United Nations MIA on Syria

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Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told members of the Security Council during the open meeting, repeating a claim he had made previously to UN reporters outside the Security Council chamber, that the current violence in Syria was perpetrated by extremist groups, whose fundamental objective was the fall of the Syrian government. He blamed the deaths of innocent civilians and of security forces on these armed extremists. And he repeated the mantra that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a “reformer” – a term that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself used about a month ago to describe the dictator.

Bashar Ja’afari rejected the idea of an independent international investigation and even went so far as to claim that statements heard from certain Security Council members – presumably referring specifically to the United States – could only be considered as an incitement to violence and terrorism. In her public statement shortly before the Syrian ambassador’s remarks, Ambassador Susan Rice had accused the Syrian government of accepting assistance from Iran and using the same brutal tactics as that regime.

The Syrian ambassador responded to the Iranian connection charge by characterizing it as a “Hollywoodian” attempt to link the two countries, which he asserted “did not respect the Security Council’s status and clearly showed the true negative intent of the United States towards Syria.”

Finally, the Syrian ambassador added that “with the end of the age of colonialism, the world’s peoples now recognized that some States were trying to interfere in the affairs of others under the rubric of the ‘responsibility to protect’ and humanitarian intervention.” How a simple press release, and nothing more, would constitute interference or intervention, the Syrian ambassador did not say.

Lebanon’s UN Ambassador Nawaf Salam explained that there were “special links between his country and Syria due to history and common fraternal interests, as well as mutual security concerns.”

Exactly what “special links” does Ambassador Salam have in mind, considering that Syria has been implicated in the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri? One might think that many people in Lebanon who are concerned about Lebanon’s independence would want to distance themselves from the Syrian government. That might have been true before Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist arm in Lebanon, engineered the collapse of the ruling coalition headed by Rafik Hariri’s son, Saad Hariri, leaving a caretaker government that effectively reflects Hezbollah’s Syria-friendly agenda. Syria is strategically important to Iran as a conduit for transporting arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon for use against Israel.

Adding to the disgrace of Security Council paralysis, Syria is currently likely to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council unless there is a last minute successful effort to stop them. While the Human Rights Council is scheduled to discuss Syria during a special session, the Arab League has indicated its support for having Syria join the Human Rights Council in May.

At the United Nations, if you have the right friends, you not only get shielded from the consequences of your human rights violations. You get a seat of honor on the UN’s Human Rights Council.

 

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  • kafir4life

    The current makeup of the un's human rights council is really an interesting persepctive on human rights. It seems that many of the nations (syria, libya, etc.) are on the outside looking in when it comes to "human" rights.

  • Stuart Parsons

    The mythical Allah and his 'Prophet and Messenger' did not believe in human rights.

    • http://www.nexiumvsprilosec.net nexium vs prilosec

      Muslims killing Muslims is nothing new in the Muslim World. The Western World's current excitement over the Muslim violence in Libya and Syria, equating the events to "Struggles for Freedom" and "Struggles for Democracy" are fantasies. Even a murderer of human rights like Syria is promoted by the UN for a seat on its so called human rights council without the lotus eaters waking up.

  • sara

    I just came across a fascinating UN cabal in Geneva. It's not Saturday Night Live but could be written by them…. .http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/exclusive-rep-ileanna-ros-lehtin-defund.html

  • sydchaden

    The UN, with its preponderance of Muslim country members, has become the Voice of the Muslim World. And so, the appointment of Syria to the Human Rights Council is not surprising. Muslims killing Muslims is nothing new in the Muslim World. The Western World's current excitement over the Muslim violence in Libya and Syria, equating the events to "Struggles for Freedom" and "Struggles for Democracy" are fantasies. Ask any Imam, and he will tell you that they are not, they are struggles between factions of Islam as to which represents the true Islam. There have been wars between the Muslim sects for a thousand years, and none have produced freedom or democracy. Why do infidels have such difficulty in understanding that? Or, in recognizing the UN for what it really is?

  • minaka

    Like most leftist inventions, the ugly reality of the Useless Nations continues to be dressed in beautiful garb like human rights and the Left's useful idiots can't see beyond the illusion. Even a murderer of human rights like Syria is promoted by the UN for a seat on its so called human rights council without the lotus eaters waking up. What does the UN human rights council have to do get people to notice the dissonance? Start killing and eating people in the council chambers?

  • http://www.uniteddemocraticnations.org gary

    Joseph, here's a video you might appreciate on the subject of world peace and the UN…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN6jeDxpt1M

    gary

  • Fred Dawes

    The UN Is made up of evil little people ( so called minority people which is a code name for muslims and others ) and if this Government of monkey jumping fool's attack Freedom and Liberty we as a people must attack the evil monkey government running this place and help to save this nation from some monkey sociological Experiment of evil fools and by doing so we can help Israel and save our own world from monkeys jumping, muslims means monkey and all the fools who follow evil doers and we have a lot of evildoer.

    Civil and Human Rights mean nothing to the muslim world, the only thing that the muslim world wants is to murder little Jewish kids and someday your kids.

  • Texasron

    The UN is useless. We need to reduce our monetary support of them and suggest they move to another country they would like better, Somalia, for example.

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