Britain’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, mentioned today that “Military action against Syria may be the only remaining response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country”.
Military action? Only remaining response? How sure the Foreign Minister is!!!
No doubt, this quick-fix is “elegantly” supported by previous military atrocities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya! Hague seems impatient to add one more Middle-Eastern name to that list.
Of course, we all know that this is not Hague’s own idea. For that matter, it is not an original idea of his leader Cameron too. As always, these two are merely advertising the desires of US of A.
Please tell me, in which of the above mentioned countries was military action successful? Taliban is still not defeated in Afghanistan. Iraq is still burning, daily, in internal fights. And Libya? Just yesterday only Reuters blog reported that Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood is gaining influence amid country’s disarray.
What does all this show? A military action from US/UK warmongers does not resolve issues in any foreign country; they just increase the internal division in those very countries – and fan the fire of hatred in hearts and minds of locals against the Western countries.
Let us look in to the latest news from Syria. From available news, it appears that chemical weapons were used against civilians. [is the news true? Western media and politicians says so; few years ago they also “honestly” told us about Saddam Hussein’s “Weapons-of-Mass-Destructions”]
For time being, let us accept the use of chemical weapons. Still, certainty, if any, ends just there. Who used these weapons against civilians? Was it the Government, or the rebels? We do not know.
While rebels claim that Government was behind the attack, Assad’s Government insists rebels carried-out these attacks.
Whoever used it, bringing a third-party military on top of existing internal civil war is not going to defuse the situation. The ultimate sufferers will still be the civilians. US/UK/French military will surely pound the country, possibly bring down Assad, and hand-over the rule to a half-cooked amalgamation of anti-Assad political parties.
Then what? Repeat Iraq? Repeat Libya? Repeat Egypt?
External military intervention from Western countries is hardly a solution in Middle East. These internal fights have centuries of histories behind them. Neither NATO, nor any other Western power could grasp the underlying politics, and deep-rooted religion based divisions. A free-and-fair election could resolve it – even if it is a temporary solution. That is what the rest of the world – under the banner of UN, and not led by US/UK – could help Syria aspire to achieve.
Not another war.