Syrian violence intensifies after non-binding resolution passed by UN

According to BBC news, the violence intensified a day after the UN General Assembly called for an end to the violence in Syria. The non-binding resolution, which was passed yesterday, condemns the conflict in Syria. The resolution calls for an end to the violence, for al-Assad to step down and hand power over to his deputy. His deputy then has two months to form a national unity government.

One-hundred-thirty-seven member states voted for the motion. Twelve states, including Russia and China, voted against it. And seventeen abstained.

However, violence has not ceased. In fact, it intensified after the resolution passed.

The reason for the intensifying violence: Syria’s military will not listen to an outside non-binding resolution. At this point, with the resolution that failed two weeks ago, al-Assad’s army is only going to listen to force.

A non-binding resolution has little teeth in stopping this violence unless the UN is actually willing to send troops and somehow force the army to stop its attacks.

This resolution could have worked a few weeks ago when the violence was somewhat subdued (compared to now) and when al-Assad’s army was not reassured that violence was OK (which is what China and Russia’s veto of the resolution two weeks ago did).

Now, a non-binding resolution will do nothing. It will not stop this army or the violence. It is a nice attempt at peaceful negotiations, but Syria is an independent country facing turmoil and on the brink of self destruction.

Force will be the only way to stop this violence. Now, I definitely do not advocate giving civilians weapons in order to fight the army, but I do suggest that the UN go in on the ground and aid the civilians before it is way too late.

To read more here is an article from The Open Globe.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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