In this video opposition leader Tony Abbott describes Syria conflict as ‘baddies vs baddies’. We ask: What about 100,000+ people killed Tony? Are there any victims, or are they all baddies?
Kevin Rudd says Tony Abbott’s “baddies versus baddies” comment raises serious questions about his judgment on international issues.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s “baddies versus baddies” comment on Syria raises serious questions about his judgment.
Mr Rudd said this was the most simplistic analysis of a complex national issue he had ever seen.
He said Australia had assumed the presidency of the peak global security body, the UN Security Council, and the key agenda item was Syria.
“To have an alternative prime minister of Australia say that Syria is somehow this simplistic rendition of a 1950s western between goodies and baddies, and baddies and baddies, frankly causes people to be concerned about Mr Abbott’s judgment,” he told the Nine Network.
Mr Abbott said on Sunday the civil war in Syria featured two pretty unsavoury sides.
“It’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies versus baddies,” he said.
Mr Rudd said he became concerned when he heard this sort of analysis.
“If you have got doubts about Mr Abbott’s ability to judge complex questions of war and peace and on national security, then I think you are right to have those doubts,” he said. (source: SBS)
The president of the Australians for Syria Association, Tamer Kahil, said he had been disappointed by previous talks he had had with Mr Abbott and was not surprised by the comments.
“By saying baddies versus baddies he’s considering the Syrian people as baddies, because who made the Free Syrian Army? It’s the Syrian people themselves,” Dr Kahil said. (source)
Should we just say that both sides are equally responsible for 100,000+ deaths, and that gas thing, it is again baddies vs baddies…
Or should we remember some “numbers”:
On 24 July 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of over 100,000 that had died in the war.
UNICEF reported that over 500 children have been killed by early February 2012. Another 400 children have been reportedly arrested and tortured in Syrian prisons.
By early September 2013, the opposition activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the number of children killed in the conflict had risen to more than 5,800, while at the same time nearly 4,000 women were also killed.
According to the UN, 6,561 children were killed by mid-June 2013.
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