Syria: the view on the streets

The citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes asked Londoners about their views on the conflict.

As the war in Syria continues to escalate, WORLDbytes took to the streets of London to find out what the public make of the conflict, government policy and Western intervention.

This snapshot of public opinion turns the tables on one area government and media avoid testing at the polls. As one astute interviewee points out ‘When have the British public ever been consulted on foreign policy?’ Despite bellicose government gestures pushing for the anti-government rebels to be armed, few of Londoners WORLDbytes spoke to were positive about intervention and even fewer were convinced by President Obama’s ‘red line’ on chemical weapons.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the lack of political leadership, the people interviewed were cynical about what Western governments were up to, something evident from comments about ulterior motives and interests and the resigned attitude that politicians won’t listen to the public anyway. That said, the sharp observations suggest everything is to be gained from serious debate and not allowing the government a free hand to make Syria even more of a bloody mess.

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