Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Dirty Tricks of Save the Children

25 September 2012: In my usual daily routine, I open all the major news websites in the world upon my getting to work. I also listen to world news on the radio on my way to work. I have now been accustomed to that. Today, I was greeted with the headline Syria child trauma 'appalling' - Save the Children in one news website. The Syrian crisis has gone for over a year now. Anti-government protests erupted in the southern city of Deraa in mid-March 2011 which ignited countrywide protests and have been going on to date. There have been repeated calls for the Syrian President Bashaar Al Assad to step down. Nowhere have these calls been so fervent than from the Western nations. The protests in Syria were part of the Middle East and the Arab Spring uprisings last year. The protests saw the deposition of leaders such as Muammar Gadhafi of Libya, Tunisia’s leader Ben Ali, President Hosni Mubarak, the Western puppet, and Yemeni longtime leader Abdullah Saleh. Attempts to see off Mr. Assad have been thwarted partly due to the divided ‘opposition’ the likes of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and the Syrian National Council (SNC) which is the equivalent of the then opposition council, the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya. As part of the move to end the escalating crisis in the country, the Arab League appointed Kofi Annan as a peace envoy to mediate the crisis. He failed miserably and decided to throw in the towel. Kofi Annan with his six-plan peace strategy failed due to undoubtedly western interference and western incessant desire for regime change and backing rebels. Long time Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan. Brahimi has also started on a bad footing. In his first interview, he admitted that his work will be challenging. In yet another move of western interference, Mr. Brahimi says that the government of President Bashar al-Assad was "not serious about making reforms". He was speaking the UN Security Council.

I would like to draw your attention to the striking headline: Syria Child trauma “appalling” as documented by a report by Save the Children.  It says almost every child it spoke to has seen a family member killed. The report gives testimonies collected from refugees in camps outside Syria. The report reveals that children are been killed, maimed and tortured in the country's brutal civil war. The report further indicates that children have also witnessed the deaths of parents, siblings, other children, and torture. I don’t totally discount these finds nor do I totally agree with them either. Of great concern is the motive of such a report. It is not new to the cycles of a humanitarian disaster to witness the horrendous and harrowing sights of children suffering from the traumas of wars and its effects. The children of Iraq and Afghanistan long for such reports. This British Charity firm may have clear and humanitarian intentions, but their intention is no doubt driven by the Western agenda of regime change. Brahimi has a lot to do. He must do a great balancing act to solve the crisis in Syria. Western International NGOs and Western pressures will be enomous. His task now is to balance it out. It is not going to be easy. 

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