No More ‘Shock and Awe’

Well said:

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Dr Guy Baily, NHA nominating officer and executive committee member, gives a personal view on Syria.

NHA policies, when not directly about the provision of health care, are almost always rooted in the wider social determinants of health. There is no doubt that all types of warfare have catastrophic effects on public health. The bar, for military interventions to be acceptable, must always be a very high one. In my view it has not been reached for the Syrian bombing campaign. The recent history of Western military interventions is of a series of calamities.  The reasons why they are so liable to go wrong have been well rehearsed and it should be possible to learn from them.  I suggest that before becoming violently embroiled in other people’s countries, a few conditions have to be met:

1) There must be a humanitarian crisis which cannot be resolved by other means

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