The United States and European allies have in the last week launched air strikes targeting Syrian research, storage, and military targets. These strikes came as a response to speculation that President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons to attack a town near Damascus, killing 40 people.
Britain and France worked jointly with the United States to orchestrate air strikes that cost the country an estimated 250 million dollars. The justification being a response to persistent violations of International Law.
In light of the allegation that President Bashar, may have used chemical weapons to attack citizens, was the response by the United States, Britain, and France justified? More so did it bring to an end the Syrian refugee crisis? Did the air strikes attain or diminish the possibility of there being a chemical attack in the future?
The obvious answer to these questions is NO!!!! So why spend a fortune from tax-payers money in an endeavor that is senseless and inhumane. While we can understand the need for these countries to be their brother’s keeper, their actions do not translate to improving or ending the current Syrian crisis but make the situation more volatile.
Russian President Putin is on record, asking the United Nations to intervene in the crisis, he was categorical in asking the United Nations to investigate the use of chemical weapons before any attack could be launched. However, the United Nations being the puppet it is, could not dare to speak against the planned attacks on Syria.
The Humane and sensible options on how to handle the crisis were ignored, at the expense of plunging Syria into further crisis and lawlessness. The $250 million spent on air strikes would definitely be put to better use, such as helping the refugees to rebuild their lives, open medical camps to treat refugees, set up schools for the Syrian citizens and help the country back on its feet.
However, when this noble suggestion is put to the United States, Britain and France the obvious response would be, ‘we don’t have that sort of money?’ So why spend the money to destroy than to build. Given this facts, it is clear that the attack by the United States, Britain, and France was not done in good faith.
The sad reality is the Syrian people will continue to live in abject poverty and lawlessness because their big brothers choose to watch the country burn to ruins.