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THE CURIOUS CASE OF HOMS.
Sometimes I’m left wondering what kind of atrocities have to take place before people begin to proactively react to the situation in Syria.
Kofi Annan, the special envoy from the UN and Arab league, appointed a 6-point peace plan that said everything that needed to be said. It was a bunch of magic phrases that held the key to the conflict in Syria except that there was one problem: there was no way in hell it would ever work.
Perhaps what’s most frightening about the entire situation is the fact that this peace plan has been considered the most serious international attempt to resolve the conflict in Syria. Many were willing to look past the fact that it took the Syrian government 4 extra days to agree to cease fire, but the public has essentially accepted the fact that the peace plan was a complete disaster.
Now to bring this all back to Homs. The UN has placed cease-fire monitors in Homs, a city in Syria, where they have reported that the military is using helicopter gunships, machine guns, and artillery shelling. The State Department actually released a statement that referenced accounts from both UN monitors and anti-government protesters that suggested the possibility that yet another massacre was looming. 
We have not one but two credible sources telling us that it is quite likely that the fifth massacre in less than three weeks will take place in the city of Homs. And yet the American government (and the world, for that matter) is going to sit on its pedestal as even more innocent Syrians are killed. Big surprise. 
Here’s the worst part. Victoria Nuland of the State Department went so far as to release a statement saying,   “We remind Syrian commanders of one of the lessons from Bosnia: The international community can and does learn what units were responsible for crimes against humanity, and you will be held responsible for your actions.” 
If we wanted to “intimidate” (for lack of a better word) Syria, this certainly is not the right path. Telling a regime of ruthless tyrants that “we know you’re killing people but we’re not going to go out of our way to help but we’ll pretend like we are” is not the way to solve this conflict. 

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF HOMS.

Sometimes I’m left wondering what kind of atrocities have to take place before people begin to proactively react to the situation in Syria.

Kofi Annan, the special envoy from the UN and Arab league, appointed a 6-point peace plan that said everything that needed to be said. It was a bunch of magic phrases that held the key to the conflict in Syria except that there was one problem: there was no way in hell it would ever work.

Perhaps what’s most frightening about the entire situation is the fact that this peace plan has been considered the most serious international attempt to resolve the conflict in Syria. Many were willing to look past the fact that it took the Syrian government 4 extra days to agree to cease fire, but the public has essentially accepted the fact that the peace plan was a complete disaster.

Now to bring this all back to Homs. The UN has placed cease-fire monitors in Homs, a city in Syria, where they have reported that the military is using helicopter gunships, machine guns, and artillery shelling. The State Department actually released a statement that referenced accounts from both UN monitors and anti-government protesters that suggested the possibility that yet another massacre was looming. 


We have not one but two credible sources telling us that it is quite likely that the fifth massacre in less than three weeks will take place in the city of Homs. And yet the American government (and the world, for that matter) is going to sit on its pedestal as even more innocent Syrians are killed. Big surprise. 

Here’s the worst part. Victoria Nuland of the State Department went so far as to release a statement saying,   “We remind Syrian commanders of one of the lessons from Bosnia: The international community can and does learn what units were responsible for crimes against humanity, and you will be held responsible for your actions.” 

If we wanted to “intimidate” (for lack of a better word) Syria, this certainly is not the right path. Telling a regime of ruthless tyrants that “we know you’re killing people but we’re not going to go out of our way to help but we’ll pretend like we are” is not the way to solve this conflict. 

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