Russia and China Veto Unacceptable SC Resolution on Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
War in Syria was launched preemptively by the Obama regime in March 2011 — no end of it in prospect because Trump regime hardliners reject resolution.
There’s nothing remotely civil about naked aggression against a sovereign state threatening no one — aiming to replace overwhelming popular Bashar al-Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.
The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. US strategy involves deposing Assad, gaining control of Syria, and isolating Iran — ahead of stepped up efforts to topple its government, gain another imperial trophy, and unchallenged regional control, along with Israel as a junior partner.
At the behest of Washington, Germany, Belgium and Kuwait introduced an unacceptable Security Council draft resolution — hostile to efforts by Russian and Syrian forces to liberate Idlib province from US-supported terrorists.
Because of its unacceptable provisions (demanded by the US and its imperial allies), Russia and China vetoed it.
An equitable Sino/Russian resolution failed to pass — the US, Britain, France, and its SC proxies voting against it.
Discussing what happened, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia said his government’s draft resolution aimed to improve the humanitarian situation for around three million Syrian civilians held hostage by jihadists — supported by the US and its imperial allies.
He voted against the US-led Western supported resolution because it’s unrelated to dire humanitarian conditions in Idlib.
It’s all about instituting a ceasefire to “save the international terrorists entrenched in Idlib from the ultimate crushing defeat and portray Russia and Syria ‘guilty of what is going on in Idlib,’ ” Nebenzia explained, adding:
The US and its imperial partners “sing the same song over and over again. As the Syrian governmental troops approach terrorists’ strongholds, the latter turn into the Syrian opposition that counteracts” Assad’s legitimate government — what they failed to topple for over eight years.
Nezbenzia slammed the US and its imperial allies for supporting al-Nusra terrorists in Syria, pretending cutthroat killers are legitimate rebel opposition forces.
He called the West and its allies (phony) “humanitarian co-penholders.” He slammed their Big Lies “about massive losses of civil lives in Idlib. But the reality is different.”
“(N)o massive operations have been held in Idlib or are held there at the moment. The province observes the ceasefire that is occasionally violated only by (US supported) terrorists.”
US-led Western media reports about Syria throughout years of war have no credibility, blasting state-approved propaganda, some of the worst on record, concealing hard truths about endless US-orchestrated aggression on Syria and its people.
No Russian or Syrian airstrikes target hospitals, schools, residential homes, or other nonmilitary targets — how the US, NATO, Israel and the Saudis operate.
Claims otherwise are bald-faced Big Lies, repeated by Western media to their shame.
Nebenzia: “(O)ne should not be guided by misinformation and lies when making decisions at the Security Council.”
“Even if lies and misinformation are very profitable for someone, it is unacceptable and immoral to speculate about suffering of the civil population that remains hostage to terrorists (the US and West) patronize so carefully.”
“We warned the co-authors at the very start that their draft resolution in its initial form was doomed…(D)espite our warnings, they put their draft to a vote, deliberately damaging the Council’s unity.”
Time and again, they resist resolution for endless war, the human toll of no consequence in all US war theaters, peace and stability considered national security threats.
The Sino/Russian draft resolution aimed to ease dire humanitarian conditions in terrorist-infested Idlib — a notion hostile to US imperial aims.
It contains no “politicized or controversial passages. It…support(s) cessation of hostilities,” Nebenzia stressed.
On August 31, Russia and Syria unilaterally initiated ceasefire in Idlib, breached straightaway by US supported terrorists and Pentagon terror-bombing.
Nebenzia slammed the Pentagon-led rape and destruction of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria.
Russian (and Syrian) aerial operations “do not raze down to the ground entire cities. They target only the reconnoitered and verified targets that shelter terrorists. They avoid attacks that might affect civilians,” he stressed.
The US, NATO and Israel consider defenseless civilians legitimate targets, massacring them time and again.
Since 2012, Russia has gone all-out to resolve conflict in Syria diplomatically, its good faith efforts for naught because US hardliners reject them.
Russia and China alone supported their draft text. The US pressured nine SC members to vote against it. Four others abstained.
On Thursday, US-led imperial aggression triumphed over the Sino/Russian good faith efforts at the Security Council — like countless times before.
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