Thursday 19 October 2017

Taking path of peace is the only option in war-ravaged Syria

A Syrian shows a picture of his daughter, who died in an airstrike on the rebel-held besieged city of Douma. Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters
A Syrian shows a picture of his daughter, who died in an airstrike on the rebel-held besieged city of Douma. Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There can be no military solution to the Syria conflict. These words need to be chiseled into the mindsets of international political leadership.

US President Donald Trump's reactive strike to the chemical attack is more about being seen to be tough, the tit-for-tat approach to the Syria crisis, couched behind the language of non-tolerance and crossing red lines.

The chemical attack that took place last week in northern Syria was barbaric, an abhorrent breach of international humanitarian law, but it is only the latest atrocity committed in a war that has been ripping apart Syria for six years, where an estimated 50 unguided barrel bombs filled with explosives and shrapnel are dropped daily.

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