Who stands with Syria?

Not Russia or China – and their refusal is costing innocent lives

We know precisely the first thing international peacekeepers should do if and when they’re sent to Syria: Remove the knives that Russia and China put in the Syrian people’s backs.

For nearly a year now, Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has murdered some 2,700 of his own citizens in a bloody crackdown on dissent and freedom. Yet, when given the shamefully belated opportunity to send a strongly worded memo to Assad recently, the U.N. Security Council – due to vetoes from Russia and China – instead said nothing and threw the Syrian people to the wolves.

“The governments in Russia and China very much want to uphold the principle that every now and then the state must crush people who want freedom,” decried American commentator Jonah Goldberg, in a column headlined “Thank Russia, China for Syria bloodbath.”

Indeed, Russia and China’s coldhearted, cold-blooded decision to give Assad a green light to continue massacring his people was every bit the encouragement he thought it was. Matters have only worsened for the writhing people of Syria, who now realize they’ve become impaled by the son of Dracul.

“The failure of the Security Council to agree on firm collective action appears to have emboldened the Syrian government to launch an all-out assault in an effort to crush dissent with overwhelming force,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said.

The Arab League, which took its own sweet time pretending to care a whit about the Syrian people, now wants a joint peacekeeping force with the United Nations “to supervise implementation of a cease-fire.” Of course, that presupposes there’s a peace to keep – presumably because one of the parties in the conflict would be willing to surrender or step down. Don’t hold your breath.

Unless, of course, the Arab League is sensing an end to the murderous Assad regime and is merely planning for its aftermath. Let’s hope so.

Regardless, we think it’d be rich if the U.N. peacekeeping force were made up exclusively of Russians and Chinese.

We hope the people of Syria, and all those in the Arab world, remember the cowardice – or treachery – of Russia and China and their naked refusal to stand up for the innocent victims of Bashar Assad.

Remember who stood with you, and who cut and run.

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