The type of humanitarian intervention which Jon Snow, Alison McGovern and Hillary Benn advocate has been an unmitigated disaster.
|People flee rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsud area, controlled by Kurdish fighters.|
Writing in the Independent Mary Dejevsky posed this question:
Given that Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airpower, are currently advancing into rebel-held eastern Aleppo (and it is not clear who these rebels actually are), which is the more humane response? Is it for the US, the EU, the UK – or whoever – to call for a new ceasefire, to promise more weapons, even to dispatch (more) special forces to help those we still like to call “moderate” opposition forces on the ground? Or is it – brutal and heartless though this undoubtedly is – to leave well alone and let the inevitable happen sooner rather than later? Which response is more likely to curtail the death and destruction? Which is the more likely to save what remains of Syria’s second city and its inhabitants? Which has the better chance of ending Syria’s civil war? The answer should be obvious. Any or all elements of the first option will only prolong Aleppo’s agony.
Which has the better chance of ending Syria’s civil war? Is more western military intervention of the type Benn, McGovern, and Jon Snow advocate likely to stem the bloodbath, or even reverse the flow of refugees? Or should we finally recognise Assad and his allies are going to prevail and trying to impede them will only add to the bloodshed and prolong the war.
For some this will be a bitter pill to swallow but as we have seen from Ireland not all wars end as we might wish them too. In Ireland the leaders of Sinn Féin recognised they couldn't win their demands by continuing with their war and entered into negotiations under the terms of what became the Good Friday agreement. While it's outcome is not perfect it has stopped the blood running in the streets.
Only this week the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (Farc) signed a peace agreement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos. As that old rogue Churchill once said Jaw jaw, is better than War, war.
Sadly the Islamic militias in Syria will not enter talks with the Assad regime in a constructive manner which can end the war. Rather than compromise they would rather go down with a cry of "Allahu Akbar."
Over the last few months their backers in the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have refused to put the necessary pressure on them which would have forced them to the negotiating table.
Yet at the very time when it should be obvious to all the only viable option to end the war is a victory of the Assad forces there has been a crescendo of news stories about the need for the RAF to airdrop supplies into East Aleppo. Much of it being led in the mainstream media by the Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow. Over last few nights he's had various so called 'humanitarian interventionists' from the neoliberal camp on the programme, including arch Blairite David Miliband on the line from New York.
The one thing many of them have in common was their support for the Iraq war and occupation which set parts of North African and the Middle East ablaze.
Not once have they ever complained about George W Bush and Tony Blair's revolting shock and awe campaign, which rained down upon tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis the most powerful Blitzkrieg since WW2.
The weapons used were not dissimilar to those being used in Syria today, they included so called bunker busters which killed civilians sheltering from air raids, cruise missiles fired from off shore, and warplanes and tanks firing nearly depleted uranium rounds into the heart of Iraqi cities. Yet they had not a word to say about these war crimes.
Yes I have little doubt the Assad regime has committed war crimes but for the likes of Hillary Benn, Alison McGovern and others, some peoples war crimes are less important than others.
It's as if with the Syrian army, Kurdish militia and Hezbollah fighters taking back even more ground in Aleppo, the financiers and weapons providers of the Islamic militias who have controlled the east of the city since 2012, fear what the people might say when they're finally liberated.
Today thousands of east Aleppo residents have now managed to escape the iron gripe of the Islamic extremists who controlled their part of Aleppo, yet rather than rejoicing this fact, these war mongers who masquerade under the term 'humanitarian intervention' still chime on about the Assad regime, when there is a real opportunity to hold the Islamic militias to account before they flee toward Raqqa.
Whether Jon Snow and Labour MP's like Alison McGovern and Hilary Benn are naïve or deceitful you choose, but what is an uncontested fact, the type of humanitarian intervention which David Miliband, and they advocate has been an unmitigated disaster for the peoples of north Africa and the middle east.
We were told Iraq must be invaded and occupied because its leader Saddam Hussein was a tyrant who was a danger, not only to his own people, but also for the rest of us.
Iraq is now in ruins and no longer a secular State.
Colonel Gaddafi we were told in 2011 was on the brink of massacring his own people in Benghazi and Cameron and Sarkozy quickly appeared on their nation's respective TV screens and declared we must save them from Gaddafi's vengeful wraith. Within a week it was tallyho chocks off and the French and British air forces went to war.
In the process of this idiotic campaign they helped to destroy the very fabric of the Libyan state and society to such an extent it's now regarded as a failed state which is controlled by countless self aggrandising Islamic militias on the make. This is the hell-hole these Humanitarian Interventionists helped create just 469 miles from an EU border.
After 5 long years of Civil War in Syria, we have British MP's and the mainstream media using the same deceit and lies to pressure the UK government to become further embroiled in Syria at the very time when it looks like Al-Nusra Front, Isil and the various affiliated groups are on the cusp of defeat..
Perhaps we all need to ask, Why now?