Christian Science Monitor
January 9, 2013
Hope of finding an international consensus to ending Syriaâ€™s civil war usually focuses on the political and military. Will the anti-Assad opposition coalition ever be a viable alternative? Will rebels ever take a major city?
Waiting for answers to such questions has only frustrated those wishing for peace and democracy in a country of 23 million at the heart of the Middle East. But as sometimes happens in a conflict, a consensus can be more easily found when there is a cry for humanitarian aid. A collective and compassionate response then provides an opening to discuss the really difficult issues.
On Tuesday, the United Nations warned that its food aid can no longer reach an estimated 1 million Syrians who have been internally displaced by fighting. With a winter setting in and bread prices nearly six times the norm, this plea should not be ignored by countries currently at odds over Syriaâ€™s future.