Marie Colvin’s killing reminds us how brutal the Syrian regime is. How it will murder anyone that opposes it by virtue of their words or actions. Marie Colvin is a victim like thousands of dead Syrians who have died over the past year.
The murderous events in Syria should remind us how little we have learnt since Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia. It is a standard text amongst Western children on the nature of the 1930s, aggressive dictators and the failure of the West to stop them, yet it could be rewritten in terms of 21st century Syria.
Despite a year of merciless murder, the slaughter of civilians and numerous war crimes the West has done little to stop the carnage in Syria.
There has been plenty of hand wringing, a lot of coughing and arguments trotted out that would shame a 1930′s isolationist by their naiveté, repetition and cynicism.
Hugh Dixon looks at some of the issues, in How to help the Syrians.
Marie Colvin’s last piece ‘We live in fear of a massacre’.
Marie Colvin’s November 2010 speech on the importance of war reporting.
We can only hope that in 20 years from now that children are taught the lessons of not allowing dictators and murderous regimes to slaughter civilians whilst the world looks on. I am not that optimistic.