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More Than Half Of All Syrian Citizens Have Been Forced Out Of Their Homes


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Cal
- 84 days ago - thinkprogress.org
The United Nations announced on Friday that more than have of all citizens in Syria have had to flee their home during the three year-long civil war with the result being a record three million Syrians housed as refugees around the region.



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Kerry Fowler (22)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 3:29 am
Truly heart-breaking. But thanks for the info.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 4:45 am
Sadly noted.
 

Winn Adams (199)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 6:48 am
What a tragedy . . . .
 

Natally Klaric (65)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 7:32 am
It is very sad.
 

Natasha Salgado (563)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 8:59 am
Horrible and just sad that really hardly anyone seems to care.
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 9:14 am
I often wonder why we have a United Nations, with a peace-keeping force that is never actually used. When I was a child, well, actually until both men died, I enjoyed Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov's science fiction. I thought them both more prescient than fiction writers. Both envisioned a future in which Earth had a world government, a parliamentary system with representatives elected from every nation and a Prime Minister, of course. Sometimes those visions included inter-galactic components, but in those in which the system was simply Earth, it made such perfect sense. The world government (which given our global economy makes more sense by the day) handled all world wide business and legislation protecting the rights of all Earth citizens. Local governments, in each nation, would still exist but would control only matters within their own borders. There would be a global standing military force to ensure the peace and that the rights of all citizens were protected. Wouldn't that be a wonderful solution now? It would end the infinite number of insurrections and local wars going on across the planet now. ISIS could not do what it is doing, Russia could not do what it is doing. The United States could not do what IT is doing. Those matters would be handled by the global forces. I don't see any viable alternative to such a system in the long run other than continuing what we have now which is horrible in most places in the world and deadly in many. We could fix that, we could stop that, we could change all that - if we had the will and foresight Robert and Isaac had in the 40's through the early 90's. Why don't we? We certainly haven't anything to lose...
 

Sue H. (7)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 9:29 am
How is this acceptable??
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 12:27 pm
Gene--as always, you're my hero! WHERE IS THE UN?
 

Birgit W. (150)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 1:39 pm
My heart goes out to all the suffering people.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 2:09 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Yes, this is a terrible situation and very depressing to learn. If only Gene's comment could become a reality!
 

Leanne B. (28)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 4:40 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks Cal.
 

Darren Woolsey (97)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 11:40 pm
Gene makes a very good point about a United Nations, that's acting rather like a reporting club. Isn't the purpose of the UN to unite and help out?
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 1:15 am
This is a humanitarian tragedy which appears to have no solution as long as Russia and China exercise their veto in the security council at the UN to take no action whereby hamstringing the UN.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 1:52 am
sadly noted thanks
 

David E. (87)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 4:37 am
The UN is good for when there is a natural disaster. Worthless when it comes to man-made disasters - like civil wars. It is very politicized so it so depends who the players are.
 
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