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The big powers' UN squabble reveals their phoney tears for syria

Issue No. 2523

Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon in Cyprus where British planes are launching to bomb Syria

Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon in Cyprus where British planes are launching to bomb Syria (Pic: Crown Copyright)


The US, Britain and Russia squabbled at the United Nations on Monday about who was to blame for the latest atrocities in Syria.

Meanwhile, both sides tore up a phoney ceasefire agreement.

The US, British and French ambassadors stormed out of the UN. Britain’s ambassador accused Russia and Syria of war crimes.

In truth all of these powers—and the Syrian regime—have blood on their hands. All have pretended to care for people in Syria but put their own state interests first.

And the foul hypocrisy isn’t confined to Syria.

In Yemen the Saudi regime is bombing civilians using weapons made in Britain.

Tory foreign secretary Boris Johnson has just withheld British support for a UN-backed “independent inquiry” into the war, effectively scuppering it.

A leaked memo from Britain’s Committee on Arms Exports Control earlier this month said that because of alleged human rights abuses “it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia”.

But the British state approved £3.3 billion worth of arms sales to the Saudi regime in the first year of the war and has supported it since.

Our rulers have no problem in backing forces that carry out war crimes if the criminals are acting in their interests.

One thing is certain, more bombing will only deepen the horror in Syria.


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