Britain accuses Putin of ‘war crimes’ in Syria at bitter UN meeting

Britain has accused Russia of committing “war crimes” in Syria as world powers rounded on Moscow in one of the most bitter meetings of the UN Security Council in recent memory.

As Russian jets took part in what rebels called the “scorched earth bombing” of Aleppo, Western powers charged Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, with deliberately undermining peace talks and flouting its historic responsibilities to the United Nations.

The almost complete rupture of relations between Russia and the Western powers played out in angry scenes at the UN’s New York headquarters, where Britain, France and the US openly condemned Russia as “an international pariah”.

I suggest that Putin’s detractors are more embarrassed that Russia is showing the west that winning a war means killing the enemy, all of them if necessary.

  • I completely agree with the Catman. We have civilized warfare (on our end, anyway) to the point it is unwinnable. When we declare war on a country, it includes everyone who is a citizen of that country. That does no mean they are targets, but that they can and will be killed if in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tough shit – they’re the enemy. Scorched earth.

    • Russia is destroying the Jihadi support network, eventually that will kill off both the Jihadis and their “civilian” enablers.

    • mobuyus

      That’s how you win wars.

    • V10_Rob

      The laws of war forbid civilians from being the primary target. If they’re mixed in with a military target, however, the attacker is under no obligation to break off.

      An orphanage with an ammo cache is fair game for a hellfire missile (or its Russian equivalent). Legally, there is no crime committed. The optics of a lot of dead kids, of course, stirs up plenty of outrage. Accusations of ‘war crimes’ therefore have to be taken with a very large grain of salt.

      • Also the Geneva Convention (which I realize you did not mention) applies only to 2 or more Nation-States in conflict. Paramilitary forces or terrorists have no protection under the law.

  • Millie_Woods

    Obama is looking for an excuse to attack the Russians. Britain is just doing the obligatory yapping that a junior partner is expected to.

  • Sid Falco

    It really is sad to see the UK adopting its familiar role of arse-kissing America. What is indisputable is that the US airforce killed 60+ Syrian soliders last week and are quite possibly acting in concert with jihadists.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    No wonder Putin and Netanyahu get along so well. When they met in Moscow, Netanyahu told him, “Don’t step on my toes and I’ll keep my mouth shut.”

  • richfisher

    In my life it’d be nice to win at least one of these things.
    Bombs away!

  • caliroxanne

    Come on guys, we know it’s only a war crime when Israel is forced to defend itself.

  • Dave

    The last line in your post says it all. The only nation not spinelessly catering to the isis faction.
    Go Putin, destroy the vermin. F*ck odumphuk et al.