UN DECLARES SYRIAN DICTATOR IS GUILTY OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY – Yesterday Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General declared that Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad is guilty of crimes against humanity.
Whilst the news was damning enough the Secretary-General did not state that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on 21 August this year.
With Western nations still threatening Assad with military strikes the Secretary-General’s remarks might, in some way, add strength to their campaign of getting the UN to agree on such action.
With the Syrian conflict raging, and despite the Secretary-General’s comments, more atrocities have been uncovered; not by Assad but by the Syrian Rebels. Yesterday’s news report of beheading’s in front of children has left many people wondering if the west should become involved in the Syrian bloodbath.
Despite the U.S reporting that they have firm evidence that Assad was responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Damascus the UN is now waiting on a report from the UN inspectors.
It is almost a foregone conclusion that the UN inspectors will confirm that chemical weapons were used and indeed the type of nerve agent. However the UN inspectors have no mandate to uncover who was responsible.
In the meantime Assad and the Rebels continue to blame one another and the Russians and Iran remain adamant that Assad was not the perpetrator of this crime.
Ake Sellstrom, the lead UN inspector, has told The Associated Press that a detailed report would be delivered to the UN Secretary-General during this weekend.
Earlier in the week U.S lawmakers were given U.S intelligence reports on the evidence they have assimilated, including transcripts of intercepted communications between Syrian officials that purportedly reveal a discussion on the chemical weapons attack; both before and after the event. This, according to U.S officials is the smoking gun; however the U.S refuses to release details of the transcripts sighting national security.
Such a move by the UN Secretary-General and the U.S can only be viewed with suspicion. The U.S talks of concrete proof but refuses to supply such evidence; something they were all too keen to do in the lead up to invading Iraq.
Secretary-General remarks on ‘crimes against humanity’ will undoubtedly strike a chord but one has to wonder why both the U.S and Britain remain unquestioned over the atrocities in Iraq.
It appears that the UN and the west are taking the moral high-ground without any right considering its illegal incursion into Iraq that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people; both Iraqi and coalition troops.
With yesterday’s news of the Syrian troops being executed by Syrian Rebels I wonder when, if ever, the Secretary-General will come out to publicly admonish their crimes.