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Russia, China Veto U.N. Call for Assad to Resign

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Posted on Feb 4, 2012
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Portugal’s Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral, left, and South Africa’s Baso Sangqu, right, vote in support of a resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Between them is Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who joined the Chinese representative in vetoing the resolution.

Russia and China blocked a U.N. resolution condemning the bloodshed in Syria and calling for Bashar al-Assad to step down as president. The vote came on the heels of the slaughter of more than 200 people in the city of Homs by government forces and a demand from President Obama for Assad to resign.

Syria has been a key Russian ally since the time of the Soviet Union. —ARK

The Guardian:

Russia and China have vetoed a key UN resolution on Syria calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad following the massacre of more than 200 people by security forces in the city of Homs.

The other 13 council members, including the US, France and Britain, voted in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the ongoing violence.

Reacting to the vote, France’s ambasador to the UN, Gerard Araud, said: “It is a sad day for the council. It is a sad day for Syria ... History has compounded our shame.”

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By zoskia, February 6, 2012 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

I do like Truthdig,its really good. Keep up the good work Thanks

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By omop, February 6, 2012 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

According to one website the US has vetoed 69 Resolutions condemning
Israel for a variety of reasons.

And what gets the big headlines is one China/Russia veto on Syria.
Equality, fraternity, .......fairness. Known as the UN’s EFFs.

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By blogdog, February 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

Armed Groups Inside Syria: Prelude to a US-NATO Intervention?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29074
by Michel Chossudovsky  
Global Research, February 4, 2012

Russia and China have vetoed the UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria
pointing to the existence of armed groups involved in terrorist acts including
the killing of civilians.

These armed groups have been involved since the outset of the “protest
movement” in Daraa, southern Syria, in March 2011.

The statement of Russia’s envoy to the UN Viktor Churkin remains within the
realm of international diplomacy. It does not mention who is behind these
armed groups and the fact that NATO is supporting an armed insurrection.

“Churkin said that resolution’s Western co-sponsors had not included key
proposals such as isolating the Syrian opposition from violent extremist groups
or a call to arms for other states to use their influence to prevent such
alliances”. (Russia Today, February 4, 2012)

Ironically, Russia’s decision to veto the resolution is consistent with the report
of the Arab League’s Observer Mission to Syria, which confirms the existence of
an “Armed Entity”.

Unexpectedly, however, neither Washington nor the Arab League, which
commissioned the Observer Mission to Syria in the first place, have accepted
the interim report presented by the AL Mission.

Why?  Because the Mission—integrated by independent observers from Arab
League countries—provides a balanced and objective assessment of what is
happening on the ground inside Syria. It does not serve as a mouthpiece for
Washington and the governments of Arab states.

It points to the existence of an “Armed Entity”; it acknowledges that “armed
opposition groups” including the Syria Free Army are involved in criminal and
terrorist acts.

“In some zones, this armed entity reacted by attacking Syrian security forces
and citizens, causing the Government to respond with further violence. In the
end, innocent citizens pay the price for those actions with life and limb.

“In Homs, Idlib and Hama, the Observer Mission witnessed acts of violence
being committed against Government forces and civilians that resulted in
several deaths and injuries. Examples of those acts include the bombing of a
civilian bus, killing eight persons and injuring others, including women and
children, and the bombing of a train carrying diesel oil. In another incident in
Homs, a police bus was blown up, killing two police officers. A fuel pipeline and
some small bridges were also bombed. “

“Such incidents include the bombing of buildings, trains carrying fuel, vehicles
carrying diesel oil and explosions targeting the police, members of the media
and fuel pipelines. Some of those attacks have been carried out by the Free
Syrian Army and some by other armed opposition groups.”

While the Mission does not identify the foreign powers behind “the armed
entity”, its report dispels the mainstream media lies and fabrications, used by
Washington to push for “regime change” in Syria.

The AL Mission report also intimates that political pressure was exerted by
officials of Arab League states to unreservedly support Washington’s political
stance.

Moreover, the Mission was also pressured into upholding the lies and
fabrications of the mainstream media, which have been used to demonize the
government of Bashar al Assad:

“Some observers reneged on their duties and broke the oath they had taken.
They made contact with officials from their countries and gave them
exaggerated accounts of events. Those officials consequently developed a bleak
and unfounded picture of the situation.”

In recent development, the Arab League has announced that the Observer
Mission will be withdrawn from Syria.

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By PatrickHenry, February 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

Minimax,

Did I mention Israel? 

China veto’d the resolution for intervention in Syria, look up their intentions yourself and stop with the assinine questions.

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By IMax, February 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry,

This article is about Russia and China.  How each are handling the issue of Syria.

There are over 200 countries on the planet, Patrick.  Do you ever concern yourself with anything other than the U.S. and Israel?  I can’t recall you ever writing on any other subject. 

What do you think about China and its refusal to act against the Syrian leadership?

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By PatrickHenry, February 5, 2012 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

Russians have sent Spetnaz into Syria to counter non-Syrian entities intervening in this crisis.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29074

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By sofianitz, February 5, 2012 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps Ambassador Rice’s disgust is prompted by the fact that more covert arms and clandestine aid has to be given to the dissident rebels in Syria in order to thwart the plan of Iran to establish beneath the Caspian, a Southern Corridor to the Mediterranean from Pakistan to Afghanistan to Iran to Iraq to Syria.  This plan is supported by Russia and China, and opposed by the Saudis (aka Arab League), Turkey, US and the Western lapdogs.  Really, the belief that this conflict has anything to do with Civil or Political rights of Syrian people is so unworthy of belief that anyone holding this view should be immediately examined and certified, IMHO.  It is a false statement to say “following the massacre of more .than 200 people by security forces in the city of Homs,”  The Guardian reporter who wrote (copied down) those words should have known that they are designed to give a false impression. The Syrian government may be repressive, but they are not insane.  As documented by the report of the Arab League observers, NO organized violence by Syrian military or police forces has been used against peaceful Syrian protesters.  Syrian military violence has only been used to respond to the violence initiated by Syrian rebels, armed and supported by the covert actions of foreign nations.
The “big show” provided by the rebels in Homs, who hate the legitimate government of Syria (Assad regime) with a violent passion, and have no qualms about how many of their fellow citizens they kill, has been organized (and people’s lives sacrificed) as a show, in order to give support to the big push at the UN on Saturday. They were not successful.

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By PatrickHenry, February 5, 2012 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

zoskia,

You cannot fail to notice that China treats their FalunGong people in the most violent manner,(brutal torture) and Russia has bullied its own people for years(prisons/torture/hospitals/gulags/police brutality/KGB?FSB)

And you read this in the NY Times? or some other zionist rag.       

Been to Guantanamo?  Your Constitutional rights have been modified to enable such a trip.

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By Rehmat, February 5, 2012 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

Both China and Russia are trying to stop US establishing its puppet regimes in their bordering countries under the excuse for protecting Zionist regime and bringing democracy to the Muslim world which is never been practiced in America or Israel.

The regime change in Damascus was initiated by Israel and is funded by the US, France, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

On July 4, 2011, a conference of Syrian anti-regime groups was held in Saint-Germain in France. The meeting was attended by 200 people representing none of the Syrian groups calling for reforms in Syria – the ‘Democratic change in Syria’. The meeting was organized by La Regle du Jeu (The Rule of the Game) magazine and website which is headed by Zionist Jew Bernard-Henri Levy. The other Zionist Jews who attended the meeting included Bernard Kouchner, former French foreign minister, Frederik Ansel, a member of Israel’s ruling Likud Party, Alex Goldfarb, former Knesset member and adviser to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak and Andre Glucksmann, an Islamophobe French writer.

http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/israeli-conference-on-syria/

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By zoskia, February 5, 2012 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

While well aware of the American empire and its goals of bullying the world generally.              You cannot fail to notice that China treats their FalunGong people in the most violent manner,(brutal torture) and Russia has bullied its own people for years(prisons/torture/hospitals/gulags/police brutality/KGB?FSB)                        SO i am reminded of the image of Three bullies in a school playground,all accusing each other of bullying.  MEANWHILE , poor Syrian people are being attacked/tortured and shot at with tanks/snipers.  The slaughter goes on and on and on.

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