“Death. That night I saw death” were the first devastating words eight-year-old Tasnim said to me. Sitting in the sparsely furnished tent that is now home to Tasnim, four of her siblings, her mother Rawa and uncle Kindeh since fleeing Syria less than a month ago, Tasnim fixes me with an intense stare and explains she wants me to hear her “1 million per cent true” story of surviving the massacre at Ghouta on the night of 21 August 2013, the chemical attack that shocked the world.
Much has been written about the findings of the United Nations report into the chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta area outside of Damascus on August 21, but there is one key piece of evidence contained in the report that stands out.
Three more points about David Aaronovitch’s brilliant article in The Times today (pay wall), about which I commented this morning.
Labour supported Mr Kerry for president in 2004 (maybe Ed, in the US and silent during the Iraq war, even campaigned for him), they backed Mr Obama in 2008 and 2012, and celebrated when Mr Hollande [...]
David Aaronovitch has said what he thinks about Ed Miliband in The Times today (pay wall). It is all coruscating and excoriating, but these passages give you the main idea:
Mr Miliband could have accepted the government motion last week and taken the credit for getting a proper process established before action …
[But he] intuited that [...]
A paragraph of exquisite dryness from Janan Ganesh in his column in the Financial Times today, in which he notes the resilience of the doctrine of intervention promulgated in his Chicago 1999 speech by Tony Blair:
Perhaps his greatest victory has been in influencing the British politicians who have succeeded him. True, Ed Miliband, the Labour [...]
The Telegraph front-page lead today is on the increasing pressure for another vote in the House of Commons on Syria. As Robert Hutton will tell you, “increasing pressure” is journalese for “not going to happen”.
As I wrote in The Independent on Sunday, the fundamental point about Thursday’s Government defeat is that there is not and [...]
As the Syrian conflict grows ever deadlier for the country’s civilians, some two million people, a tenth of the population, have now fled as refugees, half of them children. Since mid-August, a human tide of some 46,250 refugees have poured into northern Iraq.
Am I right in saying that, after Barack Obama promised on 13 June to provide “direct military support” to the Syrian Supreme Military Council after evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons in the spring, no US weapons have been supplied to the opposition?
I can find a report of John Kerry, Secretary of State, repeating [...]
In all the expression of known views about Syria (mostly “I was opposed to the Iraq war”), few seem to have addressed what seems to be the main argument of Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Their argument is not, as it was last time (June), that we should try to tip the balance in [...]
Nick Clegg has set out his latest piece of semantic hypocrisy (last one here). According to a Liberal Democrat news release, he was asked:
You opposed the intervention in Iraq. There was evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Saddam. You opposed intervention against him. Why are you, as a party, now supporting intervention against [...]
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