who have suffered as a result of the Civil War. Jordan has taken in so many refugees, Lebanon in has taken in more than those other countries that neighbour Syria or are close by have taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees. Altogether more than 2.4 million people have become refugees from Syria.

Germany plans to take in 11,000 refugees from Syria but the United Kingdom and France plan to take in a few hundred each. The United Kingdom boasts that it is the second largest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid in the world. It would be interesting to know what it means by “bilateral”. Generally in the context of humanitarian aid it means aid with strings attached; there is nothing better than helping yourself while helping others.

For more than 50 years before the Civil War in Syria, Syria was the nation much hated by the Western democracies. One American president referred Syria as part of “the axis of evil” many countries rightly or wrongly believed that Syria as a nation sponsored state terrorism.

Politicians cling to their beliefs whether they are right or wrong on whether circumstances have changed and I have no doubt that the present civil war was encouraged and financed not only by some of the neighbouring countries but also by the Western democracies and thought they would benefit from a change of regime in Syria.

Old beliefs die hard and die very slowly. The nations of the world, in their anxiety to change the political regime that caused death and destruction counted in thousands have set off a chain of events that has caused much greater destruction. From the point of view of the Western democracies the Syrian came down upon them like the Wolf on the fold, and met with the sure and certain death as a punishment.

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,

And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;

And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,

And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

But the view of the Western democracies about Syria and its regime was wrong and the fate of the Syrian people was not the silence death brought about by an angel but violent noisy complex deaths brought about by hatred and ambition. A nation is being killed.

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