RT interviews Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
A US backed U.N. Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria was vetoed by Russia and China Thursday. U.S. ambassador Susan Rice called the veto “dangerous and deplorable” and said the Security Council had “failed utterly.” The resolution called for Assad to halt violence against the opposition, without any mention of outside support for the opposition.
The UN also decided to extend its observers mission in Syria for another 30 days, dropping the condition that Assad’s troops should leave cities and return to barracks. The US is not happy.
The US wants sanctions now and did not support a rollover of the UN mission.
When US Permanent Representative Susan Rice emerged, she said as President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney had on Air Force One that the US does not support any technical rollover of the mission.
For background on Russia’s veto: Syria: “It Is All About Iran”:
The Ambassador to the UN for the Russian Federation Vitaly Churkin made the point that the issue of Syria is about much more than Syria. It is a global geopolitical conflict.
Then Churkin went bigger picture, paraphrasing Bill Clinton by saying “It’s all about Iran, stupid” (and striking the last word).
He said that after the US invasion of Iraq worked out differently than the US expected — with an expanded Shi’a and Iranian role, that is — now they had to try to contain Iran, by way of Syria.
The ongoing attack on Syria, if successful and after a long bloody sectarian civil war, will lead to the installation of another fundamentalist Sunni government in a geographically critical state. This is lunacy. Even imperial stalwarts like the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Pat Lang ask:
Are we really happy that Sunni jihadis are disassembling a government that does not represent Sunni fanatics in the likelihood that it will be replaced by one that will?
And now the Times reports that the U.S. is engaged in discussions with Syria’s neighbors, including Israel, to forcibly end the Assad regime. Notice the URL: us-to-focus-on-forcibly-toppling-syrian-government:
The Obama administration has for now abandoned efforts for a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Syria, and instead it is increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad, American officials say.
Administration officials have been in talks with officials in Turkey and Israel over how to manage a Syrian government collapse. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is headed to Israel in the next several days to meet with Israeli defense counterparts, following up on a visit last week by President Obama’s national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, in part to discuss the Syrian crisis.