Guardian fiction one million and six?

This is in a report on Syria:

Such are the tangled contours of a conflict at a time when there is an unprecedented diplomatic push to try to achieve an end to a devastating war that the UN calls the “humanitarian test of our time”.

“unprecedented diplomatic push”?

David Cameron’s madness

It’s absolutely clear that Russia is not discriminating between Isil and the legitimate Syrian opposition groups and, as a result, they are actually backing the butcher Assad and helping him and really making the situation worse.

Rightly, they have been condemned across the Arab world for what they have done and I think the Arab world is right about that.

“But we should be using this moment now to try to force forward a comprehensive plan to bring political transition in Syria because that is the answer for bringing peace to the region. [1] David Cameron

It is worth recalling that this is the same David Cameron who heralded the overthrow of the tyrant Gaddafi as a moment when the Libyan people “chose freedom” and “democracy” “with Britain’s help”.

Michael Fallon strikes again

The ludicrous and abysmally unqualified for his job British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has declared that it is “illogical” that Britain is bombing ISIS in Iraq but not in Syria. [1]

The difference appears to have escaped him. The government of Iraq (installed by an illegal US/UK invasion but nonetheless the government) has invited the US/UK (and others) to bomb ISIS on their territory. The government of Syria (not yet toppled but they are working on it [2]) has declined to have the US/UK bomb ISIS on their territory – at least without being consulted. So. Bombing Syria would be (yet another) breach of international law. [3] Oh well; at least it will be “logical”.

This is the same Michael Fallon who lectures Russia on “violating international norms”. [4]

Update 17/7/15

It has now emerged that while going through a pretence of a democratic discussion whether the UK should start bombing targets in Syria the RAF has in fact already been doing just that. [5] Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary cannot not have known this. He has been deceiving the British public. He should resign. But long gone are the days when politicians would even consider resigning for breaching the public trust.

Notes

1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11711374/Michael-Fallon-Britain-could-start-bombing-Syria.html

2.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31465365

3. http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/chapter1.shtml (See Article 2) 4))

4. http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=5600

5. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/first-british-pilots-airstrikes-over-syria-060339725.html#l7ZaAr0