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Russia-Sized Obstacle Blocks U.N.’s Syrian Plan

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Posted on Jan 31, 2012
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Russia’s opposition to the Security Council’s resolution is less about President Bashar Assad (pictured) staying in office than it is about letting Syrians decide their fate—according to Russia.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council’s attempt to pass a resolution strongly encouraging regime change in Syria, which by definition would mean the end of President Bashar Assad’s tenure in office, was again met with resistance from Russia. However, Russian officials stressed that this stance wasn’t to be confused with a pro-Assad agenda.  —KA

The New York Times:

“The Russian policy is not about asking someone to step down; regime change is not our profession,” Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. during a stop on his Asia tour.

“We are not friends or allies of President Assad,” he went on, according to a transcript on the Interfax news service, evidently hoping to deflect accusations that Moscow should be held responsible for the widening bloodshed. “We never said that Assad remaining in power is a precondition for regulating the situation. We said something else — we said that the decision should be made by Syrians, by the Syrians themselves.”

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By Jboy, February 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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I deny that Israel is the cruelest, nastiest society ever to exist.

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By blogdog, February 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

and when a concerned citizen stepped forward to tell Arab Observers the truth
about who was doing the killing of innocent civilians in Syria - this is what he got

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rlqyCJ-1TgY#!

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By blogdog, February 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Stephan Lendman: “Assad should tell West to go to hell”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjDlMTaPGD8

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By gerard, February 1, 2012 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

doughboy:  Your reference to “using religion as a tool to attack ...” reminds me to remind you of the Crusades—which (though we hate to admit it) were and are a thousand-year-old run-on to today’s struggles in the Middle East. Although oil for energy was the point out front, our military (as well as every person living in that area)  were fully aware of this super-charged historical memory; some chaplains even preached Crusade psychology to the troops, hoping to arouse ancient fervors. No need. The memories of that disaster are in the “back of the minds” of both Christians and Muslims, waiting to be stirred into fanaticism by modern propaganda.
  Only intercultural understanding on all sides can prevent the re-arousal of murderous instincts. War-fighting does not permit intercultural understanding and will do almost anything to prevent it. It is occurring gradually, however, thanks to modern communication technologies.
  Peace is inevitable.  What remains to be seen is whether or not there will be any people left to enjoy it!

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By Oceanna, February 1, 2012 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

Of course, it’s been clear as day that Russia wouldn’t reluctantly go along with
another “humanitarian intervention.”  Ditto for China. 

Well, with the US endowment of arms to its Gulf allies in December, it looks like
they might be acting in conjunction with the Arab League for an Assad
overthrow.  So Saudi Arabia, which considers dissent an act punishable by
death, could lead the charge with the other Gulf countries that quash dissent
far worse than Assad.  Unlike the dissent among Gulf allies,  Syria’s has been
fomented and co-opted by the US and other obliging parties, with a lot of it
organized on the Syrian/Jordanian border. 

I bet it will be a US overthrow by Gulf proxies with little regard for the regional
tinderbox.  All on the pretext of how Assad quashes dissent, as the federal and
municipality backlashes against OWS intensify along with whistleblower
prosecutions, not to mention the recent carte blanche legislation that allows
American citizens to be the targets of assassination and indefinite detention.  I
wonder if Assad was ever given the legal executive power for execution and
indefinite detention that was recently bequeathed by the NDAA bill.

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By doughboy, February 1, 2012 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

Since 9/11, we have spent billions and expended lives against an enemy that used
religion as a tool to attack us. Al-Qaeda is an off shoot of the Muslim
Brotherhood. The present government has decided that we will deal with the
Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and back them in a war in Syria. We have betrayed
the families of every killed and wounded soldier. All the bombing and destruction
is for nothing. The same system that gave us al-Qaeda is the groups we are
backing now—in Egypt, in Libya and in Syria. Maybe it is time to take a hard look
at what we really should spend our blood and money on.

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By gerard, January 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

How can national governments that oppress (murder, incarcerate, punish) their own protesting citizens
“moderate”, “regulate”, “protest” the behavior of other national governments that oppress etc. etc.?

The two-faced charade is ludicrous—but also deeply tragic.  Even children know better. The only consolation is that nationalism will fade of its own stupidity.  The problem comes in what form takes its place, and how the change takes place.  Because nations have so often resorted to war to try to prevent chances, the assumption is natural that war will be required. 
  But—it ain’t necessarily so.  There are available alternatives. What do you think the Manning-Assange-Internet persecution is all about if not resistance to the possibility of change without violence and wars?

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By Jeff N., January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

how dare you Robes, the citizens of Saudi Arabia are perfectly happy with their absolute monarchy…

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By Robespierre115, January 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

Of course Obama and EU lackies will never call for regime change in Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico etc.

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