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Justice means the end to all casualties in Syria by Malcolm Jorgensen


13 September 2013

Sydney Centre for International Law Associate Malcolm Jorgensen comments on the means to end all casualties in Syria with justice.

Unusually for an Australian election a substantive debate over foreign policy has entered the campaign. Pronouncements on military intervention in Syria demonstrate significant differences in the world views of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Yet the positions of both reveal a concerning disregard for Australia's historic commitment to international law.

The catalyst for the crisis is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent alleged use of chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians in the country's civil war. This crosses the "red line" set out by US President Barack Obama, and Secretary of State John Kerry described the actions as a "moral obscenity".

The full article is available at The Sydney Morning Herald