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priceless, powerless, endless, meaningless

































































Endless War, Endless Suffering


October 30, 2013
The New York Times


Add a potential polio epidemic to the threats that innocent civilians now face because of Syria’s civil war. It is part of what American officials say may be the worst humanitarian disaster since the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people. But while the tragedy is unfolding in full view, many countries, including Russia and China, have given hardly anything to the United Nations campaign to meet the Syrians’ basic needs.

Civilians have paid a terrible price ever since President Bashar al-Assad of Syria used force to crush peaceful protests that began in 2011, touching off a full-scale civil war. Officials now put the death toll, including combatants, at 115,000.

Of the Syrians who have survived the war so far, some five million are virtual refugees in their own country — trapped in neighborhoods isolated by military blockades, or uprooted from their homes and living in vacant buildings, schools, mosques, parks and crowded homes of relatives. Most are desperately short of food and medicine, a deprivation likely to worsen as winter sets in.

Meanwhile, another two million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, meaning that seven million people, or about one-third of Syria’s population, have seen their lives upended by the war.

Now comes another trial: the country’s first outbreak of polio in 14 years. United Nations officials have begun to vaccinate 2.5 million children in Syria and more than eight million others in the region after discovering that 10 children in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour have contracted polio. A 25-year campaign by the World Health Organization had largely eradicated what had been a global scourge, narrowing the afflicted states to Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Public health experts suspect that jihadists who entered Syria to join the fight against Mr. Assad may have been the carriers.

The United Nations has asked its members for $1.5 billion to provide food, schooling and medicine to vulnerable Syrians. That is short of the need, yet the response has been disgraceful. Only 61 percent of the money earmarked for refugees outside of Syria has been collected, while 36 percent of the aid for Syrians inside the country has been collected, according to United Nations figures. China, the world’s second-biggest economy after the United States, has donated a miserable $1 million, while Russia, awash in oil and gas profits, has given $10.3 million.

An analysis by Oxfam America, the international aid agency, says that relative to their wealth, France, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates have donated far less than they can afford. The United States, at more than $1 billion, is the largest contributor, but it can still do better, Oxfam said. Because of the difficulty of obtaining comparable numbers, China was not part of this analysis.

The best way to help the Syrians is to end the war. The next best thing is to mitigate the suffering by contributing generously and by pressuring both sides in the conflict to allow aid workers to deliver essential supplies.

Endless War, Endless Suffering,
NYT, 30.10.2013,






Rugby World Cup 2011:

England must be relentless,

says Martin Johnson

• England manager demands

fewer errors against Romania

Rugby World Cup 2011:
England must be relentless, says Martin Johnson,






Residents tell grim story of assault

on Syrian city


AMMAN | Mon Apr 25, 2011
2:25pm EDT
By Suleiman al-Khalidi


AMMAN (Reuters) - Residents of the city of Deraa, cradle of the pro-democracy protests that have swept Syria, painted a chilling picture on Monday of an assault by security forces using tanks, heavy artillery and machine guns.

Artillery pounded the town, electricity and most telephone lines were cut and soldiers took over mosques and other key locations, residents reported.

Foreign correspondents are being kept out of Syria so the reports could not be verified,
but residents contacted by telephone painted a consistent picture of a ruthless attempt
to subjugate the city through military force.


Witnesses described how black-clad snipers took up positions on high government buildings.

"It's terrifying and shows the authorities will not spare anyone to subdue people and end our resistance and yearning for freedom," said one witness.

Asked whether the residents were fighting back -- Deraa is a region where tribal traditions of vengeance are strong -- Abu Salem said that, until Monday, most residents had resisted calls to avenge the dozens of deaths.

"Defenseless people cannot just watch as they get slaughtered.

There is hardly a family that does not have a martyr now,"he said.


(Editing by Kevin Liffey and Andrew Dobbie)

Residents tell grim story of assault on Syrian city, R, 25.2.2011,






Amis on Hitchens:

'He's one of the most terrifying rhetoricians

the world has seen'


Martin Amis hails the peerless intelligence

and rhetorical ingenuity of his exceptional friend,

Christopher Hitchens

Amis on Hitchens:
He's one of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen',
O, 24.4.2011,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/24/amis-hitchens-world - broken link > removed page






U.S. drone strike

kills 25 in Pakistan's North Waziristan


PESHAWAR, Pakistan
Fri Apr 22, 2011
3:56am EDT


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) -

Four missiles fired by two suspected U.S. pilotless aircraft hit a house in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The drone strike happened in Mir Ali, a town about 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of the region's main town of Miranshah.

An intelligence official in the region, who requested not to be identified, told Reuters that the house was being used as a militant hideout.

"They (the militants) have surrounded the area where the attack happened and are not allowing anybody to go there," he said, adding 25 bodies had been recovered from the rubble and three women were among those killed.

Another official said some foreign militants were among the dead, but that their numbers and nationalities could not confirmed.

The strike came two days after a visit to Islamabad by Admiral Mike Mullen, the top U.S. military official, in which he expressed concern over continuing links between Pakistan's main intelligence agency, the ISI, and militants attacking U.S.-led forces across the border in Afghanistan.

North Waziristan is a known sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban militants near the Afghan border.

The United States has been using drone attacks to target al Qaeda-linked militants over the past few years in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, a source of concern for the Pakistan government, which says civilian casualties stoke public anger and bolster support for militancy.


(Reporting by Haji Mujtaba; Writing by Kamran Haider;

Editing by Rebecca Conway and Alex Richardson)

U.S. drone strike kills 25 in Pakistan's North Waziristan,










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