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China, Russia Offset West’s Actions In Syria

Global Times
May 30, 2012

China, Russia offset West’s actions in Syria

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If a country is allowed to intervene in another country’s domestic affairs at will, our world will be plagued by a long series of wars driven by subversions of regimes. No matter how history judges them, it will be a nightmare for people of this age.

The West has not really tasted any victory in the post-Cold War era. Although it managed to overthrow a few powerless regimes, the gains were only short-lived, as resentment against the West still exists in these countries. Afghanistan and Iraq are left with no solutions, while Egypt and Libya’s futures hang in the air.

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The Houla massacre may drive the situation in Syria to a new phase. “Only Russia, China can stop carnage in Syria”, an opinion piece published by CNN on Monday, claimed that China and Russia’s support for Bashar al-Assad is the reason for the Syrians’ suffering. This kind of rhetoric is not new. Western media has been taking this tone ever since China and Russia double-vetoed the Syrian resolution in the UN Security Council.

But the reality is quite the opposite. If someone has to take responsibility for Syria’s problems, that can only be the West. It has been adding fuel to the flames since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, driving the situation out of control. Tragedies like the one that recently occurred in Houla are predictable in this messy situation. The US and European powers should primarily be held morally accountable for this.

China and Russia have called for the crisis to be solved by peaceful means, as this is obviously the least painful path toward a transition. Western powers, however, insist that there can be no solution until Assad leaves. This is actually calling for bloodshed, rather than peace. It will force parties in Syria to decide their fate through war.

The West has been dominant in the development of the Syrian situation, while China and Russia act as the balancing power. If the latter are gone, Syria will no doubt slip into a full-scale war. China and Russia care most about peace in Syria. But the West only wants to achieve its political end for Syria and the Middle East, so that it prioritizes the ouster of Assad, while leaving a peaceful outcome behind.

The West’s approach on Syria is forceful. It began with political and economic sanctions aimed at isolating the Assad regime. And at the same time, it gave support to the opposition to create a power shift within the country.

But the regime is not rootless. Half of the Syrian population remains loyal to Assad, and eradicating this support will cost the Syrians dearly. The West’s strategy is built upon Syrians’ flesh and blood. It is a political kidnapping of the destinies of over 20 million people.

If a country is allowed to intervene in another country’s domestic affairs at will, our world will be plagued by a long series of wars driven by subversions of regimes. No matter how history judges them, it will be a nightmare for people of this age.

The West should not expect China and Russia’s cooperation if it insists on dictating its own values and mindsets to the world by any means it can. It will instead find China and Russia standing in its way.

The West has not really tasted any victory in the post-Cold War era. Although it managed to overthrow a few powerless regimes, the gains were only short-lived, as resentment against the West still exists in these countries. Afghanistan and Iraq are left with no solutions, while Egypt and Libya’s futures hang in the air. In these already escalated circumstances, China and Russia should both persuade Assad to refrain from using heavy weapons and prevent or delay the West’s militarization of the opposition. China and Russia never expect any compliment from the West. But both China and Russia know from their heart that their efforts will benefit the Syrian people and the international community’s pursuit of peace.

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  1. Michael
    May 31, 2012 at 12:26 am

    How crimes against unarmed innocent civilians keep repeating themselves!

    Unfortunately, cruel suffering of innocence is used in launching mass military invasions as a mere and often staged pretexts, from “bred-line massacre” in the center of Sarajevo in 1992, (UN could not determine the source of fire yet Clinton ordered bombing of Bosnian Serbs, protecting his proxies on the ground), “mass graves” of Kosovo 1999,
    (UN & independent investigations confirmed death of criminal and armed KLA combatants, not civilians, yet again Clinton ordered illegal NATO bombing of rump Yugoslavia for three whole months, siding again with his proxies on the ground!), to media’s hysterical claims of “countless at risk in Benghazi, Libya 2011 from Gaddafi Government…..

    CNN as the main mouth piece of U.S. war machinery firmly stated that “all but 20 victims of Houla massacre were killed by artillery fire while 102 victims were shot at close range, execution style!”
    Independent minded, objective RT reported to the CONTRARY!

    Syrian internal conflict fueled from abroad smells and feels like U.S. hysteria before military involvements in Yugoslavia and Libya!!!

  2. AR
    June 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

    CNN’s editorial should have been entitled: “Only Russia, China can stop AMERICAN-INSTIGATED carnage in Syria.”

    But that would have been too honest for the “embedded” American Free Press.

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