What’s the point of the international order that the United States in particular has played a crucial role in establishing, as flawed as it is, if conflicts like the one raging in Syria are neglected? What’s the point of working hard to come up with the legal notion of “Responsibility to Protect” if it is to be ignored when the challenge ahead is actually serious? Even if the dissolution of Syria followed by a regional meltdown had little impact on U.S. strategic interests, and that’s a rather big IF, the real spillover effect that we all should fear is the breakdown of the existing international order with no alternative in sight but chaos. It might take the world years before we get to this point, but we will get there eventually and the starting point will be the way the conflict in Syria was ignored and mismanaged. Why Syria and not Congo? The ongoing real time documentation of major developments over the last two years, the inherent racism in the current order which still ascribes more psychological and political relevance to developments closer to the West, and the timing of this development in Syria which coincides with a series of economic, social and political upheavals in different parts of the world, will combined in due course of time to give developments in Syria that weight. This has the potential of becoming the hair that broke the camel’s back.
* “Pre-emptive development” is an interesting concept indeed, and one that the United States and European Union seems to be dabbling with at this stage in connection to developments in Syria, but the problem here is that the impact of such preemption will remain negligible so long as scuds and bombs keep raining down on people in liberated areas. Bear in mind what’s happening to Raqqah City at this stage: over 30 aerial raids have been undertaken and two scuds hit neighboring communities in the 24 hours following its liberation. What possible developmental activity can take place in these conditions? We don’t just anything to be done, we need the right thing to be done. If there no will to do that, than doing nothing might be preferable.
A missile attack on Jobar Neighborhood, Damascus City http://youtu.be/XcjVJ-U_E7k The neighborhood of Tadamon was also pounded http://youtu.be/uujd1cr-UgY
In the town of Daraya, Damascus Suburbs, a local factory burns to the ground on account of the constant shelling by pro-regime militias http://youtu.be/Os0eH0r6sVQ
A Scud launched from the Qalamoun region in Damascus Suburbs takes course towards Raqqa Province passing over the town of Yabroud http://youtu.be/nigMFRm6OZI
The pounding of the town of Rabeeah in North Latakia by pro-regime militias http://youtu.be/ApWf7cs8P30
Rebels in Aleppo keep up their pounding of the Kuweiris Military Airport using home-made rockets http://youtu.be/oCznimD_ReA , http://youtu.be/QCTHLx0zneg , http://youtu.be/fowb2w6V0mQ , http://youtu.be/WqXti-T4Qdc
Clashes in Daraa continue http://youtu.be/4sFkjg48hCg , http://youtu.be/YMJP-fTyErA , http://youtu.be/Mfn3SK2EFhQ
Raqqa City: Over 30 air raids in less than 24 hours following the city’s liberation took their toll http://youtu.be/iCNT4SF4e3c , http://youtu.be/xvg8S8SPyw0 , http://youtu.be/oIuoCjqxtXk , http://youtu.be/raXjbd8a0Mc
Turkmen protest the elections in Gaziantep for a council in Aleppo Province, claiming they are being marginalized http://youtu.be/j26Ow23GcrU
The town of Jamla near the border with Israel continues to witness heavy clashes between rebels and loyalist militias http://youtu.be/bgvlHSGUL9s It’s a group affiliated with the rebels in Jamla that is currently holding the UN observers
The battle for control of rebel strongholds in Homs city continues http://youtu.be/9Jkyc8E3vvY , http://youtu.be/EaVyZ0KHGNQ , http://youtu.be/uKLGQJm4lwM , http://youtu.be/DrfCv8966u4 , http://youtu.be/yrEkU2pbziM