Amateur video posted online purports to show the aftermath of the Syrian regime’s bombing of Douma, a suburb of Damascus. As the war drags into a fifth year accusations are flying about who is to blame for the lack of action to end the bloodshed.
Point of view
President Assad has massacred 350,000 people but Western countries are more interested in protecting the balance of power at the U.N. Security Council.
International aid agencies have accused the UN security council of failing the victims of the conflict, a sentiment echoed by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has repeated calls to reform the UN body.
“President Assad has massacred 350,000 people, he has destroyed a country, a history, but Western countries are more interested in protecting the balance of power at the U.N. Security Council,” he said.
International efforts to broker temporary ceasefires have so far failed, leaving little hope for Syrian civilians.
While the West remains united in its fight against ISIL, its stance towards Syria’s government remains divided with Russia refusing to back a resolution condemning the regime’s actions.
And the West has made little effort to take in the overflow of refugees.