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The Veto Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, Equality, European Union, Islamic Revolution, Israel, News, Security Council, Summit, United Nations with tags , , , , on 13/04/2017 by floroy1942

Is it any wonder that Russia vetoed the Security Councils resolution on the Syria chemical attack? The veto has been a thorn in the side of the United Nations for the last forty years.

Russian Veto

In my view the only reason Russia is backing Assad is to retain their military bases in Syria. Practically the whole world  blames Assad for the chemical attacks on his own people but Russia still stands by him, and has done since the beginning of the conflict.

Russia has a naval base in Syria on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea given to them by Assad and they don’t want to lose it, which is why they are backing him.

Negotiations have been going on for years trying to stop Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people, but all have failed because of Russia’s backing.

Founders of the United Nations

The veto goes back to the time when the United Nations was formed by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin after the Second World War and they initiated the veto to stop other countries from putting the world in danger. It has survived up to the present day and many of the decisions made by various countries have stopped positive action being taken against nations that have caused problems. The only exception was the Korean War which took place in 1950. Here the United Nations acted as it was supposed to and stopped the Communists from taking over the whole Korean peninsula.

But when you get to the present day the veto has caused more problems in the world. The United States vetoed any action against Israel during the war with Egypt in 1973 among many others, and Russia has constantly vetoed any action against Assad.

In my view the veto should be scrapped, for all countries must have a say in how the world is run. If it is, then we can stop many conflicts around the world before they get started.

I have for a long time said that the United Nations has a duty to put an end to the ISIS threat once and for all. It should gather a group of nations and go in and wipe them out. Once ISIL has been thoroughly defeated then the world can return to peace, and Islam will get the message that they will never end up ruling the world. Assad should be arrested and put on trial for the atrocities he has committed against his own people.

It is only by the concerted efforts of all countries that this debacle will end. The sad thing is, it will never end until Russia stops backing Assad.

Sad to say, the United Nations has lost its original mandate and become nothing more than a talking shop that does not achieve anything when it comes to world peace. The true purpose of its foundation was lost years ago, and today it does nothing more than verbally ‘condemn’ actions by countries or groups that want to cause trouble.

The Syrian war has been going on for years, but if the United Nations had stepped in positively at the beginning it would have been long over.

It is time for the United Nations to start acting as it was intended, and prevent wars breaking out. If it does not, then we might as well scrap it.

Roy.

Where Is Our World Heading?

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Islamic State, Muslim, News, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Security Council, United Nations with tags , , , , on 09/11/2016 by floroy1942

Not since the Second World War have there been so many problems in our world as today. It makes me wonder what our future holds for us. On every continent there is trouble and strife, unbounded crime, often violent demonstrations by the public, and in many cases war.

What does the future hold for the human race? Are we headed for complete annihilation in a few decades? The steadily rising tensions between the United States and Russia are an indication that we could be headed for a nuclear war if someone doesn’t do something to cool down relations between the two countries.

This has all been brought about by the rising tensions over the battles raging in Syria because the Russians back Assad, while the West considers him a criminal.

The ISIS insurgency is causing major problems all across the world from the Far East to Western shores and currently there is no end solution. As I have often said, if the U.N. were to put together an international force to wipe out ISIS and all other Muslim insurgents wherever they appear we could return to peace, but they just don’t seem interested. So consequently we have many nations fighting this terrorist organisation and they cannot all agree on the way forward. This is causing tensions among many governments and has led to major disagreements between Russia and the western nations.

Also there is the rising tensions between China and many Far Eastern countries over control of the East and South China Seas, which China claims for itself. They have no right to do this, and many countries including Japan, are fighting against it.

On top of this we have the governments of many lands at loggerheads with the population in many parts of the world where people want a change of leadership. This is evident in places like South Africa, Venezuela, Libya, Yemen, Japan and even Singapore among many others. Unrest is spreading across the globe as more and more people are dissatisfied with their government. The world has never seen as many problems as we have now.

The big problem for mankind is, where will it all end? If Russia and the West cannot solve their problems we could see a nuclear war breaking out, and that would mean the end of life on this planet. The leaders of the world need to come together to work out plans for peace before we end up starting the Armageddon process from which there would be no turning back.

The United Nations (even the name is a farce for they are a long way from being united) needs to come together with no preconceived ideas, and talk to each other honestly and with sincerity if the human race is to survive.

All countries need to work together if we are to solve the tensions that exists between nations. On top of that, they need to discuss the many problems that face the world like famine, hunger, over population, climate change, and of course the threat of wars breaking out.

Ever since the United Nations stepped in to stop communists from taking over South Korea in 1950 it has done nothing but stand on the sidelines. There have been many high level discussions about problems in the world, but all have achieved nothing.

To my mind the United Nations has outgrown its usefulness for they seem incapable of solving any of the world’s problems. I have not heard yet of a top level meeting between the five nations of the Security Council to solve the ongoing problems between Russia and The West. You have to ask if they are capable of doing such a thing, for everyone is out for their own interests.

With the rising tensions across the world one would expect the U.N. to be in the forefront of attempts to make peace, but no, they just sit on their fat backsides and do nothing.

People in most countries not directly affected by these tensions go about their daily business without a care in the world, for they do not see the building of tensions among certain countries and what could ensue from this.

If mankind is to survive there has to be serious discussion and agreement on tackling the problems of the world, otherwise we are all lost. Lets hope that in the near future the people at the top will see the sense in this.

Roy.

A Short Sharp Lesson For The British Government

Posted in America, Britain, David Cameron, England, European Union, Immigration, News, Parliament, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 25/06/2014 by floroy1942
Russian President Address the Duma

Russian President Addresses the Duma

On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :

“In Russia , live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need Muslim minorities . Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’ .

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia .

The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians”.

The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

It is a sad day when a Communist leader makes more sense than our own political leaders !!!!

My thanks to an old colleague who sent me this.

Roy.

Is It Time For Cameron To Go?

Posted in Children, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Gays, Human Rights, Immigration, News, Parenting with tags , , , , on 31/01/2014 by floroy1942

I never thought I would say this, for I have been willing to give Cameron a chance to right the many wrongs bequeathed to him by the last Labour government. With the latest developments however, I am ready to admit perhaps it is time for him to go.

Syrian Refugees

Syrian Refugees

Two things came up in the last few days that have turned me against him. The first was that Britain immediately stepped to the forefront of all European nations and volunteered to take in hundreds of refugees from the fighting in Syria. While my heart goes out to these poor people, I have to ask why Britain should be in the lead? What about the other European countries like Germany, Holland, France etc. Why did the British government have to be the leader?

I also have to ask, why are the other Arab nations like Saudi Arabia and the many other Middle East nations standing on the sidelines and doing absolutely nothing to (a) stop the war in Syria and (b) doing more to assimilate the refugees?  Sure, they have refugee camps but they are not making any attempt to give these people a proper home by allowing them to integrate into their society. They just maintain the camps and expect European countries to give the refugees a permanent home.

We already have more than enough immigrants in the country thanks to Labour, and now the Tories are opening the door again. We should have stood back and found out how many of these poor people other European countries were willing to take before we jumped in. But no, we have our international reputation to think about!

Time To Think What You Are Doing

Time To Think What You Are Doing

The British tax payer is already carrying a massive burden supporting the hundreds of thousands Labour let in. Now we will have to feed, clothe and house hundreds more refugees.

Another question comes to the fore, are they also to be given British citizenship and become permanent residents like those in Labour times?

While it is right and proper to help these refugees, there should be a limit on how much we do for them. The British people themselves are going through a very tough time and we should be helping our own first. It is a fact that this country just cannot afford to be at the forefront of such things any more. It would seem the Cameron government have still not learnt that lesson.

The second thing that got my goat is the government handing out extra tax payers money to homosexual groups to help them protest at the Sochi Games in Russia. Mr, Cameron, what happens in other countries regarding this issue is none of the British tax payers concern. If these people wish to protest at the stance Russia is taking on this problem then let them pay for it themselves. Why in fact are we giving these people any tax payers money at all? It’s disgraceful!

Miller - She Could Better Keep Her Mouth Closed

Miller – She Could Better Keep Her Mouth Closed

British Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said that giving extra funding to protest groups such as Stonewall was “common sense”(???) so they could make their point at the Olympics. Ms Miller said in an interview: “It’s very important indeed we use the opportunity of the Winter Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly, which is at the heart of the Olympic charter and important to the Olympic movement, We are already putting in place additional support to make sure that gay rights organisations have got the sort of support and expertise that I think can make a real difference with the work they are doing on the ground in Russia.”

To Ms. Miller I have only one thing to say. What goes on in Russia is no business of ours! Russia has never been, nor will ever be a British colony, so we should keep our noses out of other people’s business.

He Is Not Amused!

He Is Not Amused!

Personally, I applaud Mr. Putin’s stance and wish we had done the same, but that will never happen in such a politically correct and human rights minded country like ours. At least the Russians will not be subjected to disgusting ‘Gay’ Parades and all the rest of their propaganda. At least their children will not be educated to think homosexuality is ‘normal’ like ours.

Back to the point, I fail to see what motive the government has for such a radical action. I have no doubt Putin will shrug it off and ensure that anyone making propaganda for the deviants will immediately be arrested and imprisoned, and so they should be. Europe has seen too much of this ‘Human Rights’ crap, and while many of the basic rules are sensible and necessary, they have been manipulated by unscrupulous people (and lawyers) for their own ends.

Gay Parade - Disgusting!

Gay Parade – Disgusting!

We have reached a stage where we cannot deport immigrant criminals or even send them to prison. We have to release criminals early just to satisfy these messed up laws.

Deviants are allowed to marry, and even adopt children before the psychological effects on a child being brought up in such a marriage have even been guessed at. They are allowed to flaunt their deviousness in obscene parades but still, they have their ‘human rights’.

Cameron and his cronies have to learn that, in my view, these two decisions in particular will not go down well with the British public. All he is doing now is drive voters into the UKIP camp.

Roy.

Reaction To The Scandalous Syria Debate

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, David Cameron, England, News, Politics, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 01/09/2013 by floroy1942
Demonstrators On The Streets Of Britain

Demonstrators On The Streets Of Britain

In the beginning I was skeptical about us taking any action in Syria (See last post), but have rapidly become convinced that it is the only way to stop the proliferation of chemical attacks on civilians by the Assad regime, and give a warning to other dictators across the world who may wish to use them.

Having become convinced, and as an educated Brit, I have to hang my head in shame at the attitude of the Labour Party and the general public to the crisis in Syria. All the talk is of David Cameron getting beaten by Ed Miliband in the Commons debate this last week because Miliband changed his mind on the day of the debate, after first agreeing that action should be contemplated. At no time previously did Cameron say we were going to ‘march into war’ against the Assad regime, only that we should be prepared to back the Americans in a targeted missile strike against specific government forces military installations.

This Is The Joker Labour Want Us To Vote For In The Next Election

This Is The Joker Labour Want Us To Vote For In The Next Election

However, clever political manoeuvring by Miliband, who was afraid of his own party and losing electorate backing, made a jump to the other side and scuppered the whole plan. His whole stance has been to curry favour with the electorate, and silence his many critics within his own party. But there again, I suppose we should expect nothing less from this spineless, slimy, individual who leads a political party that successfully brought the country to its knees, shafted the people, and sabotaged its traditions and way of life.

I have spent considerable time reading comments on the various stories as they appeared on Yahoo, and the one thing that surprised me more than anything is that the greater majority of the writers don’t care what is happening there and just want to ‘pull up the drawbridge’. It’s not our problem” – “We should stay out of it” – “Why should our boys be killed in a foreign country?” There are almost 2000 comments on these articles and more then 90% of them are against involvement.

Cruise Missile Submarine Launch

Cruise Missile Submarine Launch

This is despite the fact that at no time was it planned for troops to be involved as the response would be made by cruise missiles from the Americans aimed at strategic military bases of the Assad forces. In short, there would be no ‘boots on the ground’ to use an American expression. But still hundreds are bleating about ‘Our boys getting killed over there’!

It is so easy to look at TV images and newspaper photographs of people suffering and not want to get involved, but all the pictures in the world will not accurately describe the suffering. If I had my way I would ship a few thousand of these dissenters, including Miliband and his acolytes, over to Syria and let then see first hand the results of a chemical weapons attack, and what it does to the human body. I would have them see first-hand the pain and suffering of the ordinary Syrian people in this civil war, and I guarantee you 90% of them would be throwing up at the sight of it and would change their minds in a heartbeat.

The Results Of Sarin Gas Use

The Results Of Sarin Gas Use

Chemical weapons are the most heinous of weapons and assault the innocent as well as military forces, but they were deliberately unleashed on civilians who had nothing to do with the fighting, many of them children I might add. It is a horrible way to die, the terror of which can scarcely be imagined, and there is nothing you can do to stop it unless you have a gas mask, and civilians don’t. The release of this weapon was a calculated and extremely callous act which must be answered – by someone.

It is very clear from the last two years that the other Arab nations are not prepared to stick their necks out and deal with Assad, so it is left up to those nations still left in the world that have a conscience. As usual this is America, Great Britain, and this time France. However, the British people have made it clear they do not want to ‘go to war’, not understanding that we would not be, the attack is nothing more than a ‘shot across the bows’ for Assad, warning him that the use of weapons of mass destruction will not be tolerated in the world. No-one, I repeat no-one has said a word about ‘going to war’ with Syria, that is all in the mind of these poor misguided creatures who think we should do nothing.

If nothing is done to warn Assad against using these weapons, he will continue to use them because he knows he can, and no-one will stop him. It would be foolish for the world to turn its back on what has happened in Syria over the past two weeks, for then at the first sign of trouble, every dictator in the world will start using them if they think it’s necessary.

Agent Orange - An Unprotected Soldier Sprays Agent Orange On Foliage

Agent Orange – An Unprotected Soldier Sprays Agent Orange On Foliage

Many of the commentators began bleating about the American’s using agent Orange during the Vietnam war in which thousands died. They called it a chemical attack without really knowing that it was defoliant used to strip the trees of their leaves so the Communists could not hide under them. When it was first used nobody had any idea of the terrible effects it had on the human body until it was too late. I have seen photo’s of American soldiers on the ground during a spraying and they all got covered in  it. Is the American government so callous that it would kill its own men too? I doubt it. This to me makes it clear that the product was put into service far too quickly without its full effects being known. It was a mistake, and a big one, but I am sure it was not intentional. But the uninformed idiots that occupy Britain these days, most of whom were not even born then, are calling it a chemical attack, when to all intents the only casualties were the trees. It was only later that its disastrous effects on the human body became apparent.

One disillusioned man was even convinced that the whole Arab Spring, including Syria, is a plot by western governments and their “Oligarchs” to take over all the Middle East countries and so get their hands on the oil. He even went further to say that 9/11 was ‘arranged by these same people to stoke up anti-Arab feeling’. How can any sane person with an iota of common sense think such a thing. Its too bizarre for words.

On a different level, it is no surprise that Putin has spoken out about the proposed action, saying in effect that the whole story is western propaganda and there was no gas attack. This comes as no surprise to me, for the Russians have steadfastly vetoed any plans to stop the needless bloodshed in Syria. The reason behind this is that Russia is making billions from trade with Assad, and more importantly, they wish to protect the only naval seaport they have outside the Black Sea in Tartus, Syria.

Russian Warships In The Harbour

Russian Warships In Tartus Harbour

Careful examination of the northern part of the port using Google Earth reveals the truth of this, including one photograph. Putin does not want Assad to be replaced because the Russians know they will lose this port, which will push their Navy back into the Black Sea with its narrow entrance controlled by Turkey. Reason enough to back Assad to the hilt. This is on top of the billions of dollars they make in trade with Syria, including military hardware. China is the other UN member to use its veto, and while they have no military interest in Syria, they do have billions of dollars in trade with Syria.

Arab League In Session

Arab League In Session

Some have argued that the Arab League should shoulder the load of sorting out the problems in Syria, and I agree 100%. It is an Arab problem and they are best suited to solving it, but I think they are afraid they may incur the wrath of the terrorists groups who are distinctly active in the conflict. I have said in previous posts on the subject that I believe they are deeply involved, as they were in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Their one goal is to see the whole Arab world, and then the rest of us, as a Muslim State with their barbarous Sharia Law. They will not stop fermenting trouble until they get it.

But that is a side issue because the main thrust of the whole subject is that no-one, I repeat, no-one should be allowed to use chemical weapons with impunity because this will set a precedent for every tin-pot dictator to do as they please.

A Man With A Conscience And A Big Problem

A Man With A Conscience And A Big Problem

The latest news indicates that Barak Obama will now go to Congress to sanction the planned actions against Assad. The result of this may be anticipated by some, but the outcome is by no means certain.

UN Inspector On The Ground

UN Inspector On The Ground

Many, including Labour, are saying we should wait for the outcome of the UN investigation before deciding on action. Many are convinced that it is all a rebel plot to deceive us. What most people fail to realize is that the rebels do not have any aircraft or pilots, and more importantly, no chemical weapons as these are all in the hands of Assad forces. So I fail to see how they could launch such an attack. I am willing to admit that I may be wrong, but as things stand at the moment that is the only conclusion that can be drawn.

The one thing that is clear is that the UN inspectors will make no attempt to provide information on this issue, for their mandate has been purely to establish if chemical weapons were used and nothing more. So even when they bring out their report, which will be delayed by several weeks, it will not change the situation one iota. It will still be a judgement call by western nations.

Areas Of Recent Gas Attacks

Areas Of Recent Gas Attacks

Do not forget that this last attack was by no means the first as there have been many preceding it in other areas. To me it looks like Assad was ‘testing the waters’ with these earlier attacks just to see what the international reaction would be. He got away with them without a big fuss and so decided to go in for the big one. I am sure that if the international community do not react strongly to this latest outrage he will do it again and again.

Much has been said about the West aiding the rebels, but that also is untrue. Any strike by the coalition would not be giving significant aid to them because there would be very few targets attacked. It has never been the intention to ‘rain down’ missiles all over Syria, but merely to take out a small number of selected sites to show Assad that he cannot get away with using WMD on his own people.

A Victim - What If This Was Your Child?

A Victim – What If This Was Your Child?

Commentators have also blamed the rebels for the tragic napalm attack on a school that took place last week after the gas attack. Many children and adults were literally incinerated alive in this attack and many more received up to 90% burns over their bodies. Pictures of the victims abounded on the internet, but still people blamed the rebels, despite them having no means of delivery.

Napalm Cannister

Napalm cannister

Unlike phosphorous, napalm cannot be fired from guns but must be dropped by aircraft. This is because by their very nature, napalm weapons must have very thin walls so as to burst on impact and spread their contents as far as possible, and to try and fire them from an artillery piece would mean they explode in the barrel. For this reason they have to be dropped by aircraft, which the rebels don’t have. From the many comments on this story it is clear that the general public is making up its mind in total ignorance of any knowledge on the subject.

Sadly, this is a dangerous precedent, for it means there will be no censure of Assad outside of useless rhetoric, which he will take as a ‘licence to kill’ and continue the slaughter of innocents. Most people seem to be content to leave it all to the UN, but as we have learned over the years, the UN is a ‘toothless tiger’ that has betrayed its original ideals for the last 70 years. Winston Churchill will be spinning in his grave at the sorry mess it has become.

Roy.

Stop Press: The Express newspaper is currently carrying a headline that says: Senior Syrian military chiefs tell captain: fire chemicals or be shot. While I am sure many of the disbelievers  among the public decry this as government propaganda, I doubt it. According to a high ranking RAF officer:  “The commander of the artillery battery told the regional commander that he would not comply and there was a heated exchange. He was told in direct language that unless the order was carried out, he would be shot. A total of 27 chemical artillery shells were then fired at the suburb in a 14-minute period.”

The conversation was monitored and recorded by British officers based at the remote mountain-top RAF Troodos Signals Intelligence listening post in Cyprus and within minutes details of the conversation had been relayed to GCHQ, Whitehall and the Pentagon according to the Express. I have been to Cyprus with the RAF and I can assure readers that such a monitoring station exists.

This is just another nail in the coffin of Assad for Miliband and all the millions of doubters that are crying for us to stay out of it. The evidence is piling up and there are thousands of such pieces of information that have been gathered on the subject. Pretty soon Miliband, the Labour Party, as well as all the doubters will have a mass of egg on their faces.

Roy.

Should The USA/UK Interfere In Syria?

Posted in Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Iran, Obama, Politics, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 25/08/2013 by floroy1942

Many of the current headlines indicate that both the American President and our Prime Minister are building up to military intervention in Syria in an attempt to stop the use of chemical weapons. An extremely laudable idea, but is it wise? The Syrian crisis has caused the death of thousands of Syrian people since it began, and there have been suspicions that chemical weapons have been used on several occasions and each side is blaming the other. It is without doubt a serious situation and the end of the conflict is nowhere in sight.

Syria Gas Attacks

Syria Gas Attacks

It is perhaps time that an outside force moved in to stop the violence, but the USA and the UK again? I am sure that would not go down well with other Arab countries especially after the intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. These two invasions caused much hatred of the USA and the UK in the Arab world, which resulted in bomb attacks in New York, London and Madrid. Admittedly the intervention in Afghanistan was UN sponsored, but still caused resentment from the people because the bulk of the forces were either American or British.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

It Is The Rebels Who Are Using Chemical Weapons.

Syria is most assuredly a difficult problem, for American and British intervention would be significant in stopping the needless bloodshed of the Syrian people and save thousands of lives, but must be weighed against the resentment created from other nations.  Iran in particular has warned against such action by saying publicly that ‘the US should not to cross the “red line” on Syria’, adding that such an action, ‘would have “severe consequences”, What those consequences are is anyone’s guess, for unless it resorts to terrorist practices it cannot really strike at the USA.

The Silent Arab Union States

The Silent Arab Union States

What I do find rather mystifying is the silence of the Arab Union states on the question of Syria. Occasionally one or other politician comes out with a half-hearted request for Assad to stop fighting and negotiate a peace deal, but other than that they have remained relatively silent. I would have expected more concrete action from this Arab version of the UN, like embargo’s and real pressure on both sides in Syria to stop fighting, and more importantly, killing innocent civilians. Sadly, they seem a pale reminder of the real UN which has become nothing more than a talking shop these days.

It remains to be seen if the UN will finally take positive action to stop the slaughter in Syria, but after two years, I for one am not hopeful. In political language, the strongest condemnation of the Assad regime has come from President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron this last week, who were quoted as saying, “they were “gravely concerned” about the situation. This is two steps up from ‘concerned’, which is followed by ‘seriously concerned’ in political speak and which indicates they are very unhappy.

 Ayman al-Zawahri - Current al Quada Leader

Ayman al-Zawahri – Current al Quada Leader

We can be fairly certain that if an American/British force take any part in the Syria conflict it will not go down well with the terrorist groups who are looking for any excuse to have another go at us. The al Quada leaders, and every radical Muslim cleric will use it as an excuse to whip up more hatred of the West, and is sure to encourage more young Muslims to enlist as suicide bombers or become fighters. We could see a new wave of bombing attacks, much like London, Madrid and Boston on the cards, and for what, perhaps solving a problem that should be sorted out by the other Arab nations.

Syrian Rebels

Syrian Rebels

Apart from the occasional mild verbal exchange, countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain etc. have done nothing, even though this conflict is happening on their doorstep so to speak, and is a fellow Arab country. They have all steadfastly distance themselves from the entire scenario. Other Arab countries like Iraq and Egypt are not in a position to give an opinion on the Syria conflict for they have internal problems of their own, and interesting to note that other Arab countries are staying out of those problems too. Its like they don’t want to take any responsibility for actions taken to stop these conflicts, but are happy to sit on the side-lines and let the West handle them, and I might add, get all the criticism.

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

Chemical Gas Attack Victims

The only Arab country to so far voice any strong opinions is Iran. This should come as no surprise to anyone for they will use any excuse to have a go at the West, especially America. Another factor is that they are most certainly supplying arms to Syria so do not want to ‘upset the apple cart’ and hit their profits. Another advantage for them is that it is successfully diverting world attention away from their own nuclear ambitions. Notice that there has been practically no mention of Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the world press for months now as everyone concentrates on getting the most they can out of the Syria story!

The UN - All Teeth But No Bite!

The UN – All Teeth But No Bite!

It would seem to me that the only way the world can put a stop to this situation is for the Untied Nations to start acting in the way first intended by its founder, Winston Churchill. At least half the world’s nations should contribute to a UN Force that will go in and separate the two sides and negotiate a peace deal. It should not be left up to America and Britain to supply the greatest bulk of the forces as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nations should be strongly represented by at least a thousand men and associated equipment, although smaller countries would provide something proportionate to their size and available military forces. There are at least 189 independent countries in the world (estimates vary) which means, discounting the very small ones, something in the region of perhaps 150,000 man UN Force could be assembled, which would be more than enough to control Syria. It is quite possible that even the threat of such a move would be sufficient to stop the fighting. Strong UN intervention would not only stop the civil war, but also, if it is proven that Assad actually used chemical weapons then he and his generals could be brought before a UN court to face justice. Naturally, if it was in fact the rebels then they would face justice.

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

The Russian Fleet Harbour In Syria

Naturally, none of this will ever happen for several reasons. Instead of being a force for peace and justice in the world as was originally envisaged, The UN has become nothing more than a toothless tiger, a talking shop where politicians the world over can debate for endless hours without taking any decisions, and do not need to take action on anything. Another reason is the veto exercised by both Russia and China to protect their own investments and trade with the Assad regime. Russia fears it will lose not only billions of dollars worth of trade and arms sales to Syria, but also its only naval base outside the Black Sea. China on the other hand also has a multi-billion trade deal with the Assad regime.

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

Ethiopian Soldiers Fighting In Korea

I can already hear the comments of some bright person who will say that to assemble an international force on the scale laid out above will be nigh on impossible because of the logistics involved. So are we saying that our grandfathers were more capable than we are today, given what they had to work with at the time? The same thing happened with the Korean War in which 22 nations took part, even tiny Luxemburg. That was the only time when the UN acted as it is supposed to do and it stopped the whole of the Korean peninsular becoming like the North is today. Given our much increased logistic capabilities today why can we not make it happen? There are sufficient assembly areas in neighbouring countries like Jordan and Turkey and a two pronged attack is a good way to go if the two sides do not lay down their arms. The forces stay until peace has been established and an interim government is installed, and then leave.

It sounds simple and I know it is not, but this is the only way for the UN to resolve disputes when war breaks out and ensure that the nations on Earth can live in peace with each other.

There can be little doubt that if America and Britain, even with the help of the French, were to ‘invade’ Syria the repercussions could be significant, and drive yet another wedge between the Muslims and Western countries.

Roy.

News Flash:-

Its amazing how just a few short hours can change things. Since I posted this article the US and Britain, along with France have stated that they are planning military action against the Assad regime within the next two weeks according to The Independent. The action will most likely be restricted to missile strikes from the US Carrier Force stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean on strategic government targets in Syria.

William Hague - Britain's Foreign Minister

William Hague – Britain’s Foreign Minister

The British Foreign Minister, William Hague, has said, “We cannot in the 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity and there are no consequences,” Another  Downing Street source said: “We intend to show that an attack of this nature will not pass without a serious response.”

American Carrier Fleet

American Carrier Fleet

At this time it is anticipated that all strikes will be with missiles and no ground troops or aircraft will be employed. Although the action will come from the American Naval Fleet, both Britain and France stand together with America politically in this action. Should the strike actually take place, we can all expect a reaction from Iran which can range from threats to subversive action, and there is a likely possibility of terrorist reprisal.

This step has been taken because of the four day delay by Syrian government forces in allowing the UN Inspection Team on the ground to visit and assess the area of the latest outrage. The three leaders are convinced this delay was to allow Assad forces time to remove incriminating evidence.

Roy.

Turkey, Syria and the Security Council

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Islamic Revolution, Security Council, Terrorists, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , on 14/10/2012 by floroy1942

For the last twenty months or so the world has stood impotently by and watched the death and devastation in Syria. More than 33,000 people, mostly civilians, have died so far in the conflict, with more being added every day. The war, for war it is, can no longer be classified as ‘a popular uprising’ for it has escalated far beyond that and now even involves a neighbour, Turkey.

First Security Council In Session- 1946

First Security Council In Session- 1946

When the conflict began it was the Arab League who first requested that the UN undertake action to stop the conflict, but when the proposal went to the Security Council the process stalled because Russia and China were too intent on protecting their interests in Syria and used their veto power. The Russians sell arms to the Assad regime, and both it and China have large trade agreements with his government. Russia also has another interest in that Syria provides it with the only western port for their navy outside the Black Sea. 

Many analysts feared a protracted Middle East War in the beginning if anyone intervened, but considering it was the Arab League that initiated the call for action I fail to see how that is possible. Since the entire crisis blew up into open conflict both Russia and China have sat on the fence blocking positive action by the United Nations. As in many minor wars in the past forty years like Bosnia the world is forced to stand by and do nothing because one or other country in the Security Council votes against action.

The Meeting of the Big Three

The whole idea of the Security Council was the brain wave of Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War (Yalta Conference) when he proposed to President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin that while all nations should be members, the victors (USA, Britain, Russia, France and China) should be the ones to have the deciding votes on any decisions taken by the United Nations.

Scene of the First Security Council Meeting 1946

The first meeting of the newly formed United Nations Security Council took place on 17 January 1946 at Church House Westminster in London. It was a noble idea with all the right intentions, but the geographical and political changes that occurred after the war, i.e. the forming of the Soviet Bloc and the Communist takeover of China, caused the introduction of countries looking out for their own interests above that of the world. This feeling has accelerated out of control over the past thirty years.

Now a new dimension to the Syrian conflict has been added by the involvement of Turkey. Because Turkey is a member of NATO, this now brings all the NATO countries on to the stage. This scenario would have dangerous possibilities of serious consequences if mad-men ruled, for just supposing the Syrian Army felt disposed to mounting an attack on Turkey, The Turks and the rest of NATO respond and then Russia steps in of Syria’s side. I don’t even want to go down that road!

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Anyway, the point of this exercise is that Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Turkish Prime Minister has now openly criticised the Security Council for its lack of response to this crisis, and in my mind it is way past time when this whole system came under heavy scrutiny. I have stated previously (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/should-certain-nations-have-the-veto-power-at-the-un) that I find the idea of certain nations having the power of veto over all United Nations decisions is long outdated. While the original idea was sound and made with good intentions, it has been corrupted beyond measure by nations now looking after their own interests instead of world stability and peace.

This current attitude by Russia and China, and on previous occasions by the USA, has led to the UN becoming nothing more than a very expensive talking shop. Self-important people gather on a regular basis but nothing ever results in action when the muck hits the fan. If we are to have a forum for world politics that actually works, every country needs to have an equal vote, where the majority rule and not a select few.

al Quada – The Scourge of Modern Times.

Islam is on the rise again, and it is well known that terrorists groups like al Quada are deeply involved in the Syrian conflict as well as many other countries that have have played a part in the ‘Arab Spring’. Africa is also going through a period of conflict with insurgents trying to gain control of countries like Mali, Somalia and Yemen. We have the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and so far neither the Coalition Forces or the Pakistan Army have been able to wipe them out.

We seem to be falling headlong into a series of global disputes and insurgency that is going to require a heavy hand by all the countries of the world to put down if we are all to live in peace for the foreseeable future. The only political group capable of solving these problems on a global scale is the United Nations, but they will continue to be impotent if we retain the veto. It is time for all politicians, governments and countries to stand together and say: “Enough!”

Malala – An Unlikely Heroine

It is time for governments to start listening to the people, and act on the will of the people. Since the attempted assassination by the Taliban of 14 year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan who campaigned for the right of Muslim girls to receive an education, the ordinary people of Pakistan have been demonstrating in the streets for an end to the violence and kidnapping in their country by the insurgents. The people of Syria wish no longer to be ruled by a dictator, just like those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya. The common people across the world are making their voices heard, and it is up to those in power to listen.

It is easy to say: “Oh, that’s an Arab problem”, but it is seeping into the lives of western nations too. It may only be a trickle at the moment but it grows day by day, until one day it will become a flood, but by then it will be too late.

Roy.

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