An Action Plan for Syria

(Ottawa Citizen-Canada) Irwin Cotler - I have been writing for close to a year now of the need to affirm and implement the Responsibility to Protect doctrine to help save Syrian civilians being massacred by the Assad regime. What is so necessary now is to implement the following measures with all deliberate speed: protect against Syria's chemical weapons; interdict Iranian and Hizbullah military assistance to Syria; enhance support for the opposition; establish safe havens; unify the Syrian opposition; put Syrian political and army leadership on notice that they will be held accountable for war crimes; address the risk of rising sectarian violence; deploy a large, Arab-led, international peace protection force; and enhance humanitarian assistance. Every day, more Syrian civilians die, not because of the actions we have taken, but because of the actions we have not taken. The writer is former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

2012-08-27 00:00:00

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