Interview with Ken Stone, from the ‘Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War’
A political analyst tells Press TV that the US will not be able to call for “humanitarian intervention” in Syria if insurgents commit war crimes against ordinary civilians and execute captured soldiers.
Recently-released video footage showed insurgents executing another captured Syrian, raising further concern about insurgent brutality in the violence-stricken Arab state.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken Stone, from the ‘Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War’, to further discuss the issue.
What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: We just saw disturbing images again showing what has amounted to possible war crimes by these so-called Free Syrian Army fighters which include insurgents. Tell us your thoughts on that?
And at the same time it is very interesting that the US has said that there needs to be a body that includes people fighting on the ground. Does that translate into the US not knowing who they are supporting whether it is al-Qaeda, insurgents, mercenaries or what have you?
Stone: I believe that what is happening today in fact in Doha, Qatar is a meeting at which Hillary Clinton representing the United States of America has removed the franchise from the Syrian National Council for conducting terrorism and insurgency in Syria and she is about to award the franchise to a new group of people.
And that is because of the video that you just showed and the video that has been seen for the last week or two in which the insurgents who are Western backed and funded by Saudi Arabia and the Qataris and helped by the Turkish government have been committing war crimes on TV, the broadcast almost live, it is not live then in front of Reuters crews and on YouTube.
And this is becoming a little too embarrassing for Hillary Clinton. She will not be able to sell this intervention as a “humanitarian intervention” if the people that she is paying and supplying and arming are committing war crimes against ordinary civilians and executing soldiers who have been captured.
Press TV: You talked about a shift of this franchise–to use your words–from the United States but given the news in the posturing which is a U-turn that was revealed by Hillary Clinton, it even took some of the countries that are backing the SNC (the Syrian National Council) by surprise. There are three government officials that have said we heard about this through the news.
Are we seeing divisions from the countries such as Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States, etc. amongst themselves and who is siding with whom? Is that a possibility at this point?
Stone: I do not have personal information about division in the so-called ‘Friends of Syria’ who have been conducting illegal military intervention in Syria. I have heard through the various reports that the government of Turkey is now having some second thoughts.
However I think what is really at issue here and what is not reported much on TV is that the people of those countries, the very countries that are intervening illegally in Syria, the people of those countries are opposed to this war.
In Canada, the United States, Britain and other countries on October 6 there were anti-war demonstrations against any military intervention in Syria or Iran. These demonstrations were small but they always start small at the beginning of a war and it shows that the people in these countries are war-weary, they are tired of the ten or eleven years of occupation in Afghanistan, the torture scandals, the drone attacks and all this stuff.
They did not like the war in Iraq, they did not like the attack on Libya and the people in the West are making it difficult I think and even in Turkey, people demonstrated when the government of Turkey started to shell Syria.
So people in the countries who are making the war, their governments are making these wars are telling the leaders we do not want your wars, stop your wars and come to a peaceful solution for this crisis.
Press TV: And when you talk about the dissatisfaction of the people within these countries, obviously we cannot forget the Syrians. Don’t you think that if there was any type of a stoppage to the arming and the financial backing that perhaps all this bloodshed would have stopped and there would have been real chance for reforms including talks to be held with the opposition which Assad has said of which the opposition has said no to?
Stone: Absolutely. The people of Syria from what I can gather do not like the intervention. It is making life miserable for them, dangerous, car bombs blow often in public squares, neighborhoods are taken over, people who are of the wrong religion, of the wrong nationality, of the wrong political persuasion are lined up against the wall, men, women and children are executed in cold blood. This is not something that the Syrian people want.
I believe from what I have read that the Syrian people want a negotiated settlement, they want some kind of national reconciliation, they want to go forward to peace.
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