4 February 2013

It is critical that this genocide discussion focuses on the ethnic cleansing of Sunni children
in this Syrian Sunni-Shiaa civil war:

-- Genocide in Syria:The Hill, 30 August 2012.

History Repeats Itself:

3 February 2013

From: Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
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Ignoring Genocide of Syria's Children - Lessons of Iraq/Afghanistan

One of the most tragic outcomes of the Syrian humanitarian Catastrophe, beyond civilians abandoned 22 months with upwards of 100,000 dead, [1] is the consequences of ignoring the fundamental lessons of counterinsurgency learned in Iraq and Afghanistan in "A Comprehensive Approach." [2] As the crisis spirals out of control and countries prepare for mass casualty incidents, due to unsecured CBRNE WMD stockpiles in a Failed State, [3] we are reminded of the discussion "Genocide in Syria" (The Hill, 30 August 2012): [4]

Adopted by the UN’s General Assembly on December 9, 1948, Article 2 of the Genocide Convention states, “genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group such as: (a) killing members of the group; (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

Six respected organizations have documented evidence of Section (e) committed by Assad’s state military against its own child-civilian population. Syria qualifying as genocide under Section (e) distinguishes Assad’s regime from other modern mass atrocities, such as Bosnia or Rwanda. Children are often collateral damage but Assad’s deliberately targeting children makes Syria “disturbingly unique.”

War Child UK released, Syria: A War on Childhood, documenting how Assad’s forces take children from their parents, schools and communities and transfer these children to detention centers or military units for use as human shields. The children are brutally tortured, raped, and murdered. “Children and young people have been summarily massacred; illegally detained; sexual abused; used in combat; abducted and tortured; denied schooling and access to humanitarian aid; and deliberately targeted in violent attacks.”

Now as we contemplate Stabilization, Security, Transition and Recovery (SSTR), we return to the importance of caring for those in harms way in a counterinsurgency crisis and the fundamentals of UN Peacekeeping Operations, [5] with damage and scars as deep as Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged international action on Syria, comparing the ongoing civil conflict in the country to Holocaust, the UN News Centre reported.  -- UN chief urges international action on Syria: The Hindu, 13 January 2013. [6]

The United States has pushed for intensive relief efforts from day one, [7] but the inability of the UN Security Council to fulfill it's Chapter 7 responsibility to protect international security, [8] left the task of caring for the victims of the atrocities to the Arab countries in the region
.  Disregard for the humanitarian catastrophe and international security crisis has led to Israel's intervention, in an effort to protect all countries in the region from the imminent CBRNE international security threats.

"A threatened State, according to long established international law, can take military action as long as the threatened attack is imminent, no other means would deflect it and the action is proportionate." -- Counterterrorism: Self-Defense [8]

  1. Syria: International Humanitarian & Security Discussions : Humanitarian Intervention Initiative. See also Syria2012.com - 72 Hours Under Fire.
  2. United Nations Peacekeeping Operations - Principles and Guidelines: United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Field Support.
  3. Syria: CBRNE Chemical - Biological - Nuclear Crisis Discussions: HRI, Last updated 1 February 2013.
  4. Abandoned - SYRIA2012 Massacre in Homs, Syria: Photos UPI : HRI, 26 July 2012.
  5. The Comprehensive Approach: NATO.
  6. UN chief urges international action on Syria: The Hindu, 13 January 2013.
  7. Syrian Emergency: U.S. Department of State.
  8. Chapter VII: Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace and Acts of Aggression: Charter of the United Nations.
  9. Counterterrorism: Self-Defense:  David Kinsella Division of Political Science, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.


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