By Brian Donnellon
In a time where children are being pulled from Syrian rubble nearly, if not every day, and cities once on the rise to stability have been reduced to rubble by airstrikes from multiple nations to stop the rise of the Islamic state, the ‘real battle’ is being fought between countries’ leaders that do not see eye to eye but apparently all want the same end goal.
A few numbers first to bring people up to date with the situation. 4.8 million refugees have left Syria since the start of the war in 2011. Of that reported 4.8 million refugees to leave, over four million are residing in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, countries which have their own problems, and the strain is only getting worse. The only acceptance to western world countries aiming to help the real people in need are Germany which has allowed 278,000 refugees in and Sweden with 106,000. In comparison, the USA has accepted just 2,000 and strong states like Australia, mere hundreds. Russia, a country heavily involved in the fight against the Islamic state has accepted none. An alleged 75,000 (more than the entire population of Galway city) Syrians have fled into the desert near the Lebanon and Turkey borders and are currently without residence as the borders are closed to them and they have no homes to return to as they are either under Islamic rule or have been bombed by the “allies”.
The response from the French government after the multiple attacks around their country was heavy and inflicted without remorse. This opened the door for the Russians to increase their bombings in Syria which caused a divide in the approach to dealing with the threat. But does the United Nations have the power and backbone to put pressure on a very hostile ally to take a step back and to think of the average person in Syria? They failed to stop the attacks that are ongoing in the west of Ukraine and Russia have faced no sanctions so to think this situation will be different is not viable. The Syrian people need the most help yet they receive very little support from either side.