Stop The War launches mass mobilisation against Putin’s bombing and Assad’s starvation of Syrian civilians

February 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm (apologists and collaborators, imperialism, Jim D, Middle East, murder, reactionay "anti-imperialism", Russia, stalinism, Stop The War, Syria)

Hands Off Syria?

Stop the War holds Hands Off Syria protest at US Embassy London

Above: ‘Stop The War’ placards outside US embassy, June 2013

An idependent observers’ group says at least 1,015 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late last month that close to a quarter of those killed were under the age of 18.

Russia, in support of the Assad regime, has consistently denied hitting civilian targets and insists it is battling “terrorists, but is in fact targeting anti-Assad forces rather than ISIS or the Nusra front.

Medicins Sans Frontières said seven people were killed when a facility it supports in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, was hit four times in two separate raids. Mego Terzian, MSF’s France president, told Reuters he thought that either Russia or Syrian government forces were responsible. Both have been engaged in an unrelenting aerial bombardment in Idlib.

The hospital, which has 54 staff and 30 beds, is financed by the medical charity, which also supplies medicine and equipment.

“The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of about 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict,” said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF’s head of mission in Syria.

Meanwhile the Assad regime has extended its policy of starving civilians in rebel-held towns, from Madaya (where the policy was first used) to Aleppo:

The UN says 4.5 million Syrians are living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas and desperately need humanitarian aid, with civilians prevented from leaving and aid workers blocked by the regime from bringing in food, medicine, fuel and other essentials

The official position of the  Stop The War Coalition is to be against all interventions into Syria (with or without a UN mandate)… so we can expect a STW-organised mass mobilisation against Putin’s bombings, and a demo outside the Russian embassy any day now, eh ..?

3 Comments

  1. Robert said,

    You could have a competition to find the most ingenious, not to mention snakily twisting pretext which might be advanced by the warty sops for doing nothing useful.
    Reminds me of the German hostility to Willy Brandt, since after all he didn’t stay in Hitler Germany, and Marlene Dietrich, sheets of whose centenary commemorative stamp languished without the usual requests for a new issue, because she too….
    Yes, these people who DEAL WITH CROOKS, who pay money to people smugglers, ought really to stay in their country and resist the of course inadequate welcoming noises from Europe.
    I’m sure they’d be helped to stay where they had been (and where they were and were also no longer, having been killed there) following the different interpretations allowed Putanin …

    Deep down the warty sops don’t exist, but at a certain level, or is that slant, they know that above all else the USA and various other allies against Basher Ass-Head are a BAD THING, and that absolutely anything is better than being associated with the land of Jefferson and Lincoln, a horror which compels them to commend their policy of doing nothing …

    And saying NO to pretty well everything unless it’s unAmerican. Theirs is what John Macmurray called a politics of fear or hate. Loveless it is.
    Soshillyshallyism.

  2. Steven Johnston said,

    Assad must win the civil war in Syria
    …………………………………………………
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    …and all this will be a victory for the working class

    Wonder if STWC or any Assad/Putin supporters can fill in the blanks for us.
    Or will it be blah blah Imperalism blah blah support anti-imperalism blah blah Russia is not imperalist blah blah neither would Syria be given half a chance.

  3. Jim Denham said,

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