After considerable pressure from the UN aid agencies, two aid convoys have been allowed into the town to distribute food and blankets. The UN reportedly said that it has received credible reports of several people dying of starvation in the rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, where about 40,000 people have been trapped.
The media are, of course, wheeling out the starving cheeldren for the press photographers to snap so they can tug at our heart strings and bring out the begging bowl. Well, they’re getting bugger all from me and I’ll tell you why. It’s because they’re all missing the point!
It’s a siege FFS!.
Here’s the dictionary definition : “The act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.”
If the people of Madaya – and the other besieged cities in Syria – are starving, that’s the whole idea. Resistance is weakened to the point where the defending forces surrender. Town taken by attackers. Job done. End of…
By pushing aid into Madaya they are extending the agony and actually making it worse for the inhabitants. They are prolonging the siege. Better that the defenders accept defeat and then the civilians can get fed and watered and get on with their lives.