Tuesday both Russia and China vetoed United Nations sanctions against Syria, intended to punish President Bashar al Assad’s government for its violent crackdown against civilians in the uprising that’s claimed a reported nearly 3,000 lives.
Other countries on the security council abstained from the vote, including Brazil, India and South Africa.
These countries remember how they were burned when they were lied to by the U.S., France and Britain, when the security council voted on sanctions against Libya.
The Libya sanctions were meant to enforce a “no fly zone” in order to “protect civilians” during the civil war there. The U.S., France and the U.K. turned Resolution 1973 into a mechanism for regime-change, with massive bombardments, which also claimed the lives of civilians, including 85 in the city of Zlitan alone.
Another U.N. resolution, 1970, barred arms shipments to Libya; France violated it by air dropping heavy weapons on Western Libya.
Meanwhile, the U.S., France and the U.K. out-sourced the bombing campaign to NATO, which then acted as the air force of the insurrectionists from Benghazi and Misurata, allowing them to march on and to seize Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
Along the way, the insurrectionists committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, slitting the throats of suspected al-Quathafi supporters, lynching migrant workers from other African countries, and targeting Black Libyans for ethnic cleansing Misurata and Tawargha. The entire 35,000 population of
Tawargha was depopulated.
Much of the evidence of the atrocities was proudly posted by Benghazi on Youtube.
One insurrectionist military unit was even brazenly called “The Brigade for Purging Slaves, black skin” The Wall Street Journal reported on June 21. After razing the homes of Black Libyans in Tawargha, the killers scribbled the words “slaves” and “negroes” on the walls, as reported in The Wall Street Journal on September 13.
A United States Congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr., has already called on the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to investigate what he correctly refers to as “crimes against humanity.” So far his appeal has fallen on deaf ears as The White House and State Department have yet to even mention the atrocities.
The Libyan calamity was entirely predictable as Benghazi had demonstrated racist animus towards Black people from the start of the civil war in February. In commentary published on May 21, it was predicted that the abuse of Resolution 1973 by the U.S., U.K., and France would destroy the United Nations security council and prevent any serious future action against Syria by the council.
Sadly, it has been vindicated.
It stated “NATO’s U.N.-endorsed criminality was decried by Russia’s Vladimir Putin as resembling a call to medieval “crusade.” It has also probably sealed the fate of Russia’s President Dimitri Medvedev; Putin will probably run next year and get re-elected president. Now, when U.N. action is necessary against Syria, the troika of U.S., France and the U.K. have lost the moral highground; Russia, China, Brazil and India can’t trust their motives. Resolution 1973 was largely obtained due to the narrow-mindedness and vindictiveness of France’s embattled and erratic president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is faring so poorly that he trails Marine Le Pen’s far right National Front Party.”
Russia, China and India on Tuesday rejected sanctions against Syria. Russia’s United Nations ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, “said Russia couldn’t consider the Resolution without taking into account the council’s actions in Libya.”
The observations about Dimitri Medvedev was spot on; Putin recently announced that he will return as president in the Spring. Sarkozy is also on course to being voted out in a few months.
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday called the Russia and China vetoes “an outrage.” That’s like an assassin mourning over the dead prey.
No Ms. Rice: the despicable outrage was how the U.S., U.K., and France destroyed the Security Council by abusing Resolution 1973 and 1970.
It’s also unlikely that Syrians, including those who want to see Bashar deposed, are eager to have NATO do to Syria what it did to Libya.
Libya is now a balkanized country wshich may become the next Afghanistan or Somalia thanks to the U.S., U.K. and France.