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Q. Chemical attack in Syria: Discuss the issue of recent chemical attack in the provinces of Syria.
Apr 06, 2017 Related to : GS Paper- 2

Ans :

Introduction-

The recent chemical attack in Idlib province of Syria has killed at least 72 people. The people of Syria have suffered a lot over the past six years and this recent attack has once again displayed barbarism of Syria’s civil war. The heartbreaking images of dead and injured children have triggered global outrage and calls for international action.

Issue-

  • It has been believed that more than 400,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the crisis broke out.
  • Syria has witnessed multiple chemical attacks for which both the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the jihadists were held to blame.

Analysis-

  • The continued violence and the regime not shoving any real interest in settling the crisis, even hopes for peace and normal life look difficult. The Idlib is a rebel-held province where the regime is currently carrying out air strikes.
  • The needle of suspicion for recent chemical attack points towards the regime whose murderous nature has been exposed several times in the past six years. Because activists in Idlib province and Western governments have claimed the regime used chemical agents.
  • If it is true, then Asad regime has not only committed a war crime but also violated a major international agreement. The USA and Russia had agreed to remove Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. As part of the deal, 1,300 tonnes of chemical agents were shipped out of Syria and destroyed. 
  • In this backdrop the question has raised that where did the latest chemical weapons come from? Syria had either hidden some of the stockpiles or clandestinely developed such weapons after the deal was reached both serious violations.
  • Hence the actions Syrian government reflects that it neither respects the fundamental human rights of its people nor cares about the international agreements it has entered into.

Conclusion-

The real crisis of Syria is that its regime is acting with a sense of impunity, as it enjoys blank security cheque the Russian governments. In the backdrop of recent chemical attack, the international community could not hold Assad regime to account for its actions at any point of the Syrian war, which worsened with the involvement of other regional powers, hence the latest chemical attack should be a wake-up call for all these countries.


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