UN Security Council Condemns Violence by Syrian Regime

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 3, 2011
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In a statement today, the United Nations Security Council condemned the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, "This is an important and strong statement. It was long overdue."

Ambassador Rice continued, "...I think the Assad regime has been counting on the fact that the Security Council would be unable to speak. And that they would not be condemned. And that they would have protectors and defenders that would make it impossible for that condemnation to emerge. And surely they must be quite surprised and disappointed by the outcome.

"And hopefully, the people of Syria will get the sense that there are many in the international community, including in the Security Council, who are deeply concerned, profoundly troubled by the violence, who see their efforts and their peaceful protest as just. And the government will hopefully also be chastened by the strength and the unity of the condemnation. And obviously our over-arching goal, first and foremost, is for the violence to stop and the people of Syria to have the opportunity to chart their own course and have a democratic future."

You can read Ambassador Rice's full remarks on the statement here.

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party77
August 4, 2011

W.W. writes:

According to what is delivered from media to the mass:

mass opinion believe In Economic Interest

Libya//Syria : Two different scenarios
As any security official in any country may reach in term of knowledge.

Yes to Rasmussen position

Libya : Quaddafi according to his past and statement and his family declaration was dangerous for European communinity indipendently for economic interest in Libya.

Syria : Assad is dangerous for his own population but not for Europeans
There is the paradoxal chance tha terrorist are strategically fighting with words or There is Terroristic armed infiltration among peacefull Syrian population.

In anycase International community must stop Violence with the target of getting Terroristic groups wheather they play with Assad or with Unarmed protester, Terroristic group in Syria independently from their flag may put in danger European and American society in the region

Liz T.
August 4, 2011

Liz T. writes:

“If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.” MARTIN LUTHER KING

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 4, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I'm not sure what purpose would be served at this point sending Amb. Ford back, since it would be almost impossible to travel about talking to opposition members while tanks are in the streets. And it's probably time to bring the rest of staff back home as well.

Send the Syrian diplomats packing from the US as well.

Call this gut instinct, but if I were in President Obama's shoes right about now, I'd be seriously tempted to take that lowest common denominator unanimity of that presidential statement issued by the UNSC and hold a press conference and do something really gutsy...rip it in little pieces in front of cameras saying that if this is the best the UNSC can do, then it represents a "strong" statement of their inability to hold themselves accountable for what happens next...knowing what we are witness to now is nothing less than a repeat of the father's slaughter in Hama back in the 80's, Assad being just a chip off the old block.

To give Assad 24 hours, not 48 as Mr. Bush gave Saddam, to decomission every tank (by explosives) and barracks every member of his armed forces, and "get out of the way" because he's in the other hand waving the executive order signed to wage war upon him with notice of an immediate emergency Congressional vote to authorize such action as soon as that can be done.

Then make Assad homeless 15 minutes later just to let every nation on this planet understand what we consider acceptable and what's not.

And tell everybody listening that if this is the way the UNSC is going to meet its responsibilities then America will respond to the acts of terrorist dictators unilaterally every time, and that we could care less what folks think about it, they have only themselves to blame for not measuring up to the task.

That should set parameters for being in solidarity with the Syrian people, if one is trully appalled and willing to condemn.

While he's at it he might as well tell folks that he has no intention of ever again putting caveats on the word "all" in regards to "all neccessary measures" as folks did in regards to Lybia, and that none exist at this point in time.

Someone has to honor their commitments to protect populations whether the UNSC does or not...and that would be the legal basis for doing whatever needs to be done to assure that folks can live in peace eventually.

Nothing about what I've just said would be inconsistant with "nations must choose peace" and "words must mean something", for the President would simply be proving good on his words.

That's what really matters to the American people, beyond all other legitimate reasons to support him if he should take such actions.

He's asked folks to step up to the plate and folks think fouling out is ok apparently like that's going to drive in runs and win the game for the people...not even...and like always it seems we be batting clean-up in extra innings.

Oh yeah, tell folks if they arn't with us on this, that we'll gladly bill them what it costs us for their political cowardice to do it alone.

That should satisfy Congress on the question of how to pay for it.

EJ

Samuelle
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United States
August 5, 2011

Samuelle in the U.S.A. writes:

Yeah; it's just like your neighbors next door are killing each other and you naturally want to help the oppressed member (s) of the family. Right? In the end, you are suppose
to heal their wounds and yours too. But, are we truly equipped to raise the American flag again on foreign soil, knowing that we owe so much to even survive financially as a nation. I do not see the Arab world reacting to Syria's unrest. Really; or did I miss something?

saman
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United Arab Emirates
August 5, 2011

Samen in the U.A.E. writes:

@Eric in New Mexico
you talked sense it's easy to condemning this slaughter by UNSC as former verdict for Iran, has the abundant says no practicable act; Syria regime swanking against world community because its encourager Iran, this pandemonium inspiring Assad pursue protesters, you know that Iran experienced of this rises, just hang up a lot of discontented in street or shoot over crowds it's effect if media be there so next day nobody dare go to streets, then regime able to seal and plumb their shops in market or invalidate permits.
Sometimes I doubting for this consensus if Tehran regime passed hushmoney; instance,Iran has a seat in U.N and has nodding acquaintance with other members next of any agenda.
Frequently quoth who solving the plural worries of the world is in pledging annihilate of Islamic Republic of Iran.

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