UN Spins In Circles While Syria Spins Out of Control

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Since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 16 months ago more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands have been displaced, according to United Nations estimates.  The International Red Cross has now formally declared the conflict a civil war, which may have legal implications under the Geneva Accords for determining whether war crimes might have been committed.  However, the reality is that the conflict has been a civil war for some time between the Assad loyalists and the armed opposition.

To date, the opposition has been outgunned and splintered.  But they have now taken their fight to the heart of the Syrian capital of Damascus, with a devastating blow against the central command of the Assad regime’s repression machine.

An explosion was set off on July 18th in a national security building in Damascus, during a meeting of the government’s top security chiefs to discuss how to crush the uprising. The bombing took the lives of  President Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and Gen Dawoud Rajha, the defense minister, who was the most senior Christian government official in Syria. Hassan Turkmani, a former minister of defense who headed the regime’s crisis management cell, was also killed. Others were wounded.

Liwa al-Islam (translated as “The Brigade of Islam”), a rebel group, has claimed responsibility. Another group called the Free Syrian Army, according to a report in the Washington Post, said that its loyalists had planted bombs inside a room where the top-level meeting was being held. The Free Syrian Army is made up of defected Syrian armed forces personnel, which is an expanding number.

Col. Malik Kurdi, the Free Syrian Army’s deputy commander, explained the reason for the attack:

The Free Syrian Army carried out this attack in retaliation for the massacres committed by the regime and because of the international silence.We promised that we are going to hit the regime in its most sensitive axis. This was necessary for us.

On the very same day of this attack, and shortly before the United Nations observer mandate in Syria is due to expire on July 20th, the feckless United Nations Security Council was preparing to vote on a resolution offered by the United Kingdom that was supposedly designed to up the ante to deal with the Syrian crisis. The vote was postponed for a day at the urging of UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General.

The British resolution – which in its present form is virtually certain to be vetoed by Russia and most likely by China – contains authorization for economic sanctions against the Syrian regime under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Russia has offered its own competing resolution that condemns all sides for the violence, repeats calls for the parties to comply with Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan, including a cease fire and steps towards a transitional government acceptable to the Syrian people, and extends the UN observer mandate in Syria. It pointedly stays clear of any Chapter VII enforcement measures such as sanctions.

The United States, United Kingdom and France all, not surprisingly, rejected the Russian draft as insufficient.  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went so far as to say that it would be wrong to keep any UN observers in Syria if the Security Council will not have their back by demonstrating a willingness to take more effective action against the Assad regime such as sanctions.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Assad destroyed Lebanon making it into a homeland for terrorism. What goes around comes around
    and he is watching Syria burn and is witness to the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1 "Behold Damascus, it is
    ceasing to be a City and will be a ruined heap". Not bad from 2,800 years ago, Scripture is playing out,
    it's game time………………………………….William

    • Jerry

      This same scripture was brought to my mind also. The world is heading into war, and I fear this one will be unlike anything ever before witnessed.

    • Jose_Can_U_Si?

      Regarding Isaiah 17:1

      "“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
      And it will be a ruinous heap."
      - New King James

      When this actually happens according to Scripture,

      I believe, it shall be so cataclysmic that even the secular observer could nod their stiff neck.

  • Schlomotion

    I can't wait until the Greenfield pamphlet comes out calling this a useless war started by Barack Obama. In the meantime, we can watch the sad spectacle of Israeli Nationalists supporting Syrian internal terrorism so that they can weaken the Syrian claim to the Golan Heights.

    • Indioviejo

      I agree that Obama is useless, but why should anybody care about Syria? All sides are bad in that war.

  • Johncdavidson

    Now the UN could use a leader and I think Obama would fit in well at that position. Shortly after, we could defund it.

  • Jose_Can_U_Si?

    Re: "UN Spins In Circles "

    ~ May the UN Spin in ever decreasing Concentric Circles!

  • Glennd1

    Perfect, let them fight it out. What we really want from the world is stability, what really screws things up is long term uncertainty. Either outcome is manageable for the U.S. Of course, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia have much more at stake, as do Syria's other neighbors and clients such as Lebanon and Iraq. Israel loses either way – Assad is Iran's client but if he goes. the Muslim Brotherhood will likely chalk up another win. it's either Shia madmen or Salafi madmen, I guess i'd have to pick the Muslim Brotherhood because they are slicker.

  • crackerjack

    Let's be honest here. Nobody is interested in the welfare of the Syrian population. Neither Russia or China, who follow their strategic and economic interests, nor the West that backs the Saudi Sunni push back against Iran and the Shiite.

    Going by pragmatics, the Syrians would be better of with Assad than with the Western backed Saudi islamistic lunatics and "FSA" warlords.

    Poor Syrians……caught up in a proxy war. Lets pray for their souls.

    • Indioviejo

      Why pray for their souls when they are Islamist-Satanic to begin with? Don't forget there are Syrians on both sides and they have never been our friends.

  • YLEM

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  • Matt

    It was stated along time ago that he would be forced to destroy his own capital, that involves collateral damage of civilians. Which will erode support for the regime in the capital. You can't blow up peoples houses, business and kill civilians in the process and expect them to be marching in support of you. The FSA conduct a tactical retreat and the regime forces and militia move in. The population say yeah I get it and no longer stay on the sidelines, we get what this is about and why you are fighting the regime, you have to see evil to understand it. His problem is the army the bulk of Sunni's will still defend the country from foreign attack, but are likely to defect if used in the role of the militia's, that is what lead to the defections. Yet the militia's are uncontrollable, and there action lead to more defections. It is really management of the level of defections, the balance between domestic security and physical security of the country.