What’s Missing from SC Debate Over Aid to Syrian Civilians

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What’s Missing from SC Debate Over Aid to Syrian Civilians

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

For days, Security Council members have been debating how humanitarian aid should be delivered to civilians in the country’s northwest where it’s most needed.

There’d be no need for aid, and thus no SC debate, if the US hadn’t preemptively attacked nonbelligerent Syria threatening no one in March 2011.

Syria is Obama/Biden’s war, now Trump/Pence’s — using ISIS, al-Nusra (the al-Qaeda offshoot in the country), and likeminded jihadists as proxy troops.

Throughout conflict in its 10th year — with no resolution in prospect because bipartisan US hardliners reject restoration of peace and stability to the war-torn country — the Pentagon and CIA continue to recruit, heavily arm, fund, train, and direct jihadist fighters to wage war on Syrian sovereignty, its military defenders, and civilians.

Aided by Pentagon-led terror-bombing of Syrian infrastructure — that included the rape, destruction, and mass slaughter of countless thousands of Raqqa civilians — large numbers of jihadists still control about two-thirds of Syria’s northwest.

They’ve been largely eliminated from most other parts of the country, but could resurface almost anywhere within its borders if warlord USA intends opening a new Syrian battleground as part of its forever war on the country and its long-suffering people strategy.

The genocidal US Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act is all about starving the civilian population into submission at a time of endless US aggression that aims to transform the country into a vassal state, its sovereignty eliminated.

Pillaging the nation’s resources is part of US strategy.

On July 11, Iranian Fars News reported the following:

“A convoy of American military vehicles escorted several trucks filled with crude extracted from oil fields in Syria’s Hasakah Province, currently controlled by Kurdish militia and US troops,” citing the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA),” adding:

The US “convoy consist(ed) of 35 vehicles.” Numerous other Pentagon escorted convoys have been transporting stolen Syrian oil cross-border to Iraq and Turkey for many months.

In October last year, Trump reinvented reality, calling what’s going on “secur(ing)” Syrian oil — by stealing it he failed to explain.

Russia and China support deliveries of essential to life and welfare humanitarian aid continued uninterrupted — none diverted to US/NATO-supported jihadists, what the Trump regime and imperial partners want.

It’s why Security Council debate continued for days. Russia and China vetoed two unacceptable anti-Syria SC resolutions.

The Trump regime and its hostile to peace and stability allies blocked a responsible Russian resolution to deliver aid to Syrian civilians in need.

On Saturday, compromise was reached. A SC resolution was adopted to continue aid through one Turkish/Syrian border crossing point for another 12 months — Bab Al-Hawa, the Idlib province area controlled by US-supported jihadists.

Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia explained the following:

Moscow allowed the adoption of a resolution that falls far short of what’s needed it hopes will provide some aid for long-suffering Syrians by abstaining.

“Our voting reflects Russia’s principle position on the CBM (cross border mechanism) (that) was established in 2014” when conditions were dire throughout most of the country, said Nebenzia.

Because of Moscow’s September 2015 intervention at the behest of Damascus, things dramatically changed.

Most jihadist controlled areas were liberated from their scourge, Idlib province in Syria’s northwest their last remaining stronghold.

Efforts by government forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, liberated most Syrian territory, including about one-third of Idlib province.

Tens of thousands of heavily armed/US-supported jihadists control the rest of the province and some surrounding areas.

The struggle to liberate them continues. Tens of thousands of trapped Syrian civilians — held hostage as human shields — desperately need help.

Nebenzia stressed that helping them is “difficult (because of) the long-lasting conflict in this country,” adding:

“We repeatedly underscored that the CBM in Syria does not reflect minimal requirements of IHL (international humanitarian law).”

“The UN…has no presence in Idlib de-escalation zone which is controlled by international terrorists…” 

“Therefore it’s impossible to control how humanitarian assistance is delivered and who are its final beneficiaries.” 

“It’s not a secret that the terrorist groups, listed as such by the UN Security Council, control certain areas of the de-escalation zone and use the UN humanitarian aid as a tool to exert pressure on civil population and openly make profit from such deliveries.” 

“Direct as well as indirect proofs of these acts are becoming more and more numerous.”

The CBM is used by the US and its imperial partners “to freeze dividing lines in Syria thus jeopardiz(e) (the) integrity of Syria, breaking apart its regions.” 

“It contradicts the principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, which has been repeatedly confirmed in the Security Council resolutions…”

Russia and China want uninterrupted humanitarian aid delivered to all Syrians in need.

They want none of it diverted to US-supported terrorists for their own use — at the expense of Syrian civilians in areas they control.

Bashar al-Assad’s government in Damascus “confirmed its readiness to provide” vitally needed humanitarian aid to trapped civilians in the Russia/Turkey established Idlib deescalation zone.

US-supported jihadists prevent aid from reaching civilians in areas they control.

Unilaterally imposed/unlawful US sanctions on Syria created a “paralyzing effect,” Nebenzia stressed.

Neutral countries and NGOs “are scared of being sanctioned if they” work with Damascus and Moscow to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.

Despite unacceptable flaws in the SC resolution resolution adopted on Saturday, Russia will “follow (its) provisions consistently and in a transparent manner” — polar opposite how the US and its imperial partners operate.

Syria’s liberating struggle continues in its 10th year.

Russia, China, Iran, and other nation free from US control support Syrian sovereignty and the fundamental rights of its long-suffering people.

The US, under both right wings of its war party, rejects what all just societies cherish in pursuit of seeking unchallenged control over planet earth, its resources, and populations.

It’s why endless US wars by hot and other means rage against numerous countries with no prospect for resolution any time soon.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.