Serj Tankian Comments On Possibility Of American Airstrikes In Syria
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Serj Tankian, current solo artist and formerly from System of a Down, has been known for his lyrics involving politics and warfare.
Serj has now chimed in on the current situation with Syria - in which the United States is considering missile strikes against the country's government for suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels seeking to overthrow the current regime. Serj posted the following message online via Facebook:
"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the 'slam dunk' evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn't make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts."
After that message set off a firestorm of comments, Serj followed up with this statement:
"I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I've read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov't and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes.
"Once the civil war has ended it will be easier to deduce the guilty parties on both sides who have broken international laws and conventions and bring them to justice, preferably through the ICC or World Court to help strengthen those institutions to deal with crimes against humanity instead of weakening them as the US has in the past. Any thoughts on this?"
Earlier this summer Serj spoke about the lack of a new System of a Down album in an interview available here, prompted by discontent from other band members. He also recently took part in a collaborative track titled "We Are" with Devin Townsend and Ihsahn, which can be heard below.
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