29 August 2013

Life During Wartime

It feels like the world could explode today, doesn’t it?  We have warships lining up to possibly take action in Syria as punishment for the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack on its own citizens last week. British Parliament voted against joining the U.S. and France in a potential cruise missile attack, but it’s looking pretty likely that the strikes will happen.
I've been trying to follow the developments, but it's a dense, complicated web that certainly isn't limited to Syrian borders. While I understand the desire to  show Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he can't attack his own people, I can't imagine a few missile strikes would make much difference to him and would more likely just hurt more innocent people. He clearly doesn't care what the U.S. thinks about any of this, nor does he seem like he'd stop just because we delivered a few shots over the bow. I don't know what the answer is, but this feels like a response because we feel like we have to do something after doing very little for two years, as opposed to believing the missile strikes will make him stop (I don't think anyone's that foolish).
According to a USA Today story, there are already one million Syrian children who are now refugees and it seems like whether the U.S. intervenes or not, that number is sure to rise. These children have lost the security of their homes and are most likely witnessing horrible atrocities. 
Unicef is on the ground, helping in ways that come with a crisis, in terms of health care for the wounded and water shortages, but also to aid with the necessary daily concerns that face children even during peaceful times, such as immunizations. 
Aug. 29: Unicef 

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