Syrians living in Qatar, take part in a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Doha, February 7, 2012, against the vetoing by Russia and China of a U.N. resolution that backed an Arab plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit. (photo by REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad)

Russian-Chinese Veto Reflects Poorly on UN Effectiveness

Author: alhayat

For almost a year now, the world has stood and idly watched the bloody spectacle unfolding daily in Syria, where the regime [of Bashar al-Assad] has been mercilessly killing children, terrorizing women and shedding the blood of innocents. The world has been left stuttering in the face of the Russian-Chinese veto, as if it were helpless, lacking any shred of humanity or morals. Meanwhile, Moscow and Beijing are supporting the Assad regime, enabling it with their veto to continue to commit massacres against its own people.

SummaryPrint The double veto of a draft Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian regime is but the latest example of how world powers use the council to further their own interests at the expense of human lives, writes Jameel Theyabi. He also notes that certain Islamic parties have remained silent in the face of the state-sponsored violence in Syria.
TranslatorIbrahim Jouhari

Many important countries see states in the rest of the world as cardboard constructs, and consider the blood of their people as cheap. The veto has been employed [to the detriment of the lives of many]. Major states use deceitful politics to serve their narrow interests, without regard for the safety and security of the downtrodden and the oppressed. 

The veto has become a license for oppression and crime. Washington used its veto [at the UN Security Council] to deny [international] recognition to the State of Palestine. Russia and China are now brazenly doing the same, making use of their veto power to enable the killing taking place in Syria. People [around the world] believe that the mission of the UN Security Council is to maintain peace and security by issuing resolutions to stop bloodshed, and protect humanity from brutality, violence and oppression. However, for certain powerful [states], the Security Council has become a tool to give permission to kill. [It has allowed some to] defend dictatorships that shed the blood of their people, using vulgar tactics and rhetoric to defend their position and attack other states.

The failure of the Security Council has brought about a [new global level of] fear. This has driven the Saudi King to state that the world is living in terrifying times. [The King] declared that what happened at the UN was a misstep that has shaken the world’s trust in the Council. There is no doubt that the failure of the international community to issue a resolution protecting the Syrian People from the killing machine is proof of the UN’s shortfalls. The world should not be ruled by countries that fail to [espouse principles of] justice and fairness. [Saudi] King [Abdullah bin Abdulaziz] alluded to this when he said, “Countries, no matter how important [they are], cannot rule the world. The world [can only be] ruled by reason, morality and justice.”

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, the position of the Gulf States has not changed. They have supported the Syrian people and stood by it publicly. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s speech during Ramadan last year was the first time an Arab official took a public position on [the events in] Syria. He asked the Syrian President to stop the killing machine, end the bloodshed, and refrain from the use of overwhelming force.

The King urged [the Syrian regime] to listen to reason before it was too late. However, the “bloodied regime” ignored these calls and continued with its brutality, forcing Riyadh to recall its ambassador to Syria. The King considered that the situation was [more serious] than any [of the Syrian regime’s pretexts] could excuse, and that developments in Syria were attributable to a regime drowning in murder, torture and destruction - all the while believing that it could continue to get away with its hideous crimes.

In order to reaffirm the Saudi and Gulf States’ position on [the upheaval in] Syria, the Kingdom decided to recall all the Saudi members of the monitoring delegation, as they were becoming [helpless] witnesses [to a crime]. [The King thought it especially suitable to recognize the failure of the Arab League mission] when the motives of the President of the Observer Mission in Syria, Lieutenant General Mohammad Al-Dabi became clear: He began aiding the regime instead of [impartially surveying] its actions and its crimes. Consequently, the Gulf States followed Saudi Arabia’s example and pulled their own observers, a move accelerated by the fact that Syria failed to comply with the Arab Leagues’ recommendations. Next, the GCC States decided to expel the ambassadors of the Syrian regime [present in their countries]. It is also expected that they will soon recognize the Syrian National Council as the true representative of the Syrian People following the regime’s refusal to engage with all possible solutions, choosing blood over peace.

It is also important to note the manipulation of political Islamist parties [in the region] of [public opinion] to justify their silence over the killing of unarmed civilians in Syria, even though some of their leaders live only meters away from where the “shabiha” are killing the Syrian people. Hamas, and several other groups close to the Muslim Brotherhood, have ignored the killing in Syria and have been careful with the words [they choose in reacting to the uprising]. They have not issued any condemnation of Assad’s crimes against his people. However, these groups will no longer be able continue [deceiving] the Arab People, despite the fact that their supporters still defend their positions.

Ismail Haniyeh [a Hamas leader and the acting Prime Minister in the Gaza strip] and Khaled Meshaal [the Hamas party chairman] have remained mute, as if they were consenting to the crimes committed by Assad and his “shabiha.” Moreover, Haniyeh recently ignored the [calls] of the indignant Arab people by travelling to Iran to shake hands with those supplying the Syrian regime with money and equipment. [Haniyeh] clearly places little value on the blood of the Syrian people, and shows no hesitation in pouring salt into the deep wounds of the Arabs.

The Russian-Chinese veto in favor of the Assad Regime, as well as the silence of certain Islamic political parties in the face of the the massacres against the Syrian people, will not help Assad and his gang survive. It is only a matter of time before Assad’s escape is announced. 2012 will herald the fall of another dictator, to follow the multitude who fell in 2011. 

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