Syria And Beyond: Most Serious East-West Confrontation Since End Of Cold War By Vladimir Radyuhin

3 March 2012 — The Hindu

The cold wind from Russia

Putin’s election-eve attack against Washington and its western allies for exporting “rocket-bomb democracy” indirectly targets India too

The veto Russia slapped jointly with China on two United Nations Security Council resolutions that sought the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad marked the most serious East-West confrontation since the end of the Cold War.

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Putin On Libyan Scenario For Syria: We Will Set Up Coalition Of Concerned States, We Will Strike

27 February 2012 — Interfax

U.S., other countries should not bypass UN SC by using military scenario in Syria

“The very logic of such behavior is counterproductive and quite dangerous. It will not lead to anything good. In any case, it will not help resolve the situation in the country experiencing a conflict. Worse, it will cause further imbalance in the entire international security system and undermine the UN’s authority and central role. I will recall that the veto right is not a whim but an integral part of the world order, which, as a matter of fact, was enshrined in the UN Charter at the insistence of the U.S.”

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Rights and regime change By Shahnaz Durrani

16 February 2012Asia Times Online: Rights and regime change

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The dawn of twenty-first century has brought a new phenomenon in its wake, which unfortunately has been little questioned or debated: the right of the mightiest to regime change. Where earlier the pretext of communism’s displacement reigned, followed by orthodox theocracy, now is the age of supplanting assertive regimes, even though they may be progressive and their ouster may mean the power of the religious orthodoxy.

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Imperialist hands off the Syrian revolution

5 February 2012 — Red Scribblings

The veto by Russia and China of a chapter 6 resolution at the United Nations calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to stand down has produced a loud ghashing of teeth by Hillary Clinton, William Hague and all kinds of other luminaries of the West. Syria seems to be heading for civil war. In fact arguably the civil war has already started with the formation of a rebel army from defectors from the official army and its engaging in sporadic armed conflict with the regime’s forces.

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Given all the fuss over the Russia China…

Given all the fuss over the Russia/China veto of the UNSC resolution on Syria (“disgusting”, “outraged” etc), check out the number of vetoes by the US over just Palestine: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html.

Moreover, the only time there has been a triple veto, it was over sanctions on apartheid South Africa (with the UK and Canada of course).

THE ROVING EYE: Syria and those ‘disgusting’ BRICS By Pepe Escobar

6 February 2012 — Asia Times

A Greek choir of the “disgusted” and the “outraged” predictably greeted BRICS members Russia and China double veto to the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing regime change in Syria. The resolution was backed by that haven of democracy, the GCC League, the organization controlled by the six monarchies/emirates of the Gulf Cooperation Council formerly known as the Arab League.

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