Assad is a war criminal- the West must intervene in Syria

BY spectator events


June 24, 2013

6:30 pm

IET London, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL


Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group

Wael Aleji, For the motion, member, general commission, the Syrian Revolution

Alan Mendoza, For the motion, founder, Henry Jackson Society

Douglas Murray, Against the motion, contributing editor, The Spectator and associate director, the Henry Jackson Society

Andrew Green, Against the motion, former UK ambassador to Syria

Halla Diyab, Against the motion, Syrian film maker


After finding evidence of the Assad regime using chemical weapons President Obama has announced the US will provide assistance to the Syrian rebels, while David Cameron and colleagues are yet to commit to doing the same.

The Conservative party is tortured by memories of the Bosnian conflict, and encouraged by Libya to intervene in a conflict that has claimed nearly 100,000 lives. Cameron says he wants to help the good elements of the Syrian opposition succeed. But will arming the rebels bring an end to the bloodshed, or make it worse?