Boris Johnson got on his hind legs in the Commons yesterday to appeal for demonstrations outside the Russian embassy, and suggesting that those responsible for war crimes in Syria would face charges before the International Criminal Court.
But if he was hoping to present an image of gravitas, of statesmanhood, he failed. His performance gave the impression the ‘creepy clown’ craze currently sweeping the UK had got as far as Westminster, that’s all.
As Tom Peck put it, in The Independent: “Trouble is, it’s barely a week since he was tripping the bants loltastic with the Birmingham conference crowd, regaling them with his japes with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov at the UN General Assembly, taking the mickey out of him as he did so. ‘So I said to Sergei, Sergei said to me…’
“What he didn’t say to Sergei then, at least as far as he has admitted, is that Sergei, or at least the government at which Sergei is a part, has been turning a blind eye to war crimes. Facilitating them even, perhaps actively committing them.
“But if Sergei and co can turn a blind eye to that, they can certainly turn a blind eye to this.”
And behind it all is the suspicion that we are creeping towards a major war on the basis of a lie.
Remember the UN convoy the Russians were supposed to have bombed? Only today a Vox Political commentator asserted: “Various other non-biased non-MSN have already concluded from the available evidence that the UN convoy was attacked by ground forces belonging to ISIS with the aid of the US predator drone deployed before, during and after the attack on the aid convoy, using hellfire missiles. There is no evidence, whatsoever of either Russian or Syrian involvement.”
It’s time to look to the mainstream media.
It would be hugely irresponsible if they were complicit in engineering a major war.
And what would they gain from it?
Should we be asking that question of their owners, who are heavily engaged in international politics?
Russia should be investigated for war crimes in the Syrian city of Aleppo and risks becoming a pariah nation, Boris Johnson has said, taking the unusual step of calling for demonstrations by anti-war protesters outside the Russian embassy in London.
The British foreign secretary said “the mills of justice grind slowly, but they grind small” as he predicted those responsible for war crimes in Syria would eventually face charges before the international criminal court.
Johnson’s remarks underline the degree to which relations between Russia and the west have deteriorated to levels not seen since the end of the cold war.
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