Nobel Peace Prize Winner Martti Ahtisaari in a piece written for The Guardian, argues that “the alarming events of the past week have reminded us of the severe costs of inaction. Suspicion of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, along with the escalation of fighting on several fronts, needs to be taken seriously. Not only because the international community agrees on the prohibition of chemical weapons, but most of all, because of the extensive suffering the attacks and years of warfare have inflicted on Syrian civilians.”
While arguing that he believes in the UN, he stresses that it needs to examine its conscience over Syria. In a rather stern warning, he adds that the security council has focused on political point-scoring rather than on ending the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.