While the United States is busy over debating whether to send ground troops to Syria or not, Sweden and Britain have come up with a much better way to deal with the Syrian civil conflict; they have decided to help the civilians and refugees.
According to United Nations, “More than 2 million refugees have now fled Syria's civil war, piling pressure on neighbouring host countries.” It says that on an average, more than 50,000 leave Syria to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon.
And life for most of these displaced people is worse than death. In March, news emerged that desperate and homeless Syrian women in a Jordanian refugee camp were being forced into prostitution in order to earn a living for their families. Helpless children are being used as human shields by militants according to report released by UK-based charity ‘Save The Children.’ One news story recently revealed that some Syrian families are living in abattoirs in Lebanon. For more information, watch the video link below:
Despite all these facts and knowing the situation will only get worse if military force is used, Obama thinks the “only” way to help Syrians is to bomb them. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a majority of Americans do not want their government to engage in another conflict after Iraq and Afghanistan. Is Obama listening?
Thankfully, Sweden has come up with a far better approach towards the conflict. On Tuesday, the Swedish government announced that “it would be the first country in Europe to offer permanent residency to all refugees from Syria.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said, “Sweden doesn’t want a military attack, simply because I don’t believe that is the solution to the conflict.”
And his British counterpart, David Cameron, is of the same opinion after a series of protests and parliament consensus over not militarily intervening in Syria. He declared that UK will ‘lead the world' on humanitarian aid for civilians and refugees.
Indeed this is a positive development. After months of grave news of death and destruction, Sweden and Britain have offered hope to the people of Syria who are constantly living under the threat of a proxy war. Obama can definitely learn something from Cameron and Reinfeldt. Don’t you think?
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