Leading human rights lawyer Professor William Schabas has branded the argument of finding chemical weapons in Syria ‘more of red herring, than a red line’ that has been crossed by Assad and the Syrian regime.
Middlesex University Professor of International Law William Schabas said: “The chemical weapons are more of a red herring than a red line. Assad was responsible for atrocities in Syria during the war and even prior to the war - I would like nothing better than to see the end of him, I am also totally in agreement that I want to help those who want to replace him with a democratic government.
“What intrigues me is this obsession by the United Kingdom, the United States and some other countries with chemical weapons, why are they such a red line? The red line is such an issue because as far as the United States in concerned there should only be one weapon of mass destruction in the world, which is the one that they have, and they monopolise.”
The debate, titled Syria, Humanitarian Intervention and the Crime of Aggression is available to listen to, and included Middlesex human rights experts Professor William Schabas and Dr Elvira Domínguez-Redondo, and activist and humanitarian aid worker Anas Nader. Professor Joshua Castellino, dean of the school of law at Middlesex University chaired the discussion.
During the debate Anas Nader said: “Destruction has already been brought to Syrians. The thought of avoiding an intervention because it will bring destruction to Syria is denying the fact that the last two and a half years has already brought destruction and the fact that if we do not stop Assad he will only carry on doing more.”
The event was also the launch of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression at Middlesex University directed by Middlesex University Visiting Professor Don Ferencz.