When Life Means Nothing…..

June 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm 6 comments

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We have all been reading about recent events in Syria. The UN has condemned the Syrian government for the Houla massacre, the Syrian government blames ‘rebel forces’.

There are many definitions of Government. Oxford Dictionaries online gave me a concise definition – ‘the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office’.  I also checked Wikipedia to see a list of types of government. They gave me this list, I will let you study definitions in your own time.

Adhocracy, Authoritarian, Anarchism, Band Society , Chiefdom , Constitutional monarchy , Constitutional republic, Democracy, Geniocracy, Kratocracy, Kritocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Nomocracy, Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Republic, Stratocracy, Technocracy, Theocracy, Timocracy, Totalitarian.

On another site the Syrian government is defined thus – ‘Republic, under authoritarian military-dominated Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party regimes since March 1963’. I think that speaks multitudes……

What is missing from Syria is a duty of care for the people of Syria. Yes, a simplistic opinion from me but if any country is to have a government then top of its ‘action’ list should be a duty of care. This is missing from many governments but it is taken to extremis in Syria.

The question that reverberates round my head – ‘How can anyone do this to their people, those men, women and children’. When you read the reports and hear how people were attached with swords and knives. How can one person look at a child and do that?

Do we remember Rwanda or have we allowed that to dim in our collective consciousness? We all talked at the time about the horror, the atrocity. We condemned and felt good because we condemned. And here we are again; another country, another set of atrocities. Sometimes I despair.

I checked the UN website this morning. They have a link to areas ‘In Focus’ and include Syria as top of their list. The statement found at the Syria link states:-

UN responds to crisis in Syria. The UN is leading efforts to:

– end the violence

– stop human rights violations

– secure humanitarian access

– facilitate a Syrian-led political transition to a democratic political system.

I am glad that they are stating this but want to see them work swiftly. I know the world of diplomacy is a (viper’s?) nest of meetings, compromise and back-channel discussion. I get that there are those whose stance will be a complete denial of the Syrian government’s actions in solidarity for the regime. I understand the UN has a fine line to tread; that is why they so often get criticised by all sides for too little/too much action.

Time is critical here – it only took 100 days for half a million people to be slaughtered in Rwanda. Do we want to see this again? I think not. Any time wasted in putting severe pressure on Syria means more people are wounded or killed. Some who read this will shout ‘Invade!’. I believe in diplomacy, in discussion, as the long-lasting solution but have sympathy for this view. I do not join in the shouting but it does whisper in my mind. However, how many more lives could be lost if this was done too quickly and those who are responsible for the atrocities try to cover their tracks by initiating more?

Today,  I ask the UN one question – how quickly can you fix this? If you aren’t quick enough then what are the repercussions for the civilians of Syria. What are your options and how swiftly will you move?

My last thoughts are for those who carry out these acts. I am not a vengeful person but I hope the faces of those you have killed haunt you. I hope you see them every time you close your eyes. When you take your last breath on this earth I hope that guilt and regret for your actions will be the last thought in your mind. I do not care what justification you give yourself today, you know there is no justification for this. You do not care for the life of others, I wonder what will happen when you are the one whose life means so little. How will you save yourself then?

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Thank you for reading.


PS – Yes, I did send this post to the UN and will come back with any comments received….

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. peteconnolly  |  June 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Lesley

    Great blog, well written and spot on the money. The recent news from Syria, and especially the massacre in Houla, is so, so upsetting that it’s hard to comprehend how people could possibly do those things. I’ve signed up to donate £12.50 a month to the Red Cross/Red Crescent to try to make a little difference. I hope it does, and it hope it goes to the right places. I want _MY_ few pounds to feed and protect children but I don’t have that option. It’s going to a good, neutral organisation that just aim to help people and to be honest, that’s good enough for me.



    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Pete,

      Thank you so much for writing to me. The atrocities in Houla are that upsetting. I didn’t write some of the details as I leave that to the reporters and reading them was so hard that I wanted to focus on where we go now.

      Thank you do much for telling me about your donation. I will be updating the blogtotals tomorrow and will be happy to add six months of your donations to the totals.

      Take care and thank you again.

      Lesley xx

  • 3. Adrian  |  June 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    As always a thoughtful, topical and insightful post that tackles a difficult subject head-on. Thank you for writing it.

    Can’t remember if I told you I subscribed £10 monthly to the Red Cross recently. Not specifically for children,l I know, but maybe relevant anyway.

    Best wishes


    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm


      What a wonderful donation to make. I am happy to add the Red Cross to the blogroll and will update in the next few days. The Red Cross help all ages and races and I am delighted that you wrote to me.

      Thank you and take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 5. ladymaryan  |  June 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Dear Lesley,

    my expectations for today were a blog post about the diamond jubilee of the Queen.

    I am glad that you thought of the ongoing crimes in Syria and what a great blog entry this is. It was right to be reminded of the atrocities in Rwanda. I hope this will not be repeated in Syria and that the UN can act quickly, but as long as countries like Russia block all decisions, this is going to be very difficult.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Claudia x

    • 6. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Claudia,

      This was a difficult post for me to do, I have been thinking about it for quite a few days. I am happy that the Queen will have a wonderful Jubilee and I wish her many more years to reign.

      However, I think that Syria should be at the forefront of our minds. I cannot, as one person, make a difference but I am hoping that many people might. I sent the UN this post as I don’t think I am alone in asking these questions. We should never forget the wonderful things that people can do but it is equally important that we remember the bad so that we can learn. I just wish we were quicker at learning.

      Thank you for reading.

      Lesley x


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