Where Are the Friends of Syria?
There is a lot of danger to go around in the Syria. Ordinary people, not associated with the uprising and revolution, are being starved to death in Homs and in other cities as President Assad's forces barrage, snipe and scour each city block to cleanse it. Hitler did this frequently, especially in Warsaw, Poland in 1943-44. Assad is boosted with Iranian money and weapons. It has political support from Russia and China, although, both are starting to rethink their positions because of slaughter daily.
But, where are Syria's friends, those that want Assad to step down? The US is backing away from this with its "hands-off" policy, which I think is totally wrong. Does Berlin 1948 ring a bell? Probably not for most. Well, back then, the Berlin, was surrounded by Russian troops because of the cold war disagreement about who should control the city: the Allies or USSR. Berlin was in their zone, yet the US insisted the city should be shared. While Russia was part of the Allied force during WW2, after it was over, they became our adversary. The Berliners were starving to death, that is when the US said, "screw the Russians" and started to fly in tons and tons of food and other supplies, many times airdropping them. The US warned the Russians about this and if the planes (hundreds of them) were fired at or downed, the US would retaliate. Russia did nothing and the Berliners were saved from hunger until the dispute was over.
The US or NATO, should follow the same example. They should adopt the attitude of "screw it, we are helping" and assist the Syrian people with humanitarian help in airdrops and warn Syria the same. We should not be a pansy now and we should not be concerned about what China or Russia will do because that fact is, they can do nothing except bark. They know what is going on there is wrong. In fact, Russian did recall its only aircraft carrier from Syria. Arab nations should step up to the plate and assist their people. The Arabs are frustrated with the West, well, we are frustrated with the Arabs. Where is Jordan, Israel (even the Syrians would welcome aid from them), Saudi Arabia? So far, only Qatar, seems willing to consider sending Arab troops there and sending arms to the Free Syrian Army. Turkey could easily mount a relief incursion into Syria with its military to protect the Red Cross supplies. The skies overhead could be made safe.
The problem is the lack of will by all of the international community. Period. Meanwhile, there are real concerns about a civil war and that most of Iraq's al-qaeda members have now joined the fight in Syria against the Assad regime. These members are hard to spot even for those Syrians who are fighting for democracy. In fact, members of the Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda members are indistinguishable between them. The real question is, when Assad falls, what happens next?