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UNITED NATIONS ENDS SYRIAN OBSERVER MISSION AFTER SEEING EVERYTHING THEY CAME TO SEE
August 16 2012
Paris, France – The conflict in Syria is far from over and in fact may only be getting worse. With a continued assault on the city of Aleppo and constant rumours of new mass killings, it appears that both sides are ready to continue to fight over the fate of the nation and the people within it.
While the situation on the ground might not be changing, it appears that the world’s attitude towards it has started to shift. With the departure of Kofi Annan a few weeks back the efforts, it appears , to affect a resolution have reached a standstill.
Now the United Nations, perhaps realizing that the nation is a lost cause or simply deciding that they have seen everything they came to see, has decided to end its observer mission earlier than expected. The observers had been deployed to the country in an effort to document and presumably intimidate both sides but have been pulled back to their hotels in recent days. It is believed to be very difficult to really observe anything from a hotel room which in part is the reason for the early removal of the workers.
“The conditions to continue UNSMIS were not filled,” said France’s ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud after a Security Council meeting.
Surprisingly it was Russia who objected to the removal of the observers, perhaps feeling that having them in country was a way to convince themselves they were doing something.
An explosion outside the hotel where the observers had been staying was apparently the final straw as they are there to simply watch and not be blown to pieces.
“This is certainly a blow, of sorts, to the mission in the country. Actually I guess it’s kind of an end to the mission entirely. It appears that the United Nations has more or less given up on Syria as a whole and allowed them to go back to whatever it was they were doing before people started paying attention and watching them the whole time. I’m sure some people will like that,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “I mean they might as well have ended it earlier. I’ve been to that hotel in Damascus and I can tell you that the view is not great at all. Sure, you can see the tops of buildings but that is not the same as being there on the ground seeing things first hand. I mean can you imagine going there as a tourist and sitting in your hotel the whole time? A waste of time and money.”
While there has been some violence to observe in Damascus, the bulk has been in other cities which of course are impossible to see from the hotel.
“I mean the reality is that they weren’t really getting much done sitting around in a hotel. Maybe some good card games but that isn’t what they are being paid for, not really and if they weren’t going to be able to do their jobs then it just makes sense to pull them out,” continued Gershwin. “Besides there is only so much that they can actually observe after awhile. People are getting shot and being blown up, I think pretty much everyone knows that already. Eventually it just has to become more of the same over and over again and continuing to watch it really doesn’t help anyone.”
Observers were asked to make sure that they looked carefully for all their stuff upon leaving the hotel as Syrian lost and found has a tendency to explode.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent