OIC's Syria decision
[Dawn] BESIDES adding to the Baathist regime's regional and international isolation, the suspension of Syria's membership by the Organisation of Islamic Conference on Wednesday is unlikely to have much effect on the situation in the Levant if the aim is peace. The 57-member bloc coupled the suspension with a call for the development of a peaceful mechanism that would build "a new Syrian state based on pluralism" and a "democratic and civilian system" -- ideals that are in keeping with the spirit of the Arab Spring. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
ignoring the plea by Pakistain, Algeria and Kazakhstan that the snuffies be also blamed for the bloodshed, the 57-member body's final statement said the "principal responsibility" for the fighting lay with the government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Horror of Homs...
. The statement coincided with a UN report which said there were "reasonable grounds" to believe that both government forces and the rebels had committed war crimes and "gross violations" of human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal
, including "unlawful killing, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual violence, pillaging and destruction of property".
Unless there is an agreement on a ceasefire, the Syrian conflict, which has led to 20,000 dead, could expand. Leb is already in a state of tension and fear, with reports that four Arab countries have asked their nationals to leave the country following a string of abductions of some Sunnis by a Shia group. The OIC and the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
, which suspended Syria's membership last year, ought to have a uniform policy on dissent in Mohammedan countries. Their attitudes towards Bahrain, for instance, are in sharp contrast with their Syria policies. While in the former case the Gulf Cooperation Council sent troops to crush the uprising and save the monarchy, in the case of Libya and Syria they have pursued an active regime-change strategy. What happens if tomorrow there is a democratic stir in Arab monarchies, some of which have not given their people even a semblance of constitutional rule? The Syrian situation deserves to be addressed with all sincerity, but as Pakistain's foreign minister said at the recent Tehran moot, moves that could lead to foreign intervention need to be avoided.
Posted by: Fred