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The repeated failure of the United Nations
The political situation is Syria is spinning out of control and there seems to be no resolution in sight. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in the US has estimated that 36,000 people have already been killed in the conflict. This number is expected to rise.

THE PART that is appalling is the fact that the United Nations has failed to control the conflict that has been going on for over 18 months while one of the founding principles of this great body is to maintain world peace. UN has appointed two special representatives for Syria and so far both have failed. Both these men are greatly qualified for their job as such with one being the former Secretary-General of the UN itself, Mr Kofi Annan, who after his failure resigned and the other being a veteran UN diplomat, Mr Lakhdar Brahimi, a person who has been in the job for about three months but has accepted that he has no clear plan or process to implement.

The simple fact is that this conflict is now a ticking bomb and not just a normal bomb but a high yield nuclear bomb, the effects of which will be felt worldwide as and when it explodes. The conflict risks spilling over in the neighbouring countries. There are already border tensions with Turkey. Add to that list the risk of sectarian violence in neighbouring Lebanon which has over the years faced its own share of destruction. Even Israel would be sucked into it if not controlled in time. If Israel enters, so will Iran and its proxies on side of Syria and United States and the allies on side of Israel. The entry of United States would then bring in Russia and China and then no country in the world would be spared.

We all agree that Non Alignment Movement has no standing in today’s world. It’s just a tradition that we are following with. When it comes to it, every country would have to choose a side. Even those who choose to remain neutral would be drawn in it.

The United Nations really needs to stop the bloodbath. Putting boots on the ground wouldn’t help at all but it will in turn worsen the conflict. The only reasonable solution is getting both sides in one room on a negotiating table, a difficult task in itself because the opposition in Syria is still divided but an important one nonetheless. No one person or delegation can be sent that represents the complete opposition at this point. The opposition to the Assad regime in Syria needs to unite and form a coalition that represents the people and not just a part of the opposition to find a solution to this heinous conflict.

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