WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING VIDEO CONTENT
SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS POST VIDEO OF DYING BOY – The video above was posted on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) website to show the world that the conflict in Syria is now causing the deaths of children through starvation.
The video and its content have not been verified but SOHR report that this is the effect of acute malnutrition, known as marasmus.
For nine months the suburbs of Damascus have been held under siege with no food or medical supplies being allowed to reach residents.
Assad is now being accused of starving his opponents to death along with bombarding the city with chemical weapons.
It is believed that the boy featured in the video, who died due to the advanced stage of malnutrition, is 4 year old Ibrahim Khali from Mouadamiya; a town that has long been ravaged by the conflict and where food and medical supplies have been depleted.
This latest event has once again fuelled some into believing that both the U.S and Britain should engage in military strikes against Syria in order to remove Assad from power.
However both the U.S and British public remain against any interference due to a number of underlying factors.
Bombing Syria will result in causalities; or ‘collateral damage’ as it is so often referred to. These casualties will include men, women and children and will be unavoidable. The opinion appears to be that the U.S and Britain will be responsible for more unnecessary deaths in the Middle East.
There is also the conflict as to whether the U.S and Britain should aid the known Al-Qaeda factions of the Syrian Rebel forces. The question here is will the U.S and Britain simply unseat one dictator, Assad, and install another that openly engages on terrorist attacks on western civilizations?
Finally there are concerns that any engagement in Syria will be seen by the Middle East as yet another incursion upon a sovereign state and Iran has already warned both the U.S and Britain that it will engage in warfare against any country that attempts to overthrow Assad; it is likely that Iran would openly strike at Israel which would only escalate the problems in the Middle East further.
The video above is heartbreaking; no child should ever be subjected to the atrocities of war and yet the rest of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Iran have stood by and watched these atrocities unfold without any intervention.
SOHR posted the video on their Facebook account and are calling for the Syrian Red Crescent and the Red Cross to initiate negotiations with Assad and the Rebels in order to break the siege and allow the city to be re-supplied with food, water and medical supplies that are so desperately needed.
People are expressing their disbelief on comment boards carrying this latest news and many are asking why Saudi Arabia and Qatar appear happy to supply arms to the Rebels but are refusing the step in and eradicate this particular issue.
Many feel that Western powers should not be the ones that have to continuously police the Middle East or engage in conflicts that simply cannot be resolved by outside influence.
Despite George Osborne telling the British public that last week’s no vote by the House of Commons has put an end to the debate, and that David Cameron would not be seeking a further vote, there are now some in Parliament that feel David Cameron should call for another vote on engaging in missile strikes against Syria.
This latest revelation has certainly fueled the belief that it is now just a matter of time before the U.S engages in military strikes against Syria and some feel that if another Commons vote is permitted it is likely Britain will join forces with the U.S simply to retain its so-called ‘special relationship’.