UN resolutions & military interventions are not what is needed to stop the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta

Missile in Douma ( Bassam Khabieh:Reuters) Feb 25 2018

There isn’t much point in reporting that the UN Security Council voted yesterday for a ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta because it was already declared a safe zone in July 2017 & that has not stopped carpet bombing by Syria or Russia. It’s just pointless to think the UN will or even can do anything other than grandstand & blow hot air about impotent resolutions. It is however reckless & extremely dangerous to raise the call for military intervention into Syria to stop the slaughter of counterrevolution. Which military would be called on to intervene to defend a revolution against dictatorship? Are there any not already involved militarily on the side of the counterrevolution?

The only effective resistance to war, occupation, genocide are broad-based, massive & international movements that are not episodic but engaged in sustained actions–using the anti-Vietnam War movement as a model. Those who believe there is a modicum of humanitarian principle in US or European military interventions need to study colonial history before they start shooting their mouthes off demanding military intervention on behalf of revolutions.

Photo is missile that fell in Douma, Eastern Ghouta last week.

(Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

All the countries bombing civilians in Syria denounce each other at UN Security Council

Eastern Ghouta (Middle East Eye) Feb 25 2018

In their feverish defense of Assad & to counter photographic & video documentation of carpet bombing civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Assad supporters claim Syria & Russia are only bombing head-chopping terrorists without explaining why they’re bombing cities & towns with tens of thousands of civilians. Others, like Assad official Fares Shehabi claim the bombing & artillery siege is a movie tableau & the bodies, rescued, & rescuers only Hollywood actors.

The only acting going on is in the UN Security Council where the countries militarily engaged in Syria are doing an awkward pas de burlesque denouncing each other. Trump’s ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is denouncing Syria & Russia for the bombing of civilians. After dropping the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan ostensibly to take out Taliban fighters, after Mosul, Iraq & Raqqa, Syria, where the US used ISIS as a pretext to bomb those two cities into dead zones, the US is not a part of the solution but at the heart of the counterrevolutionary problem. It’s insane for so many to call on the US & European countries to intervene on the side of civilians. What do they not understand about the US Pentagon? Where have they ever seen evidence of a humanitarian purpose in US or European military interventions?

Stand with the people of Eastern Ghouta by demanding the immediate cessation of Syrian, Russian, & US coalition bombing of civilians & the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all foreign military forces–overt, covert, mercenary–from Syria.

(Photo from Middle East Eye)