UN Spins In Circles While Syria Spins Out of Control

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This squabbling among the permanent members of the Security Council all took place before the bombing incident in Damascus that killed Assad’s brother-in-law and Syria’s current and former defense ministers. That incident is now being used as a pretext by different permanent members of the Security Council to advance their respective agendas.

The United Kingdom’s foreign minister William Hague, for example, said: “This incident, which we condemn, confirms the urgent need for a Chapter VII resolution of the UN Security Council on Syria.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared, “Adopting a resolution against this backdrop would amount to a direct support for the revolutionary movement. If we are talking about a revolution then the U.N. Security Council has no place in this.”  He also accused the West of inciting the Syrian opposition, which may well be true.

The Chinese UN Ambassador was quoted as telling the investigative blog Inner City Press that what happened in Damascus was nothing less than a “terrorist” act.

The permanent members of the Security Council are going through the motions of negotiations to try to come to an agreement on what Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called “collective action with a sense of unity.” But as usual, it’s all for show.  As France’s UN Ambassador Gérard Araud strode into the Security Council chamber on July 18th, for example, and told the press that negotiations with Russia and China on a compromise have not been ruled out, I asked him whether keeping authorization for Chapter VII enforcement in the resolution submitted for a vote by the Security Council was a red line for its proponents. “Yes,” he responded.  In other words, a stalemate is lurking that will likely to lead to a veto when the Chapter VII resolution finally comes to a vote.

In a rare bit of candor for a UN diplomat, the current president of the Security Council, Columbian Ambassador Néstor Osorio, conceded in response to my question that there wasn’t really very much that the Security Council or the United Nations could do in any event to solve the Syrian crisis.

If the Chapter VII sanctions resolution were to miraculously pass the Security Council when it comes to a vote, they won’t be enforced.  Russia and Iran will continue to arm the Assad regime as long as they think it is in their interests to do so.

If, as is more likely, the resolution is vetoed, there will be finger-pointing by all sides.  For her part, Susan Rice can be expected to spare no words in her condemnation of Assad’s supporters at the UN who blocked punitive action. And the Russian ambassador can be expected to retort that the West is interfering in a civil war to bring about regime change.  That’s been the back-and-forth school yard brawling pattern all year long.

But whatever happens at Turtle Bay, one thing is for sure.  It won’t make any difference in the lives of the Syrian people.

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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

    MILITARY INSIDER: President Obama – “By Any Means Necessary”



  • 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.