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Lacking Enforcement Powers - the UN is Limited to Effecting Peace

On Saturday, the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) passed a resolution demanding a 30-day lull  "without delay" in the Syrian conflict. By Sunday, Bashar al Assad's forces had killed another 22 civilians in Eastern Ghouta and another nine by this morning, in spite of the UN resolution.

The Syrian government's blatant disregard, with Russian support, of international law and of UN resolutions, clearly underscores the ineffectiveness of the international body to bring about peace because it lacks enforcement powers. 

While the UN has historically entered conflict zones to maintain and to sustain peace, it unfortunately lacks the enforcement power to establish the peace. And knowing this, Bashar al Assad has continued his assault upon innocents in Eastern Ghouta over the weekend and into early this morning, bringing the total deaths in the besieged enclave of some 400,000 people to 541 in the last eight-days, including a number of children.

However, international pressure placed upon Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein-in his ally Assad, could result in a truce taking hold in Syria, thus allowing for much needed humanitarian and medical aid to reach 5.6 million people across the country who are in acute need of assistance.

The BBC-News just reported that Putin has greenlighted daily breaks in fighting to accommodate humanitarian aid delivery. But daily breaks are not sufficient since the UN resolution calls for a 30-day ceasefire so that aid-workers and aid-needy people could work and be treated in relative safety from air and artillery strikes.

That humanitarian relief to so many suffering people and children has had to wait for Russian approval is preposterous hereby confirming the limits of the UN to effecting peace.