A Safe Zone for Syrian Children

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib has finished his PhD in political science at Duisburg-Essen University. Prior to his PhD on power, religion and state in West Asia and North Africa with the focus on the case of Egypt since the 1950s, he studied politics and economics of the Middle East, European studies, journalism and linguistics at Marburg University, Fulda University, London School of Journalism and Tishreen University in Syria. He has been lecturing at different German universities since 2011 on issues related to ideology and the interplay of power thereof in socio-political life, and religion and its relationship to contemporary politics in the regions of West Asia and North Africa, especially Egypt and Syria. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) since 2014 and has published over 100 articles in different languages, academic and otherwise, in a wide spectrum of on-line and printed newspapers, journals and think tanks. His current research focuses on Islam-inspired political ideologies such as Islamist extremism and Salafism, radicalisation, de-radicalisation processes in Germany as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East.
Hakim Khatib
I24 news The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children.

© Image: I24 news

Please add your voice to the campaign on Avaaz.org to save the lives of innocent children in Syria. It is not OK that the regime drops chlorine bombs on innocent civilians. A NO FLY ZONE is plausible and necessary to save innocent children who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children. Their little bodies gasped for air on hospital stretchers as medics held back tears, and watched as they suffocated to death.

But today there is a chance to stop these barrel bomb murders with a targeted No Fly Zone.

The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering a safe zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support. That’s where we come in.

Let’s tell him we don’t want a world that just watches as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night. We want action.

This is not the first time Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people. But this attack comes just days after the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning the use of chlorine gas in Syria. The Council threatened further action in case of violation — that means now!

A safe zone, enforced by the US, Turkey, UK, France and other governments, is a modest step that can de-escalate the conflict and help stop the slaughter of civilians. It would not drag the west into a ground war. Experts say the Syrian military won’t be able to successfully challenge a No Fly Zone.

As long as Assad has control over the airspace, he will think he can win this brutal war by bombing communities into submission. But if we support the No Fly Zone, it can stop now — let’s show Obama we want him to protect civilians.

The numbers are numbing — over 210,000 killed, 50% of the population driven from their homes, 36% of hospitals destroyed, and almost 4,000 schools smashed. Our community has rallied for years to support Syrians struggling for survival.

Please add your voice here.


Further sources on the topic:

Fresh allegations of chlorine gas attacks in Syria (The Guardian)

Syria escalates barrel bomb attacks as world attention shifts (Yahoo News)

Will U.S. and Turkey Create a Syria No-Fly Zone? (Bloomberg View)

Syria: Barrage of Barrel Bombs (Human Rights Watch)

Syria: The Policy Cul-De-Sac (Atlantic Council)


 

 

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