It might very well be that Russia is indeed guilty of war crimes in Syria. In fact, it is highly likely. However, when the British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, walks out of an emergency security council session on Syria, with his US and French counterparts, before the Syrian government representative begins to speak, the whole thing, beginning with the Ambassador’s pathetic pretentious pathos, starts to stink of the usual hypocrisy, hyperbole, and sanctimonious drivel, that we have come to expect from the West.
Nothing new, and all of the above “qualities” are epitomised by the blustering buffoon Boris Johnson when in referring to the Russian bombing of Aleppo he says:
“…… when it comes up, the bombing of civilian targets, we should be looking … to see if the targeting is done in the knowledge they are wholly innocent civilian targets, (because) that is a war crime.”
Of course, essentially he is not wrong. However, it might be worth thinking about the British Foreign Minister’s reaction to similar war crimes perpetrated not only by the Americans and his own government, but also by their allies. Indeed, in today’s ‘Independent’ we can read that, after the UK’s refusal to support it, an initiative by the EU to launch an independent inquiry into Yemen’s civil war has been dropped.
Saudi planes are killing civilians in the Yemen and not only does Britain sell those weapons of death to the Saudis but it also provides training and logistic support for the pilots and, of course, is these are the reasons why only some two weeks ago the resident buffoon in Whitehall was to say:
“The key test for our continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia in relation to international humanitarian law is whether those weapons might be used in a commission of a serious breach of international humanitarian law. Having regard to all the information available to us, we assess this test has not been met.”
It was a judgement which was based on a Saudi-led inquiry into eight controversial incidents where civilians were killed and which, it might be expected, was about as objective as an Israeli led inquiry into one of the regular mass-murdering sprees in Gaza. Of course, that doesn’t matter. After all, the Saudis, like the Israelis, are our partners in crime and …. well, war is good for business and well we know what our reaction would be if the Russians started buying their weapons from us, or even better still, if they were our allies.