The Pity of War

The Pity of War
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Around eighty five thousand children have died of starvation in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The conflict in the nature of a tribal one overlaid by the geopolitical ambitions of Iran and Saudi Arabia grinds on as the international community watches as a mute spectator and the states that have an axe to grind in it do not back off from their respective positions of truculence. The ultimate sufferers and those who are paying ultimate prices for a conflict not of their making are the people of the blighted region, especially its children. All this is happening against generic chaos and breakdown in the wider Middle East. States and nations that matter and who can actually be arbiters of peace in Yemen merely look at the Middle East as a piece in the grand chess board of politics in the region, rearranging their policies, strategies and stratagems in accord with their respective interests. The major , principled consideration of humanitarianism are shelved and sacrificed at the crude altar of geopolitical interests and crude raison d’etat. The result has been devastation, depredation, misery and death of such nature and magnitude in Yemen that should , ideally, jolt and shock, the conscience of the world. Either the world and its peoples have become so cynical or self absorbed that they don’t even care for the innocent and vulnerable children who continue to die in great numbers in the region. Or, there is some other insalubrious dynamic at work. What more would it take for the world to awaken from deep slumber than starvation deaths of just under a hundred thousand children? Has humanity plumbed such a low that it actually ceases to care just because Yemeni children are different in terms of their religion, color and creed? To prevent further deaths and to bring peace to Yemen, the peoples of the world must wake up and enjoin their states to do something about it. While the United Nations has made some noises and efforts, but these are tepid. The august world body must redouble its efforts and bring all warring sides to the table. This must include the backers and supporters of these groups. A great humanitarian tragedy is panning out in Yemen whose major casualty, to repeat, have been and are children. It is about time that the world wakes up and does something about the conflict(war) in Yemen and save lives!.