“What is needed today in Syria more than ever, is a de-escalation of violence and a push towards real politics and a serious process to end to conflict”
Rajoli Siddharth Writes: Even during the inception of the Syrian conflict the only country which time and again proposed a UN sponsored ‘safe zones’ for the people in Syria was Turkey. It’s due to the Turkish occupation of Northern Syria. But as of today Turkey’s proposal was finally heard and a memorandum was signed between Russian Federation, Turkey and Iran to provide safe zones in the Syrian Arab republic. The situation in the Syria as well as the most of middle-east has intensified to an extent that there cannot be pacific mean of solving disputes. Power politics and the imperialistic hegemonies such as the United States have shown discomfort and rejected it. It is saddening to observe that even after half a decade of fighting, even after the crisis de-escalated, the United States launched 59 Tom Hawk cruise missiles inside a Syrian controlled airbase. Russian Federation could have used its S-400 anti ballistic missiles, but they didn’t because these so called powers wanted to escalate the crisis. When finally a solution for peace has arrived, USA or the rebels for that matter are against it. It repeats the 2003 Iraq war all over again.
The United Nations has asked for more details from Turkey about these safe zones. There is a red tape due to which Syrian’s are still succumbing to terror.
The major reason why these groups have rejected the proposals is due to Iran being the guarantor state. Now that Iran is supporting peace processes in the middle-east it is imperative that pacifist member countries in the UN general Assembly and the Security Council use coercive lobbying to convince both rebels and the United States of America to accept these safe zones in the north Aleppo Border pocket. There is an old saying which states “War will be endless because peace isn’t profitable”.
It’s been a long war and Syrians need Syria. These safe zones can be a new haven for the refugees and the Syrians as no aircrafts would pass through the region. These safe zones will be monitored and the ones in desperate need will be administered. Many authors such as Jason Burke or Susan B Garthwaite had similar descriptions of Syria as the great authors of the 16th and the 17th century had about Damascus. The geo-politics and the socio-economic conditions in Syria have affected the Syrians for decades. The mass influx of Syrian refugees in Europe is draining their economies.
It is high time that the Pentagon, Kremlin and their respective partner come together and eliminate terror and introduces a modern ‘Marshall plan’ which would rebuild the economies of the failed states similar as which took place in world war two.
Unlike Iraq or Libyan wars, the crises in Syria emerged since the inception of the 21st century. Therefore Syria must be the prime concern of the United Nations and Syria must be rebuilt through peace and not through wasting $114,000 on Tomahawk missile the same can be used for rebuilding lives.