- Feb 27, 2010
Staffan di Mistura, the UN representative says it is "another Srebenica, another Rwanda", incessant bombardment by Russian and Syrian planes of a city full of people is killing civilians, women and children for the reason that there are "terrorists" among them.
Excuse me? Isn't that the justification Israel gives for its bombardments of Gaza which (rightly) provoke anger and condemnation?
In Aleppo, bunker-busting bombs are being dropped on civilian targets, including hospitals, deliberately to destroy any infrastructure that might offer come comfort and relief. Last month a relief convoy for Aleppo was bombed from the air.
Where is the anger and condemnation of Syria and Russia? Even if Aleppo is captured it will be a battered ruin, and 30% of the country will still be in rebel hands, territory the Assad regime will not be able to re-capture without major slaughter. The suspicion here is that the intent is genocidal and punitive, not a case of military necessity.
But where is the Irish voice of outrage? Is the country not ready to send a message to Russia and Syria that bombing of civilians must stop?
Yes, I know both Russia and the Assad regime have their supporters, but surely this targeting of Aleppo goes beyond what is appropriate action to bring peace to Syria?
The Irish Anti-War Movement have called a protest meeting on October 19th at 5:30pm outside Dail Eireann.