Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Middle East Institute (MEI) titled, Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today. Experts presented the background story and history of the many nations who banded together to protect and deliver a religious minority in the Middle East from total annihilation in 1991. At the time of the turmoil, many fled their homes with as little as the clothing on their back from the threat of war and terror. Experts focused in on the paramountcy of nations coming together at the time of a crisis to produce help, aid, and a safe haven for people in dire need of humanitarian relief on a massive scale. Experts went into detail of the many lessons learned from the project from its defeats and accomplishments that allowed them to ultimately save the religious minority.
Experts spoke of the change in attitude from the people they were sent to help from being very uneasy when seeing a soldier to finally embracing them three months later when the work was done. Experts were asked how can they effectively get the stories like these and many other issues in front of the general public. The recommended was to research more into think tank publications, research centers and really making an effort to search for stories published by professors, scholars and trusted sources. Shirazi Foundation researcher talked with a panelist about various aspects of the presentation, while offering experts in attendance a suggestion to look into the role that human rights plays in conflicts, intrastate with foreign actors.