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Why the UN Should Ignore Russia and China in the Syria Matter

Updated on May 30, 2012
One of Syria's Many Smoke Filled Streets
One of Syria's Many Smoke Filled Streets

Both China and Russia have been impeding the process of helping the citizens of Syria for a while now. Since earlier this year they have been vetoing efforts to stop the abuse of Syrian citizens by its government. Why is this? How could they possibly justify this?

The Houla Massacre and Others

The Houla Massacre is the latest bloodbath by the Syrian regime. Without going into too much detail, 108 people - half of them children - were murdered by the Syrian Government. This is only the latest of killings caught on tape by Syrian activists. Men women and children have been being dragged out of their houses and murdered for not agreeing with the government or calling for help.

When will this end? Why has the UN not done anything about it? Because of China and Russia.

Why China is Against Action

Purely personal. China has been constantly paranoid about human rights abuses and people stepping in. China has been the focus of vast amounts of human rights abuse cases including the Tienanmen Square incident and the continuing harassment and imprisonment (or worse) of political dissenters.

Syria is just dealing with its political dissenters from China's viewpoint. If they intercede in the Syrian regime they have set a precedent for others to later intercede on the behalf of the citizens of China.

Why Russia is Against Action

Purely profit. Russia is selling weapons to the Syrians and other people around them, why would they want to make their clients angry. Starting in 1973 they started selling weapons. As of 2011 they have been selling missile defense systems and in 2012 they sold Syria 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack jets for $550-million which analysts say would not help in security against other nations...

Money and pride are the only things Russia are afraid to loose by agreeing that Syria needs to be saved.

How Long Left?

How long will the UN wait? How long do the people of Syria have? Some reports are saying Russia is tipping to the other side, but why did it take over 50 children dying at once for them to start? It is sad that mass murders continue just because Russia or China don't feel like helping.

Honestly, with the amount dead in Syria now there should be considerations of ignoring Russia and China from voting as they have been at fault for the deaths of hundreds by not sending help.


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    • Prakash Dighe profile image

      Prakash Dighe 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Daniel, whatever is happening in Syria is utterly regrettable, and all countries must put all possible pressure and sanctions against the present regime, until they stop aggression against their own people. It is a pity the UN is spineless, but ignoring China and Russia is not an action that would produce any results. One can appreciate your sense of helplessness, but eventually external pressure (without intervention) and the actions of Syrians themselves will lead to some solution.

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      CONSCIOUSNINJA 5 years ago from Planet Earth


      Its great that you feel so strongly about human rights violations, but its imperative that you check up essential facts before intentionally or unintentionally misleading people.

      Facts like the point that some of those murdered were actually Assad loyalists, which casts doubt over the theory that Assad's forces committed the massacre.

      Furthermore, evidence suggests that actually the victims were fatally wounded by close range fire, not artillery and shelling (as the Western media is fallaciously propagating) - which again points away from the notion that the Syrian army was responsible.

      Additionally, some of the pictures and videos circulating in Western media are actually not from Houla at all - moreso from other areas in Syria where it has been strongly suggested that armed opposition forces (not the Syrian government) were responsible for the damage.

      There are quite a few points more that need to be considered before you write a hub on the matter.

      You also mentioned that Russia and China are not doing a thing for various reasons (which I don't agree with). the case is more so that the Russian and Chinese governments are well aware of the globalist agenda of the US, UK, UN, NATO & its allies.

      Anywhere the US, UK, israel intervenes, it turns into a bloodbath both BEFORE and after their intervention - the reason being that they have no interest in the welfare of the people or in democracy (as those same countries have no democracy in their homelands themselves).

      The people of the USA have no freedom - protesters are forcibly removed, battered, gassed during peaceful rallies and demonstrations, the people have no say in whether the US invades yet another country and the people are paying through every orifice for the debt that the bankers and corporations have put them in. It seems that the US needs more of an intervention than any other place - maybe the government, NATO and UN should be focusing on rectifying the situation for their own citizens before even thinking about causing more devastation in other countries.

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      Daniel Johnston 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      9000 people have died in Syria, there are videos of soldiers killing men women and children, there is proof the government has been shelling areas to try to 'kill the people killing its citizens' yet miraculously not one 'terrorist' has been killed, found, or identified.

      Look at the Native Americans. Did they win their own battles? No, they were all murdered horribly as well. Same with most native populations. Sure, its not exactly the same, but its people fighting against superior technology and training.

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Daniel,

      are you actually saying you want to see the ordinary people murdered by drones etc. from foreign attack ??

      Are you sure you are getting the correct information ??

      What if you are wrong in your belief ? May be some other forces are at play !

      A lot of people feel pretty foolish now for having been taken in by the war criminals who murdered in Iraq,Libya,

      even as far back as Vietnam.RED-BLOOD-OIL

      People have to fight their own battles-end of story,

      regards jandee

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      Daniel Johnston 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I think technology may play a hand in the inability to win revolutions like has been done in history... The Syrian government can easily bomb large areas, use fighter planes, etc. They also know their own countries greatest weaknesses and how to control it however they want.

      If there were a revolution in my country because we were all dying, and no other country tried to help I think I would get depressed and loose some will to fight. Especially if it is "fight and die".

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      All of the large world powers particularly the US have been complicit or even aided massacres and genocides around he world which is inexcusable. On the other hand leaping into sovereign nations is not a decision that should be taken lightly or at all, if Syrian people really want a different government they will win it for themselves, as the Cubans did in the Cuban revolution, like the Chinese revolution etc etc. history shows us that a determined people who want change cannot be stopped no matter how great the opposition, heck the Vietnamese did it with the opposition of the most powerful nation in the world.

      Foreigners entering a conflict galvanizes the opposition and brings new people to their cause because most people have a big problem with that more importantly it can be painted as a foreign invasion rather than an internal revolt and the validity of the revolt questioned, the US went to Iraq to topple Saddam and destroy the resistance and more than a million dead later we are still there.

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      Daniel Johnston 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I'm wondering why the US isn't liberating oil. I mean the Syrian people. I know that's bad to say, but honestly it is what the US seems to be after. Maybe if it were a republican in office we would be "liberating"...

      The Syrian matter is disgraceful on all sides now.

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      Vrijdag Pages 5 years ago

      As much as its a disgrace to the human race to watch this on our televisions and read about it in the papers, the Syrian conflict is a pure example of genocide. As much as no one with the Official Boot is willing to say, what is happening over in Syria is as bad as the occupation of Russia by the Nazi's with the Death Squads going around behind the front line troops, clearing out the mass of Russia men, women and children and murdering them in large pits, somewhere on the edge of a nearby forest.

      The only difference here, is the Syrian conflict is exactly that - a Civil War where troops don't need to worry about other authorities getting involved. It is there conflict and that is their problem. Is this socially and politically right? Of course not. But the very fact is the UN isn't going to draw itself into a conflict, especially at these economical disastrous time, knowing they will have to spend millions on convincing the US, UK, France, Germany, etc to join the fight. If people are making money i.e. Russia, then it helps these bad times, which in everyone's eyes is the political and social focus at this period of time.

      Voted up, Daniel. Great once again.