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75 shot down in Syria by their own government. What no “R2P”?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a number of times about the reason or UN “principle” applied to Libya.  Its application to Libya was purely arbitrary.

Former case in point of that particular claim was Iran – wantonly gunning down protesters in the streets.  Present case in point is Syria:

FOR THE PAST five weeks, growing numbers of Syrians have been gathering in cities and towns across the country to demand political freedom — and the security forces of dictator Bashar al-Assad have been responding by opening fire on them. According to Syrian human rights groups, more than 220 people had been killed by Friday. And Friday may have been the worst day yet: According to Western news organizations, which mostly have had to gather information from outside the country, at least 75 people were gunned down in places that included the suburbs of Damascus, the city of Homs and a village near the southern town of Daraa, where the protests began.

Massacres on this scale usually prompt a strong response from Western democracies, as they should. Ambassadors are withdrawn; resolutions are introduced at the U.N. Security Council; international investigations are mounted and sanctions applied. In Syria’s case, none of this has happened. The Obama administration has denounced the violence — a presidential statement called Friday’s acts of repression “outrageous” — but otherwise remained passive. Even the ambassador it dispatched to Damascus during a congressional recess last year remains on post.

Where are the Chicki-hawks on this – Powers, Rice and Clinton?  Oh, yeah, I forgot, Hillary Clinton claims that Assad is a “reformer” and that the big difference is that Assad isn’t using or threatening to use his airplanes to kill his own people.  I’m sure that makes a big difference to those dead Syrian protesters.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not calling for yet another intervention anywhere.  That’s not the point of this.  My point is about the purely arbitrary application of a so-called “principle” or “right” the UN has invented and calls the “Right to Protect” (R2P).  Apparently some protestors enjoy more rights than others to their lives.

If anyone, given what has occurred within the last 2-3 years or so, can point out the “bright line” over which a country can step and prompt the invocation of R2P, I’d be grateful.

To this point I can’t figure out what that line is.  Syria figured it was 20 KIAs a day.  But when they did 3x+ that, eh, no biggie.  Everyone’s favorite word for use when they don’t plan on doing anything  – “outrage” – was used so apparently diplomatic necessities have been served and its now time to ignore the massacres until it is again appropriate to declare the next occurrence an outrage.  That’s the treatment “reformers” get, don’t you know?



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15 Responses to 75 shot down in Syria by their own government. What no “R2P”?

  • Syria has an exemption from R2P

  • Basically, you call up the Sec. of State and explain you need a waiver, and she can give you one, depending.
    They are even talking about setting up a one-stop shop where you get your waiver from Obamacare, and your waiver for R2P.

  • I see this as strengthening Iran and others resolve to get nukes and advanced military tech. It sort of proves to them that only the weak get bombed and whatnot. Those who could cause real problems are left alone.

  • The idjits thought it was going to be easy. I can picture/hear the Air and Navy guys and their “We don’t need no stinkin’ ground-pounders” rap from here. I have several years experience as an “advisor” in assorted dark continent hellholes, and I can testify that braided spit and polish doesn’t count for much there. Of course Mrs. Sunstein-Powers has never heard any input from us experienced in such things and wasn’t it a wonderful way to show the strength, manliness and decisiveness of the empty suit to kick off his billion dollar campaign?
    Two side notes:
    One- I want one of those flying tanks that were shot up (no, I’m not convinced they were anti-aircraft artillery tracks).
    Two – Kind of shows who the big dog was in NATO doesn’t it? Maybe we should abandon Europe to he natives now.

    • I think State convinced Obama that he had to help UK and France…”just for a little while” and it would be done.
      I do think the end result will be Gaddady ousted. Its a small country, and with our help from the air, the rebels will eventually win.
      Note, Misrata supposedly has fallen to the rebels. Gaddaffy can’t even take or hold a city very near Tripoli should tell you something.
      Plus his logistics and headquarters are under constant attack while the rebels are not.

  • The difference here is that Baracky knows he can’t get a quick victory.  He thought he could pull off a 3-day walkover in Libya, but like in all things, he had no clue.

    The good news for the Pres–ent is that the media has basically thrown Libya news under the bus in favor of vital items such as pushing the “GOP = birther” issue

  • The probability of invocation of R2P is inversely proportional to the ability to shoot back. Monaco? Guaranteed R2P intervention if the UN folks decide the roulette tables are rigged. China? Not so much.

  • I see that Western leaders are now basically floating the idea of NATO assassinating Qadaffi.

    The world owes a massive apology to Bush…

  • From the start, R2P was a sham.  If honestly applied, western powers would be bombing targets in a dozen countries around the world, including most states in the Middle East.  R2P was never a serious concept, just thin justification.

  • These killings are commonly held in Syria what is doing The U.N.? these killings must be stopped and the the Syrian government must apologize for these killings and leave their posts immediately otherwise the U.N. send their coalition forces to the Syria and take necessary action against that cruel government.

  • Consistency, hall mark of a great leader.  I guess we’ll have to task some of that gear we were planning on using in Libya to help the civilians in Daraa Syria.
    Thank God Obama, NATO and the UN are here to help!