and China 'Misguided' for Vetoing Syria Action
a truism to say that Russia has never bet on a winning horse. But sad to say,
the most painful turn of events has been the conversion of China - an emerging economic
and demographic power - into the acolyte of a mafia-controlled country. Has
Beijing also lost its global compass, has it failed to see the rivers of blood flowing
in Syria, or is this simply a case of dictators flocking together?"
Over recent decades, the country
of Syria - apart from the regime - hasn't benefited much from Russian advice. After
the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights in 1967, Chairman of the Presidium
of the Supreme Soviet Nikolai
Podgorny, in a bid for boost the chances of Palestinian liberation, advised
Damascus to tolerate Syria's transformation into a resistance base. Yes today,
the Golan remains under occupation. In 1981, Leonid Brezhnev advised
President Hafiz al-Hassad to "crush the Syrian rebellion to prevent the
spread of an Islamic Caliphate from Kabul to Damascus."
This advice led to the deaths
of over 30,000 people in Hama alone. The same thing happened when Vladimir
Putin, who issued Damascus a license to murder, used his government’s U.N.
Security Council veto to frustrate global efforts to stop the genocide machine
from destroying the Syrian people's revolution, which has been under way for
over a year.
Russia's position on the U.N.
Security Council resolution is not surprising, nor is it new. Recall that
Russia fought on all fronts to prevent International Criminal Court trials of Slobodan Milosevic
and Radovan Karadzic.
The reason Putin did so was to prevent the pair from facing justice for the
massacre of civilians and other horrific crimes against humanity in the former
Yugoslavia. Nevertheless, justice eventually took its course and the suspects went
to trial at The Hague.
But despite all this, Vladimir
Putin, one of the most notable remnants of the Soviet KGB, has learned nothing from
previous experience. He continues to bet on the wrong global political horses. His
seems to have lost his political compass, believing that the world remains
under the thumb of Soviet spies. He played the same game in Libya when he
closed his eyes to the outcry of defenseless Libyan citizens. Meanwhile, his
ally Muammar Qaddafi was slitting the necks of his people. Up to the very last
minute, he continued to bet that repressions was the only way to quell the
revolution, which eventually toppled the "Colonel" and freed the
country of the clutches of Africa's mad, self proclaimed "King of Kings."
Again - Russia had lost its bet. The same scenario is repeating itself in Syria,
but this time it is even worse, as the Kremlin is blaming the victim - the
opposition - for the killings.
The result of Russia's gamble
is known in advance: the descendants of the greatest companion of the Holy
Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) Khalid Bin Al-Waleed
- who hailed from the very cities that massacres are being committed in - will
not return to tranquility and calm until they regain Syria's freedom and return
to their rightful place as the beating heart of Arabism.
Yes, it is a truism to say
that Russia has never bet on a winning horse. But sad to say, the most painful
turn of events has been the conversion of China - an emerging economic and
demographic power - into the acolyte of a mafia-controlled country. Has Beijing
also lost its global compass, has it failed to see the rivers of blood flowing in
Syria, or is this simply a case of dictators flocking together?
It is a pity that the hands
of the entire planet are tied by this illogical veto by the world's highest authority.
The U.N. Security Council is supposed to protect people - in this case not from
external aggression or to prevent a war between nations - but from a
dictatorial regime that sees blood as fuel for remaining in power. This explains
why the entire world has lost confidence in the United Nations. The Custodian
of the Two Holy Mosques [Saudi King Abdullah]
has described the situation in a way that reflects the thoughts of a majority
of people, saying that the body has become hostage to a bloodthirsty Russian adventurer.
Referring to the Syrian people, he asserted, “By the grace of God, who is
always on the side of the patient, we will continue to endure until Allah
rescues them. The mill of God grinds slowly but surely.”
*Ahmed Al-Jarallah is the
editor-in-chief of Kuwait's Arab Times and Al-Seyassah