As The World's Largest Arms Fair Takes Place In London, We Must Not Forget The Impact Of Explosive Weapons On Civilians
56 countries have received official invitations to gather in London this week for the world's largest arms fair. As buyers and sellers of arms are networking and making preliminary deals, we must not forget the appalling impact explosive weapons have on civilians and encourage all arms users to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
Western states have always prioritised domestic responsibilities over international ones, as all countries do. However, the gap between these responsibilities has never seemed so wide. Recent political events seem to suggest a possible cultural shift when it comes to Western states becoming embroiled with an international crisis.
The Coalition Forces Need to Do More to Prevent Helpless Civilians From Falling Victim to Airstrikes Against Hospitals in Syria
We are all part of this conflict. Just because it happened to be Russian planes, this time, doesn't mean that France, the US and the UK can just let it happen. Bomb ISIS targets, yes, but don't touch civilians. It's not collateral damage when (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) 1000 civilians, including 200 children, have already been killed since September 2015 by Russian planes.
Apparently we are presented with two monochromatic sides of this argument, Team Israel vs. Team Gaza, and failure to select one on the basis of who is or is not a terrorist means that your opinion is unlikely to rear its humdrum head in mainstream news or grant you a few thousand followers on Twitter.
In times of war, except in cases of extreme tragedy, the plight of the civilian is often ignored. The devastating shooting down of flight MH17 served only to cruelly to remind us that the civilian costs in war are often just as great as the military ones...
When will the bloodshed of innocent civilians in Syria come to an end? Why should innocent Syrian civilians have to pay the price for violence that has been prevalent in the country since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad? The humanitarian crisis in Syria is at its worst as civilians are being left without basic human needs due to limited funds.