When you hear about your fellow human being being put through the same treatment, if not the same scale, as The Holocaust, the time has come to use our power to stop the pain and wanton destruction of human life.
That time has come in Syria. Apart from the fact Bashir al-Assad’s troops have been firing mortars and tank rounds into residential neighbourhoods like Babr Amr in Homs, it is now been reported, through smuggled video footage, that there is also State-organised torture of Syrian citizens. In the style of Dr Mengele, doctors are the ones doing the torture of patients as they are manacled to their hospital beds.
Channel 4 News reports on their website there is a factory of torture in Homs and at 7pm they will broadcast some of the footage showing the evil acts of these doctors. The video files were smuggled out of Syria by a French photojournalist, who risked his life to ensure the world now knows what al-Assad’s barbaric regime has been denying for months: that they are torturing their own people, sometimes to death.
The Syrian hospital employee who filmed the torture of wounded civilians at the Military Hospital in Homs said:
“I have seen detainees being tortured by electrocution, whipping, beating with batons, and by breaking their legs. They twist the feet until the leg breaks.
“I saw them slamming detainees’ heads against walls. They shackle the patients to beds. They deny them water. Others have their penises tied to stop them from urinating.”
The Syrian regime has ordered all civilians to be taken to the Military Hospital for “treatment” rather than the civilian hospitals.
I visited the Imperial War Museum recently and saw the inhumanity of man against man in The Holocaust Exhibition. At the end of the Second World War the allies decreed this must never happen again. But it has happened again: in Cambodia, in Iraq, in North Korea, in Rwanda, in Srebenica. The difference now is we have the means to do something about it. I believe Tony Blair’s interventionist doctrine, laid out in his speech in Chicago in 1999, is sometimes moral and right.
If we have the means, we must help our fellow man. Yes, start with diplomacy, covertly arm the Free Syria Army (which is undoubtedly happening) but that is proving now not to be enough. It was said the Jews could hear Allied bombers coming over the death camps in occupied Poland and they prayed their camps would be hit – just so the pain could end.
It’s time to stop this sheer evil in Syria before it is stopped for us.