Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The War Victims

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The War Victims

The violation of humanitarian law in Syria outrages the collective conscience as women and children are burning amidst violence and bloodshed. The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has inflicted heavy casualties upon the civilians and continues trampling upon their rights and liberty in the worst possible way. The gory pictures of war, the riddled bodies and sliced throats of war victims lying in a pool of blood, shake the conscience of mankind.
Syrians bear the brunt of violence and have been changed into the sacrificial lamb of war and terror. By June 2013, the UN said 90,000 people had been killed in the conflict. More than five years after it began, the war has killed over 250,000 people, half of whom are believed to be civilians. Bombings are destroying crowded cities and horrific human rights violations are widespread.    
The civilians are victimized not only by the ISIL group but also by the pro-government forces. It is said that air strikes and shelling in rebel-held Aleppo has killed dozens this week. The bombardment restarted Tuesday after a four-week pause, part of a wider military escalation by the Syrian government and its allies, including Russia, against insurgents. Moreover, bombs launched by the Syrian government over the past three days seriously damaged two general hospitals – that were providing trauma care in the war zone and hit the only children’s hospital – on the rebel-held side of Aleppo. The destruction left more than a quarter-million people in eastern Aleppo without hospital care.
The ISIL radical fighters have been changed into a serious menace to the world and spill the blood of individuals on the grounds of their caste, color and creed – the Islamic societies are the main victim of their pugnacious ideology. From the declaration of the caliphate until early 2016, some 90 terrorist attacks were either carried out or inspired by ISIL in 21 countries around the globe, from California to Sydney, with an estimated 1,400 victims killed. The Dutch counter terrorism coordinator said Friday that the ISIL group is estimated to have between 60 and 80 operatives planted in Europe to carry out attacks. Dick Schoof said that would-be fighters are also heeding messages from the militant group “asking them not to come to Syria and Iraq, but to prepare attacks in Europe.” According to him, though the Netherlands has not been hit by a major attack by Islamic extremists such as those in Belgium and France, “the chance of attack in the Netherlands is real.” He said, “We have seen 294 terrorist fighters go overseas in Iraq and Syria and there are still 190 over there. And what happened in France and Brussels and Germany could happen to us.”
With the establishment of Al-Baghdadi’s Caliphate, the ISIL fighters, operating under Baghdadi’s fundamental ideology, committed the major crimes and violated humanitarian law in its ugliest manner. The ethnic minorities have lost their rights and honor under their realm of power and played the worst case scenario not only in Islamic societies but around the globe. Similarly, their strange and inhuman practices drew the world’s attention towards it. Their immoral and disgraceful treatment to women, under the term of religion, spread hatred in Islamic societies and Islamophobia in Europe.
It is believed that a large member of the ISIL loyalist is mercenary fighters rather than ideologue jihadists. They fight not to pursue Godly rewards but worldly pleasures and satiate their carnal desires with the declaration of “Jihad-e-Nikah”. In other words, ISIL fighters come from poor backgrounds and suffered severely the pain of poverty and deprivation. Being deprived from girl friends, luxury buildings and enormous food, they resorted to violence to untie the lump in their throats through breaking social norms and violating moral standards.
Since “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind” and respecting the natural and inalienable rights of mankind is the foundation of freedom and justice, the insurgency, irrespective of its hotbed, will lead to destruction and human casualties. It is highly shocking to hear that more than 250,000 people have been murdered in Syria’s war. It is an unmistakable fact that the more it continues the heavier casualties it will leave behind. Isn’t there a peaceful alternative for the destructive war? Why simply pave the ground for the deadly acts of terrorist networks, mainly ISIL?

As the democratic discourse is hotly debated around the globe, why murder men, women and children as a last resort? The world approved the Human Rights Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), following the World Wars, to alleviate the pain and sufferings of human societies and put an end to violence and bloodshed. The International instruments declared that men and women are born free and endowed with natural rights and dignity. However, the challenge is that these instruments lack sanctions and not put into force strictly. It is the international community to bring the Syria’s government and anti-government group to the negotiating table so as to prevent from casualties and protect the rights of the individuals and launch a worldly military attacks against the ISIL. It is hoped that streams of blood no more ooze from the sliced-throat of a child, man or woman slaughtered on the basis of their race, sex or beliefs.

Hujjattullah Zia is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at zia_hujjat@yahoo.com

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