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Views On The News: Syria

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Views On The News: Syria

In this new programme, a group of volunteers reflect on the conflict in Syria. Focussing on the arguments for and against Western intervention, blogger and commentator on the Middle East Karl Sharro answers critical questions with great insight. As the demand that ‘something must be done’ intensifies, Karl provides us with the understanding and principles needed to keep a cool head and examine what’s really going on.

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Andrew said:

This is brilliant insight on what’s happening in Syria at the moment. A lot of people were skeptical about western intervention because of what has happened in places like Iraq. However, I find it difficult to say that the west shouldn’t intervene after the massacres of many innocent men,women and children.

Kelly Richards said:

The problem is emotionalism, it is winning and it is very dangerous. Good expose and needed I will certainly pass it on. Thank you for informing me of this video.

Gill said:

So the message on Syria from humanists is butt out…hmmm…that is harsh and a bit grim..we are so well equipped here to DO something…you have made me quastion my concern and Western motivation for sure but I’m not sure I’m convinced. We may all be similarly capable of fighting our own battles I agree but we don’t all have the same big guns to do it.

Elaine Norton said:

It really does sound so inhuman to say don’t intervene now but I get his points and I can see he does care so I’m struggling with this.

jenny pindas said:

The massacres have changed things though, a lot of people were sceptical about intervention because of Iraq and Afghanistan and from a pro ‘our boys’ perspective- lots of people against it and the government against it. Now that is all changed and its gung ho again- our leaders seem to get on their intervention horses as soon as blood spilling gets nasty as it does in civil war- and yet they don’t have a problem with spilling it if they do it and making things so much worse- their tears and concern seem very disingenuous to me.

Bran said:

Absolutely brilliant insight on what’s happening in Syria. Clarified a lot of things for me. UN peace deal is very predictable: set out a proposal for peace that has little to do with what’s actually going on in the country and conflict, no-one agrees, then everyone starts talking about military intervention. This programme critiques both the UN peace process as well as the calls for intervention with great political insight. Highly recommended watch. Like Karl’s blog too!

Carol said:

Very informative. Has answered a lot questions I had floating around in my head. To be honest, I don’t understand everything Karl spoke about, but I think this is the sort of programme that I can watch many times and each time I’ll understand a bit more…which is a good thing.

Kayla said:

How refreshing is this! All the volunteers raise questions that are on all our minds and Karl does such a good job in getting to the heart of each issues raised. It has left me with more questions, like what is the line for journalists who wants to seek and write about the truth with opinions. Do they just have to be a blank slate, no, as where would the anaylsis be? But on the other hand agree that a lot of journalism is weighted with so much assumptions and their own take on things. How do we do this?

Sarah Kelly said:

Very professional format again-well done WORLDbytes, on content it raises ever more questions for me- I want to know why and how- like the Spanish Civil war example at the end- we can’t reinvent a true internationalism- I’m not old but even writing that I feel old fashioned.

Zara Trinstan said:

I found this really informative and will re-think my emotional response to the horrors we keep seeing- but it will be hard to do.

John O said:

very watchable and informed- found the point on anthropology compelling as this is rarely said ie universalism versus particularism but thats not a justification for intervention or the ‘responsibility to protect’ idea which wreaks of paternalism.

Ishtar A said:

Some of those questions completely ignore the wishes and capabilities of the Syrian people to try to shape and control their own destiny. Is it something they put in the water in Western countries?

Farah said:

I’m glad you put this up again I watched it first time but there were few people calling for military intervention then, now everyone is at it i think Sharro’s points are even more important now but it is more difficult to argue against intervention after the massacres.

Michaelangelo S said:

It takes keen-eyed observer of middle-eastern affairs Karl Sharro to unravel, answer and explain people’s questions on the still-unfolding crisis in Syria. Questioning the underlying assumptions behind the alarming headlines seems to point some way forward.