15 August 2012
End UK support for military intervention in Syria
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- never happier than when plotting intervention in other people's countries.
The UK is today assisting military action against Syria in an engagement on which there has been no public debate and no legal decision.
Such lawlessness denies the British people their right to participate in major political decisions.
We call for an immediate cessation of UK support for the military intervention in Syria led by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
All diplomatic avenues need to be pursued so as to allow the Syrian people to determine their own future.
The present course backed by the British government will lead to the military destruction of both the Syrian state and Syrian society, as in Iraq; bloodshed throughout the region; and possible war on Iran and global conflict.
Professor Bill Bowring Birkbeck College, London, Professor Ray Bush University of Leeds, Professor Dawn Chatty University of Oxford, John Gledhill, Professor Max Gluckman University of Manchester, Professor emeritus Frank Land LSE, Dr Kamil Mahdi, Professor Martha Mundy LSE, Rachel O'Connell, Sami Ramadani London Metropolitan University, Professor emeritus Hilary Rose University of Bradford, Professor Richard Saumarez Smith American University of Beirut