Saturday, August 31, 2013

Caution Urged as Western Powers Mull Military Strikes in Syria

Emotions on Syria are running high with the revelation that chemical weapons were used in Ghouta, eastern Damascus, on 21 August, causing between 300 to 1,000 victims. France has indicated that it is ready to punish those responsible and the US has prepared its military for an imminent strike. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have pledged to support military action against Assad. Pressure from the media has been mounting as President Obama’s critics hold him to his “red line” with respect to the employment of chemical weapons in Syria. Yet before America heads into another war, the position of international law and a clarification of key facts is called for.

My full analysis of the implications of military strikes on Syria under international and US law is made available by the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation at this link.

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