Understandably reluctant to get entangled in foreign adventures after the war in Iraq, Barack Obama’s administration has been so keen to make a break with the past that it has failed over Syria to recognise that inaction often has deadlier consequences than action.
According to the dictum attributed to Edmund Burke, all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Yet evil will triumph even more easily if good men help the evil-doers. In the Syrian civil war, with more than 80,000 dead and no end in sight, that is what the European Union has been doing, by upholding an arms embargo on the supply of weapons to all sides.
Posted in Multilateral Foreign Policy
Also tagged al Qaeda, Bashar al-Assad, civil war, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, François Hollande, free syrian army, intervention, John Major, Srebrenica, the balkans
Torture devices and evidence of abuse have been found in government-controlled prisons in the city of Raqqa, the first city to come under the control of the opposition, a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims.
Despite the fact that Carla del Ponte, a former prosecutor for U.N. tribunals investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has talked only of “suspicions” regarding the Syrian opposition’s possible use of chemical weapons, her comments have gained a lot of attention over the weekend.
Cameron is right. Continued engagement with the rebels, especially around this sensitive time, will eventually bring results.
The international community has so far failed to fulfill its full duties towards the Syrian people. This must change.
We will be presenting a petition calling upon the government to support the Syrian people using all possible political, diplomatic and economic means.
Carl Packman writes a letter to George Galloway, reminding him of his record as, to quote the the prime minister, a supporter of “brutal Arab dictators”.
Posted in Clean Politics
Also tagged Bashar al-Assad, George Galloway, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Islamist extremism, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Saddam Hussein, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, torture, war crimes
David Cameron today pressed China and Russia to act on Syria as $1.5bn was pledged for the UN aid operation and more unspeakable horror was uncovered in Aleppo.
The general conversation on Syria has been rather quiet of late; and Syria has noticed. One Syrian blogger in Homs, referenced by CNN, recently noted that attempts by the international community are too little, too late, saying: “Syrians are doing things on their own and no one will help them.” Rebels resisting their government’s terrorism [...]
Peter Lesniak is an independent foreign affairs analyst, concentrating on the Middle East and North Africa. Having previously worked in parliament with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues he currently works in the LibDem International Office. Peter is also a Director of Communications at Bite the Ballot Ltd. Some say that it’s been a rather unusual start of [...]