...and so the story lines of the still developing humanitarian disaster in northern Syria will add to the chronicles of our times and the predicament - the displacements, the deaths and the injuries of yet another people, thus confirming another failing of humanity in the Levant.
Even while the pages of recent tragedies in Iraq, in Yemen, in the said Syria and elsewhere remain open, humanity is now confronted by what could materialize as a major suffering of the Kurdish people occupying northern Syria brought to wrought by the withdrawal of protective United States (US) troops and the advancement of Turkish forces under the disguise of creating a "safe zone" within Syria.
That this humanitarian nightmare, which could displace some 450,000 people, was preventable, stands as an unforgivable embarrassment to the loyalty of allied relations, a degradation of democracy and a failing of humanity.
Conflicts from Afghanistan, to Iraq and to Syria have created humanitarian crises in recent years spilling thousands of refugees into Europe and elsewhere. Turkey's operation "safe zone" will be another affirming yet another humanitarian failing that could have been averted. But these are the times of populists, isolationists and broken covenants. Yet, they need not be if enough good people could stand for loyalty, for justice, for life and for peace.