As waves of revulsion sweeps the world following the brutal massacre of 108 people in the Syrian town of Houla, what remains objectionable is the horrifying silence of the international community on the massive carnage.
Among the more than 100 dead there are 49 young bodies – bodies of little children. More than 300 people were wounded in the bloodletting campaign of Asad-led-regime backed by armed forces that attacked the Sunni populated village near the troubled city of Homs.
Images of bloodied and lifeless young bodies laid carefully side by side, on one hand triggered waves of shock and disgust for people all over the world, on the other, underlined the failure of a six-week-old ceasefire plan that was put forward by the United Nations. From Arab states to UN – all states have strongly condemned the atrocities which involve the use of heavy weapons and machinery against the weaponless, civilian population.
But is their condemnation enough to soothe the situation? Because Damascus is all set to get away with it, like always. Syria's ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja'afari has termed allegations from Security Council members as a ‘tsunami of lies’. The government official reiterated his government’s denial by saying that the massacre was committed by ‘armed terrorist groups’.
For some months, the Assad regime has been doing to his people what others like Gaddafi merely threatened to do before UN and NATO took a rather destructive charge of affairs.
But then why such different approach towards handling and resolving the 14-month old Syrian unrest? There remains no doubt in acknowledging that peace prospects initially proposed and implemented by UN have failed to cope up with the increasingly deteriorating situation in Syria. Moreover, Kofi Annan’s upcoming visit to Syria is not anticipated to deliver any positive results either. However, what remains shocking is the silence of other major regional as well as external players on the issue.
US and other European states have condemned and are yet again condemning the violations of human rights taking place in Syria, but what more do they have to offer other than their verbal condemnations? Absolutely nothing.
Except Russia and China, all members of The Security Council have already agreed on taking tougher actions against the Assad regime. Washington is now trying to maneuver the situation to win Moscow’s support to dislodge Assad’s regime. So why is Russia siding with the atrocious regime in the first place? Two major reasons; Syria is the home to the Russian’s navy only warm-water port outside the former Soviet Union and two, Syria is currently a major purchaser of Russian weapons. Why would Russia shelve down such mouth watering arms deals for the sake of a few thousand people?
Another important player that needs to be mentioned here is NATO. The non-state actor was very proactive to enter Libya to liberate its people from Dictator Qaddafi, but when recently NATO heavies gathered in Chicago last week; Syria was not even on their agenda. The indifference shown implies that NATO is not moving in, no matter what the situation.
The gravity of Syrian crisis has further enhanced because of the silence regional players have shown even after the usage of such oppressive measures. Had these atrocities been committed by Israel in any city of Palestine and Lebanon, Hezbollah would have rocked Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with its breed of suicide bombers. But why is the militia silent on the brutalities in Syria?
We know that the leader of Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah has repeatedly announced his support for the Assad regime, but the kind of repression currently ongoing in Syria involving the massacre of women and children cannot be supported under any condition. But maybe the leader does require a green signal from the religious clerics of Iran before sending its militants to Syria.
The apathy shown on the Syrian conflict by the international community does clarify a few things. First, whenever the West says that they understand the pain of Syrian people, it is nothing but an incredible insult to Syrians. Secondly, the current situation of the country if not addressed immediately will push the state into the pits of disastrous sectarian clashes. Whatever happens, only time can tell, but the apathy shown by the international community is heartbreaking.