Jay Tharappel on the whys and wherefores of the Syrian war by Perth Indymedia published on 2018-05-14T06:08:39Z A few weeks ago we promised to bring you a range of perspectives on the Syrian war. We've already spoken to Leila Al-Shami, blogger and co-author of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War. We also heard from Mark Goudkamp of the Sydney Stop the War coalition. Today we speak to Jay Tharappel. Jay is a PhD researcher at Sydney University's Political Economy Department, an anti-war campaigner with Hands off Syria, and a prominent political commentator on social media. We began our conversation with the question of the recent Western bombing of Syrian government targets, in the wake of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma by the Syrian Arab Army.