You’ve come this far, so that means you do care. That’s good news. Even better – now there’s a way for you to help.
Author, columnist and CNN Commentator S.E. Cupp is best known as the clear thinking, eloquent, conservative voice waging daily war on the battlefield of ideas. She’s also become a leading and relentless voice on the plight of the Syrian people suffering from a devastating five-year civil war, and has started an organization committed to keeping this issue at the forefront.
Not only does she continue to write compelling pieces designed to stir hearts, such as this one on CNN.com, Cupp has taken direct action as well. She created Help Me Go Home for the sole purpose of raising awareness and making sure politicians know the public is demanding some kind of action. Specifically, they believe creating safe zones in Syria is both the most politically and logistically doable short term solution to this crisis.
In a newly released podcast, Cupp tells Faithwire.com that advocacy for people suffering thousands of miles away isn’t the most sellable cause – but she doesn’t care. As a mom, she explains, she simply cannot sit by and do nothing as tends of thousands of innocent people, especially children, continue to die.
It’s hard to imagine how so many people can view powerful images, like this one of a young child being pulled from the rubble of an airstrike, and prefer talking about something as relatively insignificant as tax code or Trump’s latest Twitter tirade.
— Kenan Rahmani كنان (@KenanRahmani) November 22, 2016
“Sometimes I’ll get on Twitter and they’ll be ‘please stop talking about this. Go back to talking about Seinfeld and politics.'” Cupp says. “Foreign policy in general is a tough sell in getting people’s attention. People are understandably more concerned with what’s going on in their own backyard, in their own households, in their own little circle then they are with what’s happening a world away, I get that. At the same time, never in history have we had a genocide unfold in plain view, because of technology and social media. We can see what’s happening on the ground in real-time. We’ve watched 500,000 people die and the international community has done very little to stop that, and are now pondering ways to do even less. It’s unprecedented and remarkable.”
Cupp says she’s not coming at this from a republican or political lens and grew tired of people only bringing up Syria to talk about the ‘bad ones’ among the refugees, attempting to score political points. Now that the election is over, Cupp remains optimistic the public will give this crisis the proper attention it needs and deserves.
Cupp explained the humanitarian thing to do is create and lobby for safe zones in Syria so people don’t have to leave the country, and the rest of the world doesn’t have the issue of dealing with a mass influx of refugees.
The safe zone measures allegedly have strong bi-partisan support, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump saying they’d back the idea. President Barack Obama is one of the few who have not favored safe zones, claiming it would take boots on the ground within Syria to protect them. Cupp disagrees, and speculates the real reason Obama won’t support the measure is because Obama is avoiding taking any action he believes will appear to mirror interventionist policies similar to that of former President George W. Bush.
The situation is more dire than ever before, with the most intense bombing of the entire war happening in the past week. Over 300 people have died, and the last remaining hospital in Aleppo was recently destroyed in an airstrike. People can’t plead ignorance either – there’s so much video coming in real-time:
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 21, 2016
There’s literally no place for rescue workers to take the injured and the wounded. Something needs to be done right now, before more innocent people – especially children – needlessly lose their life.
According to Cupp, Whether people are willing to admit it or not, there is a national security crisis coming. These bombings are not going to stop. If no safe zones are created, more refugees will flee the country and continue to overwhelm already swamped neighbors.
It’s gut check time. Will America step up and help? Or remain silent. If you choose the former – here’s a great place to start: