Secrets and lies
It has been more of the same in Syria this week. There have been deaths on all sides, rebels and regime supporters, There has been killing by the hands of both sides, rebels and regime supporters. This week though events have taken Syria a step closer to all out war.
Early in the week TEK reported on video footage broadcast in the UK apparently showing rebels brutally killing pro regime militia. There was no verification but it was hard to cover up the shootings as they were so graphically captured on a mobile phone and uploaded to the Internet. There has been more killing by the regime, done in the name of stopping terrorism and more.
Finally yesterday August 2, 2012 UN special envoy for the Arab League in Syria Mr Kofi Annan resigned in frustration at his inability to make any inroads in the Syrian conflict.
The World was left wondering what now for Syria?, and today we are beginning to find out what the country's future could be.
It is no secret that Syria will never be an easy problem to solve. World leaders such as those in Russia, China, the US, The UK and beyond all have their own agendas. This means that all will view Syria in a different way.
Israel wants Assad and his regime ousted. That does not necessarily mean the majority of Syrian people do. After all it should be they who ultimately decide the future of their own country.
The West continues to say that it supports democracy and Assad as a non elected dictator should go. That may be true but it must surely be up to the people of Syria to decide. The West has chosen to ignore many similar regimes which are dictatorships. We do not interfere in Russia, China, Korea et al demanding democracy, do we?
We choose which middle eastern country to interfere in as far as democracy goes, don't we? Atrocities continue in Bahrain, for example, but remain off the mainstream media's radar for most of the time.
The Syrian civil war is hard to assess but the situation has worsened. The problem is that the Regime still attempts to ban media reporting from Syria. The rebels are made up of at least two hard line groups, at odds with each other.
The West is over confident about what it can do in Syria, following its apparent success in Libya. Syria is not Libya though. Many are starting to wonder just why the west appears to want a broken Middle East. A region which will be unstable.Is it all part of a master plan involving Iran?
The day after Mr Annan's resignation already western leaders are plotting. In the UK foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that the UK will step up its practical help for the Syrian rebels. Just when and why we begun to support rebels around the world is not clear. It will not be for the reasons given, such as to widen democracy, but rather for a hidden agenda.
Mr Hague has said that Britain is giving its support to the Syrian rebels but in truth he should have said, "The British Government is giving support" This blogger for one does not want more conflict in her name. Hague told media sources that he would make more announcements in the coming days and weeks. For now he has said that the UKs help will be "mainly advice and expertise, help with communications and capacity to plan."
Hague denied that there would be any "boots" on ground or weapons involved. However we have heard all of that before, in Libya for example. When such a person lies continually you tend to look at all such announcements with more than a touch of scepticism.
Hague went on to say that Great Britain will be asking other countries to tighten their sanctions on Syria. He also said that human rights abuses would be noted, no doubt for war crime trials at a future date. Will that include abuses by all sides?
Whilst we agree with Hague that the Syrian people were not happy with Assad by and large we are less believing of his other claims. According to Hague there has been no foreign intervention in Syria, period. Reports that some Libyan rebels had joined the Syrian rebels, that members of the American CIA and others were in Syria and that some in the West were manipulating the situation were simply not true, according to Hague. Mr Hague claims that is all a myth started by Assad.
To convince most people Mr Hague will have to prove that his words are true and we doubt he could do that, even if it were possible to try. In Libya we were told much the same but the truth was we were guiding and directing the rebels.
Today also the US Security Council will hold another vote on Syria. This time it will be to condemn its own Security Council for failing to end the unrest.
So what now for Syria. Tough sanctions which will hit the people as much as the regime and western interference in a civil war? That after all is what is happening. Will it go that step further though? Are we looking at the start of World War Three?
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Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog