Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

It is the West committing acts of terrorism

THE general public are very relieved that the West has not yet bombed Syria and that discussions are now taking place. There is, however, something else that should be considered.

In threatening to attack Syria, Britain, the US and France are committing acts of terrorism.

In the dictionary, the definition of terrorism is, "Force, or the threat of force, to bring about religious or political aims". It's a crime under international law.

This leads me to chemical weapons. With John Kerry negotiating with Russia, does this mean he will push to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Middle East?

If so, he'll need to pursue a nearby country that also possesses them, that occupies part of Syria and that hasn't signed up to the convention: Israel.

I am delighted they haven't bombed Syria yet, but I fear it may happen down the line.

CLIVE COLLINS

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