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How Long Must The Syrian People Endure Assad?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Human Rights, Insurgents, Security Council, Terrorism, UN, United Nations with tags , , , on 14/07/2012 by floroy1942

For more than sixteen months the people have been dying on the streets of Syrian towns at the hands of a dictator who does not wish to relinquish power while the world stands by spectating. The crisis is no nearer ending than it was in the beginning, despite the useless but well-meaning intervention of Kofi Annan and his ‘Peace Plan’.

Russian Built Attack Helicopters

The plan, such as it was, never even got off the ground despite Annan’s assurances, for people are still dying daily in mortar, artillery and helicopter attacks such as we have recently seen in Tremseh in which an estimated 200 people died in a single strike. Pretty soon Assad will have no people left over which to govern, but still the world stands idly by because two countries, namely Russia and China, are more intent on protecting their interests in the country.

Apart from losing multi-billion dollar trade agreements with the Assad regime, Russia also stands to lose Tartus, its only Mediterranean port for its naval fleet. China on the other hand also stands to lose multi-billion dollar trade agreements with Syria if Assad should fall. These are reasons enough for them to stonewall any UN action to end the fighting with their veto powers at the UN.

The current veto powers of the UN top five countries (USA, Great Britain, Russia, France and China) goes back to the end of WW2, when the conquering nations agreed at the Dumbarton Oaks (August–October 1944) and Yalta (February 1945) conferences that such a move was necessary in the interests of unanimity and to protect their own interests after the bruising battles of the war.

Russian Warship

Since that time it has been used on various occasions by the five powers, normally to protect their own interests as is currently the case in Syria with Russia and China. So long as these two powers refuse to sanction moves against Assad, the world is unable to intervene with a UN military force to stop the killing.

Assad continues to blame terrorists for the troubles, and to be fair, there may be a grain of truth in that for it is certain there are elements of al Quada fighting within the country against the regime, because they probably see an opportunity to gain a foothold there from which to continue their nefarious campaign of terrorism.

Doctor Tries To Save An Injured Girl

It is however clear that Assad will not give up his power struggle unless he either wins, or the world powers step in to remove him. So the onus is back on Russia and China to get off the fence and vote for UN action against this man and his government before thousands more die.

In the past few months China has exercised its veto and otherwise remained fairly quiet, while Russia has made overtures to Assad to end the violence but the one quality missing was conviction.

There can be little doubt that something concrete must be done to stop this useless slaughter, and as I see it, the only way is to rid the United Nations of the stigma of the veto which has so often prevented proper action. Once no country has the right to prevent any UN action approved by the majority can the UN take its rightful place in the world as a leader and peacemeaker.

Roy.

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