A few tweets from the timeline of the grand doyenne of ‘humanitarian intervention’:
And in contrast, what actual aid/humanitarian/relief agencies are saying about the effects on the ground of potential military strikes:
‘If you’re talking about five million people displaced internally and two million people who are now refugees in neighbouring countries; if you have one million refugee children who are now away from their homes and their schools, this is already a dramatic situation. So imagine if this is to be compounded by a military strike? It will only add to the suffering’.
‘There is a clear risk that governments ratcheting up the rhetoric and preparing for military intervention could make the situation in Syria worse. More than 100,000 lives have already been lost and nearly two million people have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. Any further escalation of the conflict could increase serious and life-threatening risks for civilians, and further undermine regional stability’.
‘We believe that a political solution is the only way to achieve lasting peace for the Syrian people. If an air strike is announced, the number of people fleeing Syria will increase dramatically, with catastrophic effects on the already desperate humanitarian situation in neighbouring countries. An escalation in military engagement within Syria will worsen an already precarious humanitarian situation’.
Yves Daccord, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, 29/08/2013
I know whose word i’m going to take on these matters, although I don’t think that Power has it completely wrong. Maybe it is a good idea for people to act to stop outrages where at all possible, including the one that her gang of ‘humanitarian’ cut-throats are planning in Syria.