Wake Up Mehdi Hasan: Syria and the Palestinians

Maybe we should do as Hasan does rather than says when it comes to trying to safeguard human life

by John Sargeant on 10 June 2013 11:49

I am drawn to Mo Ansar's timeline on Twitter, much like someone going to a stock car race waiting for the crash. 

And it was thanks to Twitter I saw Ansar's tweet regarding an interview Mehdi Hasan held with Bernard-Henri Levy. 

The article I linked to, from the Commentator, is where the below infographic comes from.

But despite my questions, mocking, ad hominem retorts were the order of the day when I questioned a serious journalist as to how we can help the Palestinians in the occupied territories and in Syria. Most "liberal interventionists" have Syria on their mind as Hasan knows only too well. He is as disingenuous in what he says as he is uncouth, without actually answering the question.

The Facebook page on the crisis befalling Palestinians in Syria brings home what is happening.

Hasan in his recent article suggests the piety of those wanting to intervene is overdone. He fails to mention the hundreds of thousands into the million Saddam Hussein killed, instead talking about deaths after the international community's response post 9/11.

The reality is that we should be concerned about the consequences of intervention, but also of the consequences of not doing anything. Diplomacy is not working in Syria, and while events on the ground develop, the death toll mounts up towards 100,000.

Hence my question - how do we help?

Instead of a diplomatic answer, Hasan went for the offensive attack. Maybe we should do as Hasan does rather than says when it comes to trying to safeguard human life.

John Sargeant blogs at Homo Economicus and Tweets at @JSargeant78

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