Say No to Canadian War Pigs 'R2P' On Syria!
We Must Act Now in Syria Or Pay Later - by Hugh Segal
"It is time to ask ourselves whether Syria will be our generation's Czechoslovakia. But foreign powers and a brutal Syrian military are deeply involved in the killing of thousands. Aside from pious declarations and failed attempts by UN observers, the world stands idly by. Children and mothers massacred, tortured and used as human shields by government forces. The world stands by. Apartment blocks shelled until all arre dead. We stand by.
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's courageous and sincere efforts were used by President Bashar al Assad to buy more time and kill more people. Armed by Iran and Russia, and protected by the UN Security Council vetoes wielded by China and Russia, Mr al Assad, his army and armed thugs have become the poster boys for brutal impunity.
If the UN is paralyzed, that is an institutional issue. If the world uses that paralysis as over to avoid responsibility, that is a moral issue and a deep abdication. That a Western and hopefully Arab League-led intervention will be hard, complex and messy is a given. Important gestures of humanity and civility usually are.
Standing by and watching is not hard, complex or messy. It is simply criminal. And it says to Iran, Russia, China and their client states that there is really no one with the 'responsibility to protect' anyone else from atrocities or state-sponsored mass and lethal violence. And that is how the dogs of war and global violence are truly unleashed - as they were when Czechoslovakia was ceded to the Nazis decades ago without a fight.
Syria is the canary in the coal mine..."
We must act now indeed. Stop the war pigs! No to imperialist war on Syria!