Sunday, 3 June 2012

Need More Accountability

The master speaks and he says, it's going to be okay. President of Syria, Bashar Al Assad says that all the attacks in his country is through a foreign plot.

Bashar Al Assad Picture: RADI

His remarks stand in stark contrast to what the opposition and many world leaders have said for more than a year -- that al-Assad's forces, not external "terrorists," are behind a sustained slaughter stemming from their crackdown on dissidents.
"Standing up against the conspiracy is not easy, but we will overcome the obstacles," al-Assad said. "We have duties towards our people. Adopting reform and reinforcing its principles is not an easy mission."
The speech came a day after U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said Syria is "at a turning point" and that "the specter of all-out civil war, with a worry sectarian dimension, grows by the day."
But who is telling the truth? Just a few days ago, a picture from the Iraqi war was put up with one of the videos trying to promote the cause of freedom in Syria. It most importantly went on to the BBC's online front page! Propaganda? I remember that in one of our journalism classes last semester, we were shown a video about the media and propaganda. It showed if I remember correctly how Fox News (owned by Rupert Murdoch) broadcasted on one of their news channels that George Bush had won the elections in a certain state. However, this was not true as the elections was still in its preliminary stages. The objective of putting that 'falsified news' out was to encourage and increase the probability of Bush wining the Presidential elections.

So by putting that picture, does it increase the retaliation from other nations against Syria? Maybe, who knows. I think BBC should have checked thoroughly before even posting that picture up. It's true that they have apologised, but yes, the damage has already been done and everybody already hates the Syrian government.

The wrong picture: CDN
I think to be quite fair, there needs to be more accountability in the Syria situation.  Reporters without borders says that the Syrian government has to this day killed six citizen journalists. Why kill a citizen journalist? Unless one is conspiring against the regime would be a valid reason. The latest report from the not-yet-pronounced 'civil war' was that more than 100 unarmed civilians were massacred, half of whom were children, in the Sunni village of Houla, a center of anti-government activity. It's such a sad site, regardless of whether it's a foreign plot or not, something needs to be done. Russia and China need to see that it's more than agenda and intervene due to grounds of humanitarian intervention. Someone needs to save these people, most importantly these children. At the end of the day, we are all people and we all have the same needs.

What would happen if everyone cared?

With elections coming up, Barrack Obama is not taking any risks as it may weaken his presidential campaign. Really? I would like to ask the question - Does he really care? Feel free to hit the comment button, international politics is going solo.

1 comment:

  1. The posted picture is quite disturbing and I think it is only right that the BBC apologise for posting it up. However I do not believe that Syrian army or government or whoever is involved has the right to kill anybody, ordinary citizen or citizen journalist. If the people are being oppressed by the government, then it is only natural that they will try to attack and fight against what the government has put in place. The president's comments on the situation are very contradictory to what the world has been witnessing as happening in Syria. The oppressed people of Syria need help and government heads should try to act now.