The UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss a suspected chemical attack in Syria on the rebel-held town of Douma. With dozens of people killed, today there has been widespread outrage, with President Trump one of many to criticise Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran – saying there will be a ‘big price to pay’.
However, over in Labour HQ a more vague response is underway. The Labour press office have today issued a statement which is so bold as to suggest that ‘anyone found responsible’ for using chemical weapons should be ‘brought to justice’. It goes on to criticise the atrocities of this war ‘whether committed by the Assad regime’ or the ‘Jihadist militias’. They call for a ‘full and independent investigation’ but provide no details on what this would mean in practise or reference to previous investigations on similar incidents that have located the finger of blame with the Syrian government:
Mr S is just going to leave this here:
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. https://t.co/7TtBNkgFoe
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) January 28, 2017