Sunny Hundal who writes for the Guardian recently wrote a blog entitled “Why I support (limited) western intervention in Syria”.
When he promoted this blog on twitter my initial response was to relay the opinion of my Syrian friend. Only weeks after the civil war began my friend told me that he felt safer knowing the USA wouldn’t bomb his country because he thought China and Russia would veto any military intervention (which indeed they have).
Here is the response from the well respected journalist Sunny Hundal.
Whether or not my story is true isn’t exactly the point (although on a personal level it does hurt when someone laughs at you and accuses you of lying when you’re telling the truth). The point is far more significant. Surely, with a population of 20 million people, there are many Syrians who would fear US led aggression and a possible bombing campaign. Surely many of those people would automatically look to Russia and China to help prevent it. What disturbs me is that this concept is so alien to a mainstream, liberal journalist that it is actually ridiculed. When an influential journalist like Sunny Hundal has such a weak grasp of reality yet openly supports military intervention – our mainstream media seems terrifyingly immature.
Whilst this specific incident did not appear on the Guardian website itself, I still felt it necessary to document. Our mainstream news organisations have a great power. And with great power comes great responsibility.