In a few hours another UN-brokered cease fire is supposed to take effect in Syria. Don’t hold your breath.
This is just the latest in a series of would-be cease fires announced by the United Nations. The cease fires were supposed to stop the systematic killing of women and children, but the Syrian government has either ignored them or taken advantage of them. The UN announces that a cease fire will take effect in the future, and Syria continues to shell residential areas and murder civilians while the world waits to see if the cease fire will somehow take effect at the announced deadline. Then the deadline passes, the killing continues, and the whole “peace process” starts all over again.
The Syrian situation shows that the UN is a hollow shell that is effective only when the United States and its allies are pushing for action. Otherwise, its pronouncements are toothless, and its efforts to broker peace agreements are rejected by petty despots like Bashar al-Assad without fear of consequences. UN “cease fire” declarations are pathetic, like a punch line to a bad joke.
The sad thing is that the people of Syria may hear the latest declaration of a cease fire and hold out hope that the UN and the “world community” will actually do something to stop the violence. Their situation is bad enough without the UN raising their hopes for peace and then dashing them, again and again and again.