Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister warned the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that failure to act on behalf of Syria’s citizens will result in the Assad regime accomplishing what dictators are known for; kill everyone within earshot.
Syria’s civil war, ongoing since March 2011, is claimed to tally over 30,000 men, women and, children, killed by Bashar Assad’s forces.
The United Nations General Assembly, true to form, held a vote, with 41 out of 47 member countries agreeing to intervene against Syria, but decided against the wishes of the majority of countries, proposing to hire more commissioners to investigate abuses against Syria’s citizens, with a progress report due in March 2013. Certainly two years of fact finding investigations of mass killing of innocents seem to be a timeline set by the U.N. as a prerequisite in order to bring future crimes against humanity against Assad.
Since U.N. investigators are banned admittance to Syria, it is said in the media that intelligence gathering relies on live eyewitness accounts of fleeing refugees.
While the world watches, the United Nations General Assembly, an organization whose role is to provide global representation of member countries for the common good, proves humanitarian representation for the well being of Syria’s citizenry is a farce.
The majority of U.N. countries whose 41 out of 47 members agree to act against the Assad regime, the United Nations General Assembly on the other hand do not adhere to majority rule. Majority rule, a staple of any democratic body when it comes to decisions affecting the lives of the many, is a U.N. guideline, not a rule of law apparently.
Member nations who opposed any interference with Syria’s status quo are four countries whose oppression is legendary; China and Russia, opposed, while India abstained to vote either way, with Cuba tagging along with a mighty thumbs down. What isn’t surprising is China, India, and Russia, all members of BRIC, in association with Brazil, are a trading bloc whose economic superpower new world order may one day reign supreme as a global economic force to be reckoned with, surpassing the economies of the original G-7 Western member countries.
The EU restricting trade with Syria since the uprising began could be one motive in Russia, China, and India looking to expand their new world order.
Russia enjoys a strategic Baltic sea port of call in Syria for Russian warships, notwithstanding, a forty year bestest pal multi-billion dollar trade relationship, including being Syria’s prime arms dealer goes a long way. China and India also benefit from multi-billion dollar trade deals with Syria and know “The customer (Syria) is always right”, hence a vote in favour for Syria, and a vote for future trade dollars.
Funny how the U.N. doesn’t see the writing on the wall, like the majority of us, including Canada’s Prime Minister Harper whose barb this week was directed at the U.N. made clear in the media and in no uncertain terms stated why he decided against speaking at the U.N. During Prime Minister Harper’s acceptance speech for “World Statesman of the Year” award, our Prime Minister pretty much summed up what the United Nations stands for………………
“But that’s not the same as trying to court every dictator with a vote and the United Nation,” Harper added.
So while Syria burns, the U.N. fiddles, observes from a distance and reports on a civilian body count increasing daily, as U.N. bureaucrats look to justify their existence and lucrative pay packets gathering more factual evidence of body counts for a future human rights tribunal that may never see fruition in a Syrian’s lifetime, as a Syrian’s expiration date is measured daily.
They say “Dead men tell no tales”, and Bashar Assad is counting on it.
Is it any wonder when the U.N. continually fails to answer the call, countries in turmoil have the United States on “Speed Dial ! “