Unless you have been living under a rock, you are likely aware that there is some serious trouble in Syria right now. They are engaged in a civil war and as military technology standards today, a civil war can get exceptionally violent and bloody. Among the locations there, Aleppo has been at the forefront of much of the violence. Once the largest city in Syria, it is now a terrifying warzone where people live in constant fear. Of course, an organization called the “White Helmets” is stepping in to help mitigate this. No, white helmets isn’t referring to something from Star Wars.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you might have noticed a documentary appear on the app titled “The White Helmets.” You also may have seen on your social network browsing that the White Helmets are up for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. With such attention, who exactly are these people. Officially part of a Civil Defense unit in Aleppo, this group of do-gooders are looking to make whatever difference they can in an otherwise unpredictable situation. Consisting of about 3,000 group members, their job is to make sure the victims in these terrible attacks have some hope of rescue and survival. Despite the dangerous situations, they rush in where no one else will and hope try to save as many lives as they can.
Around the middle of September, The US and Russia were actually able to work together and broker a cease fire over in Syria. Their collaborative efforts proved only temporary though and that treaty came to an end after only a week. Shortly after, Putin has spoken out that Russia is no longer interested in talks like this. In fact, it seems that he is not interested in anything to do with the Civil Defense force, as Russia has even reportedly bombed some of their headquarters. Cutting through the political propaganda machine, the reality is pretty simple: it’s a shit-show over there. America is sending over resources and playing both sides, using covert drone strikes to hit targets and even piling up the innocent body count. Meanwhile, Russian interests keep them involved as well. The result is not only trouble for Syria, but could lead to trouble for the rest of the world as well.
The easiest answer is to consider the tensions with Russia and the world as a whole. More important than this, jumping into the middle of an armed conflict can be difficult to say the least. In theory, the United Nations was designed to help alleviate problems like this. It could act as an intermediary and call for a truce while talks were done. Unfortunately, the UN never seems to get anything like this done. Instead, a more realistic hope is that the US will stop spending money to interfere and bomb these people and consider making serious inroads with Russia. Though diplomacy is still the long-shot, it is better than the tragedy that is taking place right now. In the meantime, at least members of the White Helmet group are doing what they can to help out those innocent victims.