Why Russia and China Really Oppose UN Action In Syria
Looking to the future....
What if they are next?
This need not be a very long dissertation.
Russia and China are blocking any Security Council actions in the United Nations to intervene in the struggles between the current Syrian dictatorship and the Syrian freedom fighters. They are doing so for their own internal concerns largely unrelated to Syria.
If, as has been proposed in the Security Council, United Nations member states could have intervened to avert or take sides in what has now become a civil war in Syria, such actions could also be taken in the future in similar circumstances inside Russia and China.
Such a precedent has already been set by the actions of the Security Council in the mid-20th Century when North Korea (a Soviet Russia and Communist China puppet state) invaded South Korea.
There were two key differences at that earlier time: The Soviets had abandoned their seat on the Security Council in protest of Nationalist China being seated there, following the Communist Chinese conquest of mainland China, and the Chinese communists had not yet been admitted to the United Nations.
Today Russia and China both know that revolutions can overturn established governments. They dabbled seriously with just such tactics of their own during the Cold War years, and they themselves came to power as the result of violent revolutions. They are not about to support actions which encourage today's national struggles for democratic reform, because someday...inevitably... there will be renewed struggles for such reforms in Russia and China.
Dictators may huddle together as Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo did, but they are only concerned about two things: keeping the power they already have, and getting more.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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