The U.S.-Russia Resolution on Syria Should Not Hinder Justice
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 16:10
The US-Russia Resolution on Syria Should Not Hinder Justice
Conflict in Syria must remain a pivotal concern among the international community, even though the Assad Regime has agreed to hand over its chemical weapons. Still, so many questions remain unanswered about the responsible parties who actually used these horrific weapons that resulted in “numerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children” according to the UN report on alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.
I’m not arguing the significant proposition made by the U.S. and Russian governments to destroy Assad regime’s chemical weapons arsenal is not effective. I’m arguing this proposition can overshadow the true face of the horrific crimes and those who committed them.
Unsatisfactorily, the United Nations did not come to a conclusion of finding those who were responsible for using chemical weapons. The situation in Syria is very complicated and indeed there should be difficulties for the UN officials to make a judgment even though different governments and diplomats throughout the world have come to various conclusions on the issue. Nevertheless, UN representatives have unanimously agreed to the deal of destroying the chemical weapons in Syria, but guess who is the star among all these decision making? Indeed, Bashar al-Assad.
After the resolution was proposed (disappointingly) President Assad, like a reserved, veteran politician, appears in various media channels, as he is the sole spokesperson for Syria. The Free Syrian Army, whether used chemical weapons or not, does not get attention like Assad. Assad looks as he is making a great endeavor to get rid of these vicious weapons even though in reality he must have been afraid of a military attack from the west. But ironically the proposed agreement by the US and Russian governments give him an unnecessary publicity and authority.
I do not want to make the mistake of calling Assad as the cause of all these tensions that come with the Syrian chemical weapons deal. But most importantly, the international community should not forget that chemical weapons are not the only weapons that the Assad regime or the opposing rebels posses. Clever diplomacy by the U.S. and Russian governments have created an opportunity to take away and destroy the chemical weapons the Syrian government has, but I highly doubt this endeavor will end the harm done to Syrian people by other weapons and other forms of violence.
My final point is the ones who committed these atrocities, whether it was Assad Regime, or the Rebels or the both parties, should not get the opportunity to hide under the umbrella of diplomatic talks or the popular notion of destroying chemical weapons. While destroying the chemical weapons, the rest of the world should address the humanitarian crisis in Syria by monitoring any form of violence done to civilians in Syria and continuously trying to bring those who have committed these crimes to justice.
Samantha is a senior majoring in journalism.