Given that both sides have been accused of atrocities, including verification that President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons and that rebels have been accused of eating human flesh in public, it seems an insurmountable task to reach any reasonable resolution.
For months President Barack Obama has claimed a “red line” would be crossed if Assad chose to use chemical weapons. Last week the White House announced it had conclusive evidence that such weapons have been employed in the fighting.
Obama has stated the
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the West must not arm fighters who eat human flesh. Putin was referring to a rebel commander who was taped last month cutting into the body of a dead soldier and biting into one of his internal organs.
Said Putin, “One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, (and) eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras.”
According to a recent UN report, estimates are that nearly 1,200 children have been killed during the uprising. So horrible have the atrocities against children become that the U.N. has listed Assad’s regime as one of the worst offenders in its “list of shame” condemning countries where children are killed or abused.
As stated in the report, “children were used by soldiers and militia members as human shields, placing them in front of the windows of buses carrying military personnel into the raid on the village.”
Before the report was released, U.N. special representative for children in armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy said, “Rarely hive I seen such brutality against children as in Syria, where girls and boys are detained, tortured, executed and used as human shields.”
The report states that “Most children who are victims of torture described being beaten, blindfolded, subjected to stress positions, whipped with heavy electrical cables, scarred by cigarette burns and, in one recorded case, subjected to electrical shock to the genitals.”
Since an estimated 93,000 people have already died in the revolt, the
Following a meeting with Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the gap between
How that will be accomplished appears daunting given the differences among the parties.
Western allies believed Assad’s regime was near collapse just a few months ago, but Hezbollah stepped in to provide support to Syrian forces.
Hezbollah’s aid to Assad increases fears that violence could spread into
In the meantime, while children continue to be slaughtered in rivers of blood and tortured because of the insanity of war, the argument over who to blame continues.
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