Syria's most vulnerable

Bloody civil war cries out for united, international action

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The looks on their faces will tear your heart out.

Syria’s children are being abducted, jailed and tortured under the monstrous regime of President Bashar al-Assad, in an 18-month civil war that is ripping his country apart.

To coincide with Tuesday’s start of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, a report by the British charity Save the Children paints a horrifying picture of Syria’s most vulnerable.

Thousands of children have been killed. Untold thousands more have been traumatized.

The name of the report is “Untold Atrocities.” Today, they’re being told – in the words of innocent children brutalized by war.

“They used different ways to kill people – electric shocks, throwing machinery and cement blocks on people’s heads,” said Mohamad, 15.

“Once, when I was in the shelter, I was so scared I had a fit,” said Amani, 13. “My sister told me it was a nervous breakdown.”

“In my sleep, my friends tell me that I shout for my mother and sometimes scream, ‘Leave me alone! Leave me alone!’ ” said 17-year-old Farah.

“This 6-year-old boy was tortured more than anyone else in that room,” said 16-year-old Wael, recalling a child who had been starved and beaten regularly for three days before he died. “They treated his body as though he was a dog.”

Of all the face-to-face interviews conducted by Save the Children staff, nearly every child reported seeing one of their relatives killed.

Incredibly, Syria is not officially on the United Nations’ agenda this time around. Why on Earth not? It’s arguably the deadliest armed conflict boiling over in the world today. And there’s no way that such an elephant in the room will escape being the topic of heated U.N. conversation on every diplomatic tier.

The United Nations has posted a miserable record so far against the carnage in Syria. With Russia and China standing in the way of any meaningful action against the blood-soaked Assad regime, the U.N.’s credibility has shrunk to a size that’s measurable only with the aid of an electron microscope.

It’s more crucial now than ever for the world to stand with Syria, and against the savagery that Assad is unleashing on his own people. Every peace-loving nation on the planet should band together to grab the United Nations by the lapels and shake it into real action.

“The children in Syria need help,” said 14-year-old Hassan in the Save the Children report. “They need help because they are being tortured, shelled, shot at. They take children and put them in front of them. They create a human shield of children. They know that the people in the town will not shoot their own children.”

Sickening.

Shut down this gutless dictator.

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YeCats
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YeCats 09/25/12 - 10:52 pm
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Heartbreaking. Just reading

Heartbreaking. Just reading this,,,,,,,I don't believe in that Mayan stuff,,,, yet a Judge is coming.

Come quickly.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/12 - 11:20 pm
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The Chronicle editors seem to

The Chronicle editors seem to have an unusually good grasp of what's going on in the Mideast. I'll go along with this. Assad and his American wife must go.

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Jon Lester 09/26/12 - 01:51 am
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I have news for you.

As much as I want the Assad regime out, I can't ignore that the aid sent by Gulf Cooperation Council member states is invested less for altruism than for the sake of Sunni supremacy, which is the entire (if unspoken) point of the GCC's charter. Our tacit silence, with regard to the grievances of Bahrain's Shi'ite majority, would in itself indicate that our active interest in Arab democracy is selective at best, even as it's obvious to everyone in the region that we care more about a stable host for our Fifth Fleet headquarters.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/26/12 - 05:24 am
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Syria is an ally of Iran It

Syria is an ally of Iran It is interesting that Obama has not gone to help the Syrian or Iranian people when they have tried to revolted. Obama has not aided them like he aided the Libyans and Egytians when they revolted! Iran has aided the Iraq rebels and the terrorists in Pakistan and Afganistan yet Obama is largely silent!

faithson
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faithson 09/26/12 - 09:25 am
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stuck in never never land

Simplistic answers to complex issues. America's proclivity to support one side against another in the middle east is fraught with unintended consequences. Having read and viewed reports out of Syria, American involvement in support of the opposition by just 'arming' them will only create more chaos. President Bashar al-Assad and his government are the problem, therein lies the answer. Oh, by the way... during the Iraqi war, many of these SAME atrocities were reported, funny how they were never taken seriously by the 'aggressors'.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/26/12 - 09:30 am
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Obama is an
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ally of iran. he runs his pie hole about sanctions (not recognized by world powers China and Russia who also produce food, weapons and purchase mega amounts of iranian oil) that have no effect. iranian pres. imadinnerjacket calls for a "new world order" with Israel as a "footnote" in history. Are American Jews going to vote enmasse for obama? You can bet your yarmulke. This election cycle is the most important one since WWII. You young "folk" don't have a clue, yet. When it's too late, it will have been TOO LATE.

prov227
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prov227 09/26/12 - 10:27 am
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A lesson from history ...

Newsflash! The British parliament met today to discuss the atrocities, genocide and fratricide happening in their former colonies. Thousands of rebels are being killed in their homeland by soldiers loyal to their national rulers. Rebel families are being devastated by the "civil unrest". Rebels' homes are being confiscated and many northern newspapers have been shut down that aren't loyal to the national government. Many members feel that Britain should intervene or at least provide arms, munitions and logistical support to the rebels. Newspapers are calling for intervention. Arms manufacturers are particularly enthusiastic over the uplift in their business that this rebellion will cause.

I wonder what the Chronicle's position was on this event? Shutting down Lincoln, the dictator? Possibly that Britain had no business intervening and arming the rebels, creating more carnage? It would all be calm if it wasn't for that dictator, Lincoln.

Did Lincoln have a right to put down the rebellion by starving the civilian population (blockade), destroying food-producing farms (Georgia) and burning private homes? I'm sure there were graphic examples, as in this article.

Nothing worse than a guilty national pride.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/26/12 - 12:33 pm
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"Nothing worse than a guilty national pride."

Except perhaps an America hater who's also an American citizen.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/26/12 - 02:21 pm
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The Situation In Syria...

...is one of many instances where different sects of islam are slaughtering each other. Syria is a hodge-podge of islamic sects with the majority (90 percent) being a couple of different Sunni sects. Unfortunately for the Sunnis, a small group of Shia muslims (the Alawites) happen to be in charge right now and possess the power to slaughter those who don't support them. It's no wonder that Iran (a Shia nation) would support the minority in charge and provide them the weaponry and expertise they need to carry out their genocide.

If ever there was an example of the kind of situation in which the United Nations should intervene, it would be this situation in Syria. It isn't even on the agenda this time which should remind you of the utter worthlessness of the United Nations. The American response is a muddled mass of conflicting comments and no positive action at all even as other nations intervene. We demonstrate to the world our inability to provide any leadership and our confusion as to our role in the world. People are slaughtered and children are tortured while we talk about "bumps in the road."

Sickening...

prov227
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prov227 09/26/12 - 10:26 pm
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Hate America?

Hard to be a 12th generation American and hate America. I just detest hypocrisy in foreign affairs. You may be right in suggesting that the UN could intervene as its role suggests. But I don't think the U.S. has a role in Syria (unless the CIA is arming the rebels already). Once we lose the right to dissent, American citizenship will lose a lot of its value. Our forefathers were dissenters to central government, but didn't hate the neighbors, community and states they lived in. Be careful not to wrap yourself in the flag too tightly, you might find it hard to breathe.

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