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Downing of Turkish aircraft by Syria

June 28, 2012

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr yesterday said Australia had joined with representatives of the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and European Governments in condemning the downing of a Turkish aircraft by the Syrian military on June 22.

Senator Carr said Syria’s actions were further evidence that the Assad regime had lost all credibility, both domestically and internationally.

“I support the strong statements by US, British and NATO representatives that the world has witnessed another example of Assad regime’s disregard for international norms, for peace and security, and for human life.

“Our thoughts are also very much with the families of the two missing Turkish pilots.

“Turkey’s restraint in responding to this unacceptable provocation has been admirable.

“Australia stands by Turkey at this difficult time.”

  1. June 28, 2012 9:52 am

    Senator Carr, with respect, this is the statement of a foreign minister who is willing to follow its allies to war without thought or careful consideration of the facts and the real victims and perpetrators of violence in Syria.

    I am waiting for your office to condemn the killing of civilians by terrorists/Saudi and Qatari backed jihadists/Al-Qaeda elements in Syria. It has been clearly established that recent massacres, including Houla, were committed by ‘terrorists’. Have you passed on your condolences to the Syrian people and government? Yesterday there was news of the assassinations of three Syrian journalists in their office and the destruction of the satellite channel office building they worked in. This should be a grave concern for all of us in the ‘free world’. Please respond.

    Australia should act more prudently, wisely for its own future, if not Syria’s and the region around it. Do not follow the US, Turkey, other NATO countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and extremist clerics to war against Syria.

    Yesterday I had an official meeting with two officers in DFAT, the department which I assume inform you on Syria; one officer works on the Syria desk the other on the Iran desk. I asked them where they sourced their information. The first response was… Al-Jazeera.

    The world needs statesmen and women in this time of crisis, not people – who in ignorance – follow bullies who could destroy it.

  2. thea permalink
    July 2, 2012 5:11 pm

    Dear Senator Hon. Bob Carr

    Is there any reason why Australia can not offer to help Syrians in Australia who want to have their families come to Australia while the situation remains so terrifying and brutal in Syria?

    I don’t necessarily mean come here permanently. I mean Syrians here on working and student visas who at the moment are in fear of having to return to Syria because they are still very vulnerable on these sorts of visas and also can not sponsor their immediate family to safety because of the type of visa they are here in Australia.

    My friend is on a four year working visa in Australia. When he arrived two years ago the situation was not so dire in Syria. This year he has rarely been able to speak to his family but when he most recently did, this week, they told him the government has cut electricity and water supplies. His young brother must travel past two checkpoints to get to school each day, even though people are being arbitrarily killed at those checkpoints. His father has not been able to work at his university job for months. His family are relying on the money my friend is sending them.There is heavy artillery across the city and gunfire every night. The ‘shabiha’ are going house to house at night in the area close to where his family live and killing every person in those houses. This is now occurring in Aleppo, one of the biggest cities in Syria.

    The existence day to day is precarious. I do not see this being reported in the media at all. his sister is unable to sit her final year university exams because the university has been shut by the government following the most peaceful of student protests.

    If my friend loses or leaves his job for any reason, he will be sent back to Syria irrespective of the danger he will be placed in. This is a terrible way to live and is affecting every aspect of his life. How can this be okay? Why can’t we at least offer him secure residency while the situation in Syria is so appalling?

    His parents in Syria refuse to leave their home and have told him a few days ago that they will die if they must. He respects their decision but his youngest brother is only 16. It seems wrong that my friend can not arrange to support his brother to come to Australia.

    It makes me very sad as an Australian that while we are safe here in Australia and deplore the brutal terror and horror people are living with in Syria, we do not offer even the most simple straightforward help for people through no fault of their own caught up in this horror: Australia has the ability to ensure he is safe in Australia and to be able to assist his young brother to come here to safety.

    Especially while NATO and the UN do not offer any protection to people trapped in terror in Syria, couldn’t Australia at least provide humane help to people like my friend and his young brother?

    If we don’t help, then aren’t we also tacitly agreeing that the terror that a brutal regime is instigating is acceptable? I have difficulty believing that that is the kind of people we wish to be, don’t you?

    Yours sincerely


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