Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia, Mexico, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt.

3Worldwide, there are currently 12 nations at war and 37 in armed conflicts*.

Some conflicts started as far back as 1918 (Iran) or as recently as July 2013 (Egypt’s political crisis).*

Nothing feels worse to me than to quantify human casualties so, apologies if I don’t quote numbers to add clarity. It suffices to say that the most life-threatening on-going war (if life-threat could possibly be “ranked” in the context of a war) is the one in Syria.

Because of the effect on the population, even biased sources cannot deny the seriousness of this conflict and even though they do discuss it a lot, I couldn’t make sense of what is happening.

I chose to ignore the popular “big picture” approaches that devalue life and focused on finding information from Syrians themselves.

From that perspective, I saw this conflict as being as hopeless a situation as any civilian can be plunged into by outside forces. I was deeply struck by tweets from Syrians saying how they felt “left out” (by the western world), “left for dead”, “not knowing what to do with themselves”, “incapable of rebuilding a life and a family again”. They are truly trapped by the ambitions of bigger forces than themselves.

The “bigger picture” approach to understanding a situation is oftentimes damaged by the interests of the powerful.

If the economic superpowers of today wanted this conflict ended, they would have ended it already. With minimal impact to the population. For some reason, that is not the case.

I raise awareness, encouraging direct support. I wish I could do more.

I don’t trust the media, charities or rioters anymore. I will only go by, and act on, what I know to be true.

Despite the “not 100% guaranteed identity” aspect of social networks, they still do have a lot of potential for TRUTH. Although requiring a fair bit of discernment.

* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_military_conflicts
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6 thoughts on “Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia, Mexico, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt.

  1. The struggle in Syria has been grinding on and on for a couple of years now, but the opposition forces are just too disunited to gather their collective strengths and bring down the regime. People have been fleeing into Iraq, which shows how desperate they must be, as well as Lebanon and Turkey. I don’t know what the answer is, though I cannot see how air strikes will get rid of Assad without killing a whole lot more civilians.

    • Coincidently, I am reading fellow bloggers and a post linked to a CBS news article highlighting how missile strikes are of little use to rebels.

      The article (link below) claims there are no links between the US and rebel forces (a question most were wondering about). So, with no coordination, the impact of a belligerent intervencion will be a higher death toll.
      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57600872/syrian-rebels-missile-strikes-of-limited-use-to-us/

      The blog post linked below, and a few others from inside Syria, testify to the need for a peaceful intervencion. Frightening.

      I need to switch off for a bit as this isn’t the healthiest I could do on my hour lunch. I feel awful for those poor people. Gladly, everyone at work also wants a prompt and peaceful resolution, a small yet welcome relief. This time, the UK stands taller in the world.
      http://lobotero.com/2013/09/06/how-many-children/

      “Killing machines are never a solution.” Anonymous

  2. Hola prima. Solo tienes que ver una cosa, un detalle que en Espa�a, sin ir mas lejos, se est� pasando por alto. Los mismos que desligitimaron la Guerra de Irak, los mismos que salieron gritando NO a la guerra por las calles de Madrid, ahora esos mismos son los que ven leg�tima esta guerra. Una guerra que tiene los mismos tintes que la otra, el af�n de ir eliminando peones en Oriente Medio y adue�andose del petroleo. Pero solamente la ven leg�tima por intereses partidistas. Ahora todos apoyan al gran Obama, premio Nobel de la Paz.

    • Hola primo! Como va la vida? Ya me diras como vais todos y perdona el espanglish que uso, yo culpo al teclado… jeje.

      Pues estoy totalmente deacuerdo con lo que comentas. Se ha dejado que el conflicto escale lo suficiente como para que parezca que incluso una intervencion basada en “tanques contra palos” se vea justificada.

      Creo que en Inglaterra, en contraste con Francia por ejemplo, si que se les vio venir. Aqui muy pocos piensan que las armas estan remotamente justificadas. Llevan mucho tiempo (desde el 2012) pidiendo que se intervenga en Siria de forma pacifica, pero nadie movio un dedo. Ahora las cosas no estan para mas armas.

      Yo hago lo que puedo y espero que los que cenaron en Rusia ayer tomaran una decision justa. Si no fue el caso, lo vamos a pasar todos peor. Dudo que el resentimiento que se acumula en esas naciones no se filtre en las nuestras.

      Un abrazo enorme a la familia y hablamos,
      Ale

    • Hi there, I’ve tried working that out for a while but, no luck. There is too much information and I don’t think even a super computer could make sense of what is being said.

      I opted out of trying to understand whether there is a special motiviation (or many opposing ones), I thought I’d focus on what I could make a difference with.

      I think taht allowing conflicts like these to perpetuate will backfire. No one is sheltered enough to not live through the shcockwaves of resentment these people are living through.

      I hope the decisions made yesterday will call for a peaceful intervention.

      Thanks for you comment : ),
      Alex

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