Stay Home Sami

28 04 2011

Category: Middle East, Law, Politics

Syria finally understands the power of the international community. It has seen what happens to a state that unleashes tanks against its own people: Sami Khiyami, Syrian Ambassador to London, has had his invitation to the Royal wedding withdrawn.

KAPOW – that’s shown them not to trample on human rights. KABOOM – they’ll think twice before killing another 450 citizens.

While the West intervenes in Libya – and it is the West doing the intervening – with Syria there is a struggle to secure even measured and mumbled condemnation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Headlines or Progress

31 07 2010

Category; Politics

Diplomatic instruction manuals will need a new chapter after David Cameron’s speeches in Turkey and India. He has introduced an entirely new diplomatic gambit.

It’s a curious way to behave – you criticise your ally on the soil of another that ally they are in dispute with.

No doubt Pakistan is worthy of criticism for links between the Taleban and ISI; that criticism could have been made in a speech in the UK, in a neutral space like the UN or even in Afghanistan.

To go out of your way to do it on the territory of their traditional rival India may be bold, but it doesn’t seem very constructive. The main thing you succeed in doing is putting their backs up and making them act defensively rather than in an engaged and constructive way.

Is he seeking to make headlines or progress? Read the rest of this entry »