Syria is a war against humanity: We must defend ourselves

Assad and Putin attack the weak because we are afraid to be strong


Tobias Ellwood, the government’s minister for the Middle East, sent the following Tweet today to the Russian Ambassador:

The ferocity of those crimes is escalating by the hour, but they have been ongoing for years. As crimes against humanity, they are attacks not just on Syrians but on the common security of us all.

A UK minister should not be pleading with a representative of a joint criminal enterprise for mercy. We should be defending our common humanity, our shared security, robustly and relentlessly.

There are still people alive to be saved: on the run in Aleppo, under siege in Madaya and the suburbs of Damascus, in prisons across Syria. There are many possible actions that we and others have proposed that haven’t been attempted by our government.

We haven’t seen UK airdrops, even to areas away from the Russian focus of operations such as Madaya which is only minutes from Syria‘s border.

We haven’t seen RAF surveillance drones make their presence felt over hospitals and other civilian targets to deter war crimes.

We haven’t seen the UK track and publicly identify aircraft committing war crimes and publicly identify officers and officials with command responsibility.

We haven’t seen any sanctions against Russian individuals implicated in war crimes. We haven’t seen any sanctions against Iranian airlines resupplying Assad.

We haven’t allowed our much discussed prospective allies against ISIS, the Free Syrian Army, to have the means to defend themselves and their fellow Syrians against Assad’s and Putin’s air attacks.

We haven’t done anything to constrain Assad’s ongoing chemical attacks, despite the fact that Israel has regularly enforced its own red lines by carrying out air strikes against Assad and Hezbollah forces.

Assad and Putin’s mode of operation is to attack the weakest: to attack hospitals, schools, and aid workers. They are free to attack the weak because we are afraid to be strong.

This is a war against humanity, a war against every law and convention that keeps us secure. We must defend ourselves now and end Assad’s and Putin’s slaughter.

Kellie Strom is an activist with Syria Solidarity UK, a grassroots solidarity group of Syrian and UK activists. Email [email protected]

See: Peter Tatchell: Aleppo is today’s Guernica. Where is Labour?

As you’re here, we have something to ask you. What we do here to deliver real news is more important than ever. But there’s a problem: we need readers like you to chip in to help us survive. We deliver progressive, independent media, that challenges the right’s hateful rhetoric. Together we can find the stories that get lost.

We’re not bankrolled by billionaire donors, but rely on readers chipping in whatever they can afford to protect our independence. What we do isn’t free, and we run on a shoestring. Can you help by chipping in as little as £1 a week to help us survive? Whatever you can donate, we’re so grateful - and we will ensure your money goes as far as possible to deliver hard-hitting news.

3 Responses to “Syria is a war against humanity: We must defend ourselves”

  1. GodfreyR

    Both sides are as bad as each other. We have no place in this civil war.

  2. Michael WALKER

    “We haven’t seen UK airdrops, even to areas away from the Russian focus of operations such as Madaya which is only minutes from Syria‘s border.”

    As Russia have air superiority, airdrops are risking planes being shot down UNLESS they are made with full Russian co-operation.

    This article appear written by someone who thinks airdrops are easy to do. They are not easy in a warzone when the Russians and Syrians have overwhelming air superiority and will be very twitchy about other aircraft.

    I would have respect for this article if it was written with an eye to reality. It is totally unrealistic.. Does the author think Russia will co-operate with us when we are at odds at nearly everything?

  3. Mike Stallard

    Virtue signalling alert!

Comments are closed.