International Community Should Build Legal Case For War Crimes Committed By Syria President Assad

New York Times: Who Has Innocent Syrians’ Blood on Their Hands?
Editorial Board

“…[Syria’s] vicious president, Bashar al-Assad, and his enablers in Russia and Iran have exploited the battlefield successes against ISIS to unleash a new round of carnage on civilians, as the leaders of the United States and other world powers largely stand by, unwilling, or unable to do anything to stop it. Shame on them all. … Ghouta has been under siege for years, although it’s technically part of a negotiated de-escalation zone, leaving the district facing chronic shortages of food, medicine, medical personnel, and other necessities. This week’s massive attack — which … struck hospitals and other civilian infrastructure — intensified the misery. … António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, called Ghouta a ‘hell on Earth.’ … [A] legal case [should be made] to try Mr. Assad for war crimes. … This week, as reports of new Syrian casualties rolled in, aid groups and political leaders once again condemned, lamented, and called for action. … Unable to muster more bromides, [UNICEF] issued a statement saying only, ‘No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers, and their loved ones'” (2/21).

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