The Arab League to Help the Syrian Rebels, if Ever They Can Be Arsed
There was a time when conflict in the Middle East was a straightforward affair between Muslims and Jews. Any support by the West for the Zionist state of Israel meant that countries like America were also inextricably part of the problem - until now.
In light of the Arab Spring that has shaken and undermined the leadership across the Middle East, Muslims are turning on each other in a more brutal and lethal way than Allah or the watching world could have ever imagined, as is currently being played out by the human suffering in Syria.
Yet while the West throws its unequivocal support to the Syrian rebels - as it did for Libyan and Iraqi insurgents that brought about the eventual downfall of Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein - still the Arab world remains unmoved to offer any meaningful protection. Or does it?
For while Russia and China stand isolated by refusing to endorse a UN resolution condemning the violence of the Arab League, so concerned by the on-going brutality by President Bashar Assad towards his own people - Muslim brothers, sisters and children each and every one - they have been dramatically stirred into action.
Who can blame them, given how Syrian forces continue to throw their military weight with tanks and artillery, which have already brought the total death toll to more than 5,400. An extraordinary, urgent and immediate meeting of the Arab League is to be convened to discuss Syria; in three days' time, on the 11th
If ever there was a bigger threat to Islam, Muslims need to look beyond the Israelis, Jews and the West as the cause for their ills. The rules of engagement have changed and it’s now the Arab League who are, by their own action of doing nothing to stop the bloodshed, the ones with blood on their hands.
Published by Martin Baum on 08/02/2012