Avaaz call for a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria.

Avaaz describe themselves as a ‘global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere’, and are fairly well known within human rights and development circles.

They had previously used their reach and status to drum up support for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya (a call which was ultimately realised, to disasterous effect), and this isn’t the first time they’ve called for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Syria either.

Their work within Syria itself has attracted controversy, with  Jillian C. York accusing them of being ‘naive’, among other things (lacking transparency, taking credit for work they haven’t carried out, potentially endangering lives, etc).

They’ve now reiterated their call for a ‘no-fly zone’ over Syria, in response to alleged chlorine gas attacks carried out by Syrian regime forces.

I just want to quickly outline why I think their call is misguided at best.

From their appeal:

‘The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering a safe zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support. That’s where we come in.

Let’s tell him we don’t want a world that just watches as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night. We want action’.


(Emphasis mine)

What is this if it’s not an open admission that – at least in this case – Avaaz see their role as helping to drum up public support for U.S. foreign policy?

And will they be publicising the fact that U.S. led bombing has already caused at least 100+ civilian deaths in Syria? Will these deadly raids, which themselves have shattered far too many ‘little bodies’, be prohibited under the ‘no-fly zone’ as well?

Realistically of course, they won’t be. Because it’s the people who have caused these deaths that are being entrusted with enforcing the ‘no-fly zone’ by Avaaz.

And that enforcement will almost certainly require a significant escalation in airstrikes, with all the risks to civilians on the ground that this entails.

General Carter Ham, the head of AFRICOM when the ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya was being enforced, has said for example:

‘We should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties and increased risk to our own personnel’.


While Philip Breedlove, the senior General within NATO, has said:

‘ I know it sounds stark, but what I always tell people when they talk to me about a no-fly zone is . . . it’s basically to start a war with that country because you are going to have to go in and kinetically take out their air defense capability’.


Indeed, the U.S. themselves have openly said that ‘rules meant to temper the civilian death toll from unmanned U.S. drones won’t apply in the fight against terrorists in Iraq and Syria’, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in their ability or willingness to avoid civilian casualties.

Nor does their history of committing, facilitating and supporting almost continuous mass murder and repression around the globe for the last 70 years.

Which is why I for one won’t be joining Avaaz’s campaign to drum up public support for more predatory U.S. led mass murder disguised as ‘humanitarianism’ a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria.

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17 Responses to Avaaz call for a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria.

  1. Craig says:

    Thank you for posting this. I got an email request to sign their petition this morning. How discusting and I told them they should be ashamed. I find it hard to believe that they aren’t working directly for Obama’s propoganda agency.

  2. marc says:

    So, just a bunch of “dangerously naïve” people who enjoy spending their time dumming er drumming up “grassroots” support for US militarism and Imperialism …Sure….Isn’t it “dangerously naïve” to not assume this group is a US govt. backed and supported group doing the same thing online that NED and USAID are doing in every other way? That this group Avaaz is the same bunch of state department whores working the humanitarian imperialism corner ?

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  4. Eva Bartlett says:

    Reblogged this on In Gaza and commented:
    SEE ALSO THIS DETAILED EXPOSE ON AVAAZ AND THEIR DIRECT TIES TO EMPIRE-BUILDING, SOVEREIGN-NATION DESTROYING GEORGE SOROS AND CO! http://theartofannihilation.com/avaaz-imperialist-pimps-of-militarism-protectors-of-the-oligarchy-trusted-facilitators-of-war-part-i-section-i/

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  7. Tim Hart says:

    I think it is absurd to describe Avaaz as naive in its call for a no fly zone over Syria. A no fly zone is simply war by another name. One would have to be severely intellectually challenged to see it as otherwise. Those people who run Avaaz cannot be allowed this excuse. The writing was on the wall as far as the sordid credentials of Avaaz were concerned when they previously called for war against Libya – i.e.a no fly zone. I have had nothing to do with Avaaz since then. I hope that this latest warmongering call will lead many more people to disassociate themselves from this unsavoury organisation.

  8. Stop intervening in Syria – to further destroy it – even as NATO did to Libya – needlessly and criminally and illegally taking the lives of 125,000 Libyans!

  9. Thanks for posting this, Interventions Watch! AVAAZ is truly a disgusting Zionist war criminal organization with their bloody lies about Syria and Libya! Alert everyone you know about this latest wave of war mongering by those pretending to be for “human rights”. They are for death and destruction and profit for those they serve.

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  11. flash127 says:

    Well said, I was fooled by Avaaz in the early days, but they are simply not to be trusted. They are also here perpetuating the unproven, and unlikely, claim of the Syrian government using chemical weapons:

    “…as a dictator drops chemical weapons on families in the night.”

    And of course all the chemical weapons are gone now anyway.

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  13. ameer jabril says:

    This entire blog just reeks of phony white saviorism and Anti Obama tea party style propaganda. It is disgusting that u seem to think by portraying yourself as part of the global southern solidarity movement u think ur somehow with us. As a pan Africanist and a Muslim i can tell u ur not with us nor does most of us by into ur anti Obama rhetoric. For u to make posts attacking americas first black president is offensive and insulting to black folk everywhere. I don’t buy into ur phony white savior rhetoric and i find it highly offensive that u seem to believe that Arabs or any other people of the global south needs big brother mighty whitey westerners like u to post ur 2 cent comments cause u feel us inferior colored folk aren’t smart enough to do it ourselves.

  14. ameer jabril says:

    Also who r u to speak for what syrians want unless u r syrian and been in syrian peoples shoes?

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