published Saturday, February 18th, 2012

U.N. 'powerfully powerless' to halt Syrian slaughter with resolutions

See whether you can spot the contradiction in this dispatch from The New York Times about Syria's violent suppression of dissent in that country:

"In a powerful rebuke to Syria's government, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a resolution that condemned President Bashar Assad's unbridled crackdown ... . [The resolution] is a nonbinding action with no power of enforcement at the world body, but it represented a significant humiliation for Assad ... ."

So there's "no power" to enforce this "powerful rebuke," and the U.N. is relying on "humiliating" Assad -- a man whose brutality toward his own people suggests he may no longer have the ability to feel shame.

More than 5,000 Syrians have died in the crackdown. "Powerful rebukes" from the U.N. are unlikely to save the next 5,000.

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nucanuck said...

The US is now flying drones over Syria. Somehow we just can't stay out the affairs of others. As usual, the public information is only part of the story.

February 18, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Our form of democracy does not work in the Middle East. Free and fair elections have yielded the rise of oppressive governments to replace the despots who, too, were oppressive. The different Muslim factions hate each other more than they hate the U.S. The one thing they do agree on is their hatred of Jews and Christians. The military in Egypt and the Iraqi government have turned a blind eye to the overt violence against Christians...Sometimes it is better the devil you know than the ones you don't know.

February 18, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Welcome_2 said...

See whether you can spot the contradiction in this dispatch from The New York Times about Syria's violent suppression of dissent in that country

Strange, that america is diverting attention away from its own violent suppression of OWS demonstrators. So America supports protesting as long as it's carried out against governments of countries we don't like? We don't have to look outside our own borders to find suppression and oppression of a country's citizens.

February 18, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
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