Death toll in Syria – 8,000

Along with a cousin, a daughter mourns her father, who was tortured to death by regime militias ib al-Qsair, near the city of Homs, Feb. 14, 2012   By Shadi Hamid Time March 12, 2012

The Syrian uprising began nearly a year ago, and despite renewed international efforts, the regime has intensified the killing. The death toll–approaching 8,000–is now five times what it was in Libya on the eve of the NATO intervention there. These are “crimes against humanity,” a U.N. panel concluded recently.

Those of us who supported military action in Libya hoped that it might set a precedent, so that the next time, the U.S. and Europe would act…

Intervention and diplomatic efforts need not be mutually exclusive. They should proceed in parallel.

Time magazine sandwiches its 2-page article about Syria with 2 full page photos.  The picture of young children crying over dad’s dead body and the pic of corpses laid out in a row in a morgue.  So we see, they are not just numbers.

People are being slaughtered by a ruthless regime.  To intervene or not to intervene?  The question is the cost which can be high.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  John: 15:13

God can lay down his life but can we humans do that for other people?  People we don’t know, never met and thus don’t feel any affiliation not to mention love?  We have a smart and compassionate president.  I hope we do something, to save lives there while minimizing the cost.

The picture of corpses lying on the ground overlaps in my head with the many black and white pictures taken during Korean War showing corpses of civilians.  What if the 16 nations did not intervene in Korea?  Then, I may not exist today.  I may be a citizen of North Korea which may not be a better prospect than being dead.

It’s not “I see dead people.”  It’s “I see people dead.”


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