The Chair of the Kent Green Party, Stuart Jeffery, said today that a military response to the Syrian crisis would “make a terrible situation much worse”.
“Although the Green Party totally deplores the actions of the Assad regime, a military response by the UK and US will not put an end the bloody civil war, but will certainly lead to the deaths of many hundreds of innocent people. An attack on Syria is also highly likely to provoke the Assad regime into taking yet more desperate measures to defend itself resulting in further civilian causalities.
“While Assad's actions are deplorable and he should face the ICC for war crimes, there is no UN mandate to go into Syria or to target sites for missile strikes. The situation is appalling and complex but one thing is for certain, the UK and US should not attempt to unilaterally act as the world's police yet again only to make a terrible situation even worse”.
“The threat of military action has already led to a major escalation in the number of refugees leaving Syria which is placing severe economic strains upon the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The flight of over 2 million people from Syria is a humanitarian crisis and may well be the cause of further political upheaval in this incredibly sensitive part of the world”.
“The Green Party urges the Government to exercise great caution(1). Instead of taking military action, the United Nations Inspectors currently investigating the appalling chemical weapons attack should be allowed time to complete their work and the UN must be given the opportunity to debate their findings.”