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View Diary: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power's speech on Syria to the Center for American Progress (49 comments)

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  •  Good speech. Like this paragraph... (2+ / 0-)
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    Since 2011, Russia and China have vetoed three separate Security Council resolutions condemning the Syrian regime’s violence or promoting a political solution to the conflict. This year alone, Russia has blocked at least three statements expressing humanitarian concern and calling for humanitarian access to besieged cities in Syria. And in the past two months, Russia has blocked two resolutions condemning the generic use of chemical weapons and two press statements expressing concern about their use. We believe that more than 1,400 people were killed in Damascus on August 21, and the Security Council could not even agree to put out a press statement expressing its disapproval.
    Emphasis added, obviously.

    That's ten actions of the UN Security Council that were blocked by Russia since the Syrian civil war began. I didn't know it was that many. Shame on me.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:25:05 PM PDT

    •  Not that simple (1+ / 0-)
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      each one of those resolutions included sanctions or a threat of sanctions with language that would appear to support military response.

      It was the US and UK that refused to allow a UNSC resolution that did not include reference to sanctions.

      •  You're correct, definitely not simple. (0+ / 0-)

        I think the veto rules of the UN Security Council make mockery of the UNSC and of the concept of diplomacy, whether the USA is blocking action or another country is blocking action. But then, I don't understand much about the process and details of diplomacy.

        “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

        by SoCalSal on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 01:25:34 AM PDT

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