UN Delegation Of The "Terrified" In Syria: Al-Assad's Shelling Of Homs, Deraa, Hama And Other Cities Is On-going


24 April 2012

By Tariq Alhomayed 

Rather than the delegation of international observers in Syria monitoring the al-Assad forces implementation of the ceasefire according to the Annan initiative we saw the Free Syrian Army [FSA] protecting the Blue Berets, particularly in Homs, where the head of the observer mission, Colonel Ahmed Himmiche, was present.

A YouTube video-clip has appeared showing the international monitors being targeted and shot at by forces belonging to the tyrant of Damascus, whilst members of the FSA formed a human barrier to protect them as they were beset by panic. Indeed this video-clip shows one FSA member protecting one of the international monitors from gunfire, reassuring him by saying "don't be afraid!" Of course, anybody who views this YouTube video-clip understand the extent of the irony inherent in this situation, and as the saying goes, the worst disaster is the one that brings laughter, particularly when we are looking at a UN monitoring delegation transform into a delegation of the "terrified". This represents a clear insult from the al-Assad regime towards the UN and international community, particularly as the targeting of this delegation took place on the same day that the UN Security Council took the decision to send more monitors to Syria! So after all of this, can we say that there is any expected benefit from sending international monitors to Syria? There can be no doubt that this is completely out of the question.

Al-Assad's shelling of Homs, Deraa, Hama and other cities is on-going, and Syrian people are being killed on a daily basis, so after all of this how can we say that the delegation of international monitors will play an effective role, or confirm al-Assad's compliance with the Annan initiative? The targeting of the international observers, and their being subject to gunfire in Homs, means that al-Assad has taken aim at Annan's initiative, and this means that we cannot rely on this initiative, or wait another three months which is the timeframe provided for the observer mission by the UN initiative for al-Assad did not even wait a few days for his forces to fire upon the delegation of the "terrified". What is funny is that Washington is claiming that its patience has run out, and that it will not renew the observer mission in 90-days, in other words Washington has already begun to negotiate from today about renewing the observer mission, which should end in 3 months! This is the true definition of absurdity, whilst it also makes light of the Syrian blood that has been shed non-stop over the past 12 months, particularly as this delegation of the "terrified" on Friday refused to monitor the scene, despite the huge anti-Assad demonstrations taking place, with the head of the observer mission saying that his team would not undertake any field trips for fear that "our presence is used for escalation." Is this a joke? Must the FSA now also protect the international delegation of the "terrified" from the al-Assad forces?

It is clear that the international delegation of the "terrified" will not accelerate or delay anything in Syria, particularly at their current level, therefore the Emir of Qatar was right when he said that the Annan initiative has only a 3 percent chance of success! What everybody must be aware of is the fact that al-Assad only understands the language of force; anything other than this is nothing more than a license to kill, a waste of time and a deepening of the Syrian crisis.

 

Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the youngest person to be appointed that position. He holds a BA degree in Media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and has also completed his Introductory courses towards a Master's degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is based in London.

 

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