U.S. should provide additional humanitarian aid to Syria

Published on February 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM · No Comments

"As Syria burns, Washington has begun a debate over the supply of humanitarian assistance to the millions displaced, injured or penniless from civil war," Morton Abramowitz, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a former ambassador to Turkey, writes in an opinion piece in The Atlantic. He summarizes differing arguments about whether humanitarian aid should be "provided for -- and even through -- the opposition to Bashar al-Assad," or whether "aid must flow freely to all in need." He continues, "The biggest humanitarian problem is not so much who controls the aid, but rather how much aid there is -- an amount which, as it turns out, is grossly insufficient." Abramowitz says the money recently pledged at a U.N. fundraising conference "is only good for the next six months," adding, "The U.S., simply, will have to provide far more than ... it has promised."

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