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System of a Down Singer Serj Tankian Speaks Out About Crisis in Syria

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian has often taken the role as a political activist in addition to his many musical endeavors, so it probably comes as no surprise to fans that he recently weighed in on the current crisis in Syria and President Obama’s plan to take military action.

In addition to suggesting that the U.S. hold off on launching a limited strike on Syria, Tankian alleges that if indeed chemical weapons are being used in the country, they might be the work of Al Qaeda and not the orders of President Bashar al-Assad. Congress is expected to vote next week on Obama’s proposal to take military action, but in the meantime, here is what Tankian has to say on the matter via his Facebook page:

I’m really concerned about the “evidence” against the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the “slam dunk” evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts.

After a thousand fan comments spanning a barrage of varying opinions, facts and personal thoughts, Tankian followed up, saying:

I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I’ve read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov’t and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes.
Once the civil war has ended it will be easier to deduce the guilty parties on both sides who have broken international laws and conventions and bring them to justice, preferably through the ICC or World Court to help strengthen those institutions to deal with crimes against humanity instead of weakening them as the US has in the past. Any thoughts on this?

Keeping the dialogue open, Tankian engaged his fans welcoming them to share their thoughts on his expanded outlook, and the continued crimes throughout the world against humanity.

Tankian, an Armenian-American, has long been a proponent of human rights, even forming the activist group Axis of Justice with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and tackling topics like genocide and overpopulation through his music.

The System of a Down singer’s latest musical efforts include his involvement in the jazz group Jazz-Iz-Christ. As for new System of a Down music, Tankian insists there is no timetable right now.

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