Today’s headline in The Washington Post by Melissa Eddy and Chris Cottrell is that “Rights Group assails inaction on Syria.” Why would the world standby while the Syrian president has committed crimes against humanity and his nation is in a state of civil war? For one thing, the "world" is divided about what to do.
Here is a list:
1. There really cannot be “negotiation” with Assad, only criminal prosecution and elimination from power.
2. The free world nations lack unanimity in how to deal with him.
3. The Arab world has conflicted interests in how to deal with him and Syria.
4. The rebels are not aligned, and themselves are in conflict.
5. The rebels include radicalized Islamists, al Qaeda and related organizations.
(See the annotated list for more details)
Without a viable alternative to the Assad government, and with the Russians and Chinese still supporting the status quo, the situation is at a stalemate. Innocent civilians are killed as they are trapped in a war in which their future depends upon an outcome over which they have no control.
That scenario portends the future of the Middle East until or unless an alternative political organization that is aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emerges from the intellectuals that reside inside and outside the Middle East. It is time for those who have fled to go home to address the needs of their homelands.
“Rights Group Assails Inaction on Syria
By MELISSA EDDY and CHRIS COTTRELL JAN. 21, 2014
BERLIN — Human Rights Watch on Tuesday deplored what it called the failure of international powers to intervene in Syria, saying the desire to bring President Bashar al-Assad’s government to the negotiating table should not become a pretext for failing to protect civilians caught up in the almost three-year civil war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives.
The criticism, in an annual accounting of human rights records around the world, came a day before international negotiations, known as Geneva II, are to begin in Switzerland, first in the city of Montreux and then moving to Geneva. Separately, a team of legal and forensic experts commissioned by the government of Qatar said on Monday that thousands of photographs showing scarred, emaciated corpses offered “direct evidence” of mass torture by Syrian government forces.
Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, which has its headquarters in New York, said the images were consistent with what his organization had seen when it visited detention centers in Syria. The photographs, provided to the Syrian opposition by a man who described himself as a defector from the security forces of President Assad, highlight the importance of opening up Syrian detention facilities to international inspection, he said.”