Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Russia, China, and Syria

I'm watching with a mixture of incredulity and amusement as the world collectively wrings their hands to find a reason for Russia and China to nix the UN Security Council resolution against Syria. I haven't heard anyone mention the true reason yet. Dictatorships support other dictatorships, just as democracies support other democracies. That's it. It's amazing that we have to go through this process every time.

Take the Iraq War, for instance. Russia and China went against the U.S., the pavlovian nature of which makes their votes irrelevant. France and Germany were a different story. It wasn't until after the invasion that we learned why they went against the rest of the world. These two countries were involved in the largest example of fraud in human history (by the numbers), which certainly provided the motive to stay out of Iraq. Every other country in the world that matters, save those four, went along with the action -- 39 in all, including the UK, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Australia.

The UN is a tool for us (and others) to use, but it is not the only tool.

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