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Syria: UK minister won't rule out force

2012-06-10 19:14

London - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that he couldn't rule out a military intervention in Syria, saying the situation there was beginning to resemble the violence that gripped Bosnia in the 1990s.

Hague told Sky News television that time was now "clearly running short" to implement international envoy Kofi Annan's ceasefire plan in Syria, and that Britain was already turning its eye toward what it would do if the plan failed.

Asked if his government had ruled out the use of force, Hague said on Sunday that the country was "on the edge of collapse or of a sectarian civil war so I don't think we can rule anything out".

"It is looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s, being on the edge of a sectarian conflict in which neighbouring villages are attacking and killing each other," he added.

The Bosnia conflict broke out in 1992, claiming tens of thousands of lives and embroiling the Balkans in years of vicious ethnic warfare. Eventually, ineffectual international action was followed by Nato air strikes, and a peace accord put an end to the fighting in 1995.

Hague told the broadcaster that Britain's preference remained for a diplomatic pressure "behind an actual plan of action for transition in Syria".

"Every other solution to the Syrian crisis involves a lot more death," he noted.

Comments
  • Andile - 2012-06-10 19:28

    What took you so long? Oil or no oil just go out the and kill that bastard killing innocent women and children.

      jack.bleck - 2012-06-10 19:32

      What about Sudan? Nobody going in and killing that bastard...

      Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-10 19:37

      You are right

      Andile - 2012-06-10 19:55

      @Jack Black actually what id like to see or hear is the news of the death off such leaders.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 20:12

    Although military intervention was always a last resort, it is now becoming a seriuos option. No country with any decency, can allow this assad TERRRORIST to continue slaugthering the Syrian opposition. The libyans will forever be grateful to NATO, and so would the Syrian population !!

  • Rude - 2012-06-10 20:46

    a few things to take into account. (1) syria is a sovereign state and should be treated by the international community as such. (2) the self appointed watchdogs of 'peace' and 'democracy' has a disappointing pattern in matters of this nature, it would appear as if they have an attitude of 'give the man enough rope and he will hang himself'. (3) in this waiting period a lot of lives are lost whilst the watchdogs sit by and let it happen so that the world get to see a monster first, making military action so much more acceptable. By all (4) if the interference from foreign states with hidden agendas ceases, these countries would solve their own issues with far less causalties!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 22:46

      Rude, ""syria is a sovereign state and should be treated by the international community as such"" Syria is a dictatorship, headed by an evil family , and where no elections have been held in the last FIFTY YEARS !! The international community should treat this regime as being illegitimate !!

      Rude - 2012-06-11 06:11

      anthony'. I dont condone the politcal system that is operating (or not) in syria or the likes (incl zimbzbwe) these 'systems' have been allowed to run or exist for decades ,in syria's case FIVE decades....the world has seeb what assad's father did and did nothing!!!!! When did they become sooooo concerned that military action is now needed with the west and allies all wanting to get assad removed by force! SA had a system that wasnt accepted by the majority and that lasted about 40 yrs until the majority in SA did their 'own' whilst their were casualties, it was far less then syria, lybia, iraq, bosnia, palestine had seen in a month! Whilst there were logistical support and diplomatic pressure from SOME states, SA did most of the change itself! Zim has had its share of human rights abuses and its dictator telling the democratic world to f*#

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-11 07:43

      Rude, up to a point I agree with you, but , besides in Libya, where have we seen this kind of state terorism anywhere in the world, since Bosnia?? "assad snipers on roof tops, shooting life amunition at anything and anyone that moves, including women and children. assad tanks firing rockets into residential apartment blocks. The UN comes into towns and villages, where there have been masacres. The few residents remaining, tell of the assad army coming into their town. They can see everywhere the tracks of army vehicles and those of tanks. There is blood spattered on the walls of homes where whole families been slaughtered. There are fires burning, with the smell of human burned flesh!! The UN tries to be as diplomatic as possible, but they continious point a fingerr at this assad and his terrorist army. The world must just turn the other way, and let them sort it out themselves? NO,the time for talking is over, the assads have had 50 years to talk, now its too late. It has become irrelevant what the opposition does the world has to come to the aid to the Syrians. And if it is going to be NATO, so it be, but this assad has to be removed dead or alive, and his terrorist army smashed to pieces. The world OWES that to Syria !

      Rude - 2012-06-11 19:23

      anthony. If all of what you say about assad and his army is true, then charge the bastard in the ICC at the Hague, and once a guilty verdict has been passed, then NATO can go in there and arrest him and croonies. Then give them what they deserve.\r\nHow are we to know that this isnt another propoganda case with alteria motives or hidden agendas! Lets face it we have had several cases of the latter!! So what im saying is dont have a media trial of these individuals have a proper court trial and then follow through with the court findings. Why the f*#

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-11 21:06

      Rude, It is not what I say, it is what the UN says!! The UN SG Ban-ki Moon, Kofi Annan, the UN peace monitors on the ground, EVERYONE is saying that that it is assad and his terrorist forces, that are committing crimes against humanity. WHAT more proof do you need ???? And the ICC is a very slow moving process. First charges have to be brought against this terrorist, than an arrest warrent will be issued, and than if and when he arrives in the Hague, a FEW YEARS can pass BEFORE a court case is started, and than the actual court case cvan take years !!!! ( Charles Taylor's court case lasted FIVE YEARS !!!) ""another propoganda case with alteria motives or hidden agendas"" What propaganda case ???

      Rude - 2012-06-12 05:37

      anthony. They allowed assad to exist for 50 yrs! A 5yr trail would have been a whole lot faster!!!! Just as they're allowing mugabe to carry on for how much longer?! I dont know which part of africa you are from that you havnt heard of prpoganda by state forces with malicious intent! if you cant see the work of outside forxes at work in syria then thats you view. The UN has a questionable reputation when it comes to 'findings and providing factual info' that they share with the rest of the world! Some are true whilst some are not! I hope that you will never experience a situation where you are accused of a crime, arrested, not given a change to prove you innocence, tried in the media and that the person who charged you be appointed the judge and the jury! Lets see if you will accept the guilty verdict in such a case! surely they ICC can deal with an urgent application like any other court!!!

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-12 06:26

      For the simple reason that you are a leftist-tree-hugging-conspiracy-theorist... we should sit back and wait until there are 1300000 dead rather then the measly 13000.

      Rude - 2012-06-12 17:28

      jerkov when did you pull your head out of the negev desert sand? Must have been when you smelt the camel dung! The syria issues has been going on for a while and you just woke up this morning and decided that you are going to help some thousands of arabs! Yaah right! Go put your head back in the sand and take a deep breath!

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:12

      like rwanda

  • Mboneni - 2012-06-10 20:48

    IF DEPLOMATIC PRESSURE DO NOT WORK THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST ACT FAST TO STOP THE DEATH OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY IS THE USE OF MILLITARY FORCE AGAINST PRESIDENT ASSAD

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 20:14

      the yanks should offer 100 000 000$ for his head,im shure his brother of wife would collect

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-10 20:55

    Wherever these situations occur, the West should steer well clear. Give no help, just send more arms and let the combatants get on with the job of slaughtering each other. Every time the West "helps" it gets castigated by Africa, Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and a host of other savages. Don't send troops to die in Iraq. The Iraqi's deserve to get Saddam back.

      Rude - 2012-06-11 06:29

      no help! But send weapons to the opposition? That sound like stuff malema would blurt out!!! To make any action or help legitimate the re should be a guilty verdict from the hague first! None of these tyrants ha ve been charged in the ICC, but was demonised by the west and tried in the media! If you want to democracy, law and order, then start off with law and order!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-11 19:45

      @Patrick My point exactly. You demonise the US (and others) no matter what. So why should the West bother?

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-12 06:35

      I wouldn’t supply them with Arms but yar.wellnofine is spot on. As they say in the Kruger - let nature take its course. The proof is in the comments above- If the west (US) doesn’t get involved, the two unintelligent commentators above say that it’s because there is no oil in Syria. If the West (US) does get involved it’s a conspiracy theory. If the backward 3rd world hates the West so much the West should turn a blind eye to there 3rd world (Arab world) genocidel nature.

      Rude - 2012-06-12 17:16

      jaba the only uninteligence above is the crap you stated. You are an arab hater and thats clear! Why would you want to pretend to offer any help to people you dont care a hoot about! And what make you think your help is wanted. You are liike a nosey neighbour always interfering and pretending to care when you realy just a hater! it's a holes like you that causes trouble. The way i see it, you will do everything in your power to make sure the arab world and america dont see eye to eye so that israel stays uncle sams blue eyed boy!

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