Serj Tankian Proposing 'UN Peace-Keeping Force to End the Civil War' in Syria

"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention," the singer says.

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian recently addressed the current situation in Syria, expressing concern over the evidence against Syrian government and stressing the need to find a peaceful solution.

"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention," Tankian stated via Facebook. "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."

The singer posted a follow-up statement two days later, further explaining his thoughts.

"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," he said. "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."

Tankian continued, "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?"

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    Agree 100% with Serj. The whole reason the UN was set up was so that countries could resolve problems together, rather than just one or two acting as the world's police force (that means YOU Obama!)
    How about proposing a new SOAD album.
    Because he just can't express a really intelligent opinion about a massive world issue which can have huge global consequences, right?
    intelligent opinions? he bases them on ideals and dreams, not on facts. reality check- assad has no interest in dealing with the rebels and nobody can make him do so. i used to think that system of a down somewhat understood the middle east. yet here he is making naive and uninformed comments. its good to be optimistic, but this is downright delusional. besides, even if there were a UN force deployed, it would be puppets of evil governments who support genocide
    So you suggest they don't waste time with pointless chit chat and go straight to bombing the shit out of them. You're a practical one.
    No use in attacking other people for what they say. Even if Assad DID want to reason with the rebels, there is a pretty big problem. The rebels are largely backed by Al Quaeda. As well as other smaller terrorist groups. We don't want the rebels to win, we just don't want Assad to get away with gassing civilians. Granted, we don't know if it was him. That's the problem we face.
    Right....Just go straight to the bombs...No talking or anything. Because, you know, that's worked out so well for the U.S. in the past...
    As much as I'd like to hear new SOAD already if new album will be "forced" then it will be bad. So calm down.
    they are. last show in us they said look for the new album coming up, but the real question, how is serj making a new album, paint with music, stop the war in syria and still not be to busy for any other things he does in his spare time. serj should be president of the universe.
    UN was meant to be an international, multilateral, peace-keeping force, but they don't do shit so USA end up blowing everyone up.
    The guy has a point. I surely believe this guy deserves the Nobel more than Obama who in my honest opinion, is not acting as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he's not really considering the victims nor the consequences of just attacking Syria.
    Nothing the bombs could do would be worse than what has already been done tot he citizens. I am against doing anything in retaliation against Syria but i do think they are already victims of their government. Both the rebels and Assad are in the wrong. Their is no right way to handle this situation. Obama has talked about the consequences in many of his addresses to the public.
    not acting as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he's not really considering the victims nor the consequences of just attacking Syria.
    He has stayed his hand and taken more time to consider, and to ask congress to consider, the consequences of any actions that may be taken. Meanwhile innocent civilians are still being attacked by their government, though.
    lol, meanwhile thousand of americans have no jobs, food or houses, and are being attacked by their own government. The **** are the american congress and presidency considering about Syria, when they can't even handle domestic issues?
    If it wasn't for the kids dying, I would just say let our enemies deal with it amongst themselves. The fact that innocent-civilians are being killed is the big problem, but sadly that is an inevitability. That, and Obama is positioning warships and threatening Syria without giving any reasonable objective. We can't hit their chemical-stockpiles without releasing more toxins into the air. He also said that he won't try and topple the Assad-regime. Add that to the fact that we're giving Assad time to shuffle Syria's stockpiles of chemical-weapons by waiting for Congress. We'll just be too late to strike with any kind of certainty about what we're hitting. What would we be fighting for?
    Prepare for political debates.
    Yup, better go and type generic "generic wait for the comments to flow in" on a topic I give two shits about comment. That said he is right, it could give more of an incentive for anyone to go against America, specially when this discovery of sarin gas was only "discovered by the Americans, let other nations have a say then letting the Americans do what they want and look away (I'm looking at you Canada.)
    If he thinks the UN has the power or the ability to do anything remotely close to stopping a civil war, then he is very naive. Most of these politically outspoken musicians and general celebrities are though.
    Sadly, too many politicians who actually have a say in what is going on also fit your description of "very naive".