Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Times publishes my letter on Syria post-death of Marie Colvin and colleague

Published online in The Times here (Thursday 23 February 2012)

Time for leadership 


The leaders of Western nations must show the same bravery and moral vision displayed by the journalists recently killed in Homs

Sir,

On the day that we read the superlative reporting of your journalist Tom Coghlan (“Syria slays its children”, Feb 22) we learn that the Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin has been killed in Homs.

Your readers may care to reflect on her words (recorded on February 21 and reported by the BBC), having just witnessed a two-year-old child die of shrapnel wounds: “No one here can understand how the international community can let this happen.”

Rather than express concern and issue platitudinous denunciations of the Syrian dictatorship, the leaders of Western and other civilised nations must show the same bravery and moral vision displayed by these journalists. Inaction in the face of such savagery is indefensible and is in itself a form of action leading to indirect moral culpability when innocents die. Let us hope that the work of journalists to shine a light into the pit of evil will shame our leaders into action.

John Slinger


4 comments:

  1. Via Twitter (24/02/12)

    Ben Bradshaw ‏ @BenPBradshaw
    @JohnSlinger Good letter Interesting suggestion from Economist safe haven in north west enforced by Turkey with Nato/Arab League support

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  2. Via Twitter:

    James Mates ‏ @jamesmatesitv
    @JohnSlinger Yes, saw that in the paper too. V well put indeed.

    5:11 PM - 23 Feb 12 via web ·

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    Left Foot Forward ‏ @leftfootfwd
    Our leaders must show the same bravery & moral vision displayed by journalists killed in Homs, says @JohnSlinger: slingerblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/times-… #BotW

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