Syrian crisis is deepening further with every passing day as violence against civilians continues to escalate. It also appears that the international community has failed to manage a viable solution to the problem. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stands victorious even after killing more than 14,000 innocent civilians. There is no case against him for committing crimes against humanity. The world powers have become just a silent spectator or reduced to just issue statements condemning the regime. Security forces loyal to the regime are still on the move and trying to stem the uprising by force.
In a dramatic movement, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton alleged on Tuesday that Russia was selling attack helicopters to Syrian government to help quell the uprising. The secretary of state fears that if the choppers reach Syria, more violence will be perpetrated against civilians.said the United States was concerned about the latest shipment to Assad regime because it would escalate the crisis further. However, Russia has refuted the statement and said the country never supplied anything to the Syrian government to help them fight against the rebels.
Following footsteps of their brethren in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, Syrian people took to the streets in March 2011 against the regime. They were hopeful to topple the regime in a short span of time and then establish a democratic government to ensure civil rights and freedom of speech. It has been around 16 months to the uprising against the regime, but the dictator is yet to be overthrown. The country is infested with a host of problems and these issues are less likely to be addressed unless Assad steps down from his position.
Leaving aside whether Russia is supplying attack helicopters to Assad regime or not, one thing is crystal clear and that is support of Russia and Iran to the regime. Both the countries have been the staunchest supporters of the Assad regime and trying their best to keep him in power. China is also an active ally of Syria and supporting the regime. It will be pertinent to mention here that Russia and China vetoed a resolution moved against Syria in the United Nations Security Council a few months back. The resolution was moved by Morocco and it was demanded that practical steps be taken to protect innocent civilians from the wrath of the regime.
The secretary of state has rightly pointed out supply of the helicopters to Syria, but at the same time the world powers should take practical steps to resolve the crisis. Peace mission deployed in the violence-wracked country has gone back owing to a number of issues, while the peace plan ofhas also failed. There is a need more than ever to explore fresh options to settle the crisis once and for all.