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'Moral Obscenity' a Flimsy Pretext for Illegal War (Huanqiu, China)


As adamantly as Western diplomats like Secretary of State Kerry and British Foreign Minister William Hague insist on the necessity of attacking Syria, Russian, Chinese and Iranian diplomats are convinced that such an attack will cause more harm than good - particularly to their interests. This editorial from China's state-run Huanqiu points out rgar with U.S. power at a low ebb, and Russia and China growing in influence, a united front has a better chance than ever of preventing a U.S. attack, and bolstering China's prestige.




Translated By John Chan


August 29, 2013


People's Republic of China - Global Times - Original Article (Chinese)

Secretary of States John Kerry makes the case for action in Syria, Aug. 26.


C-CPAN VIDEO, U.S.: In one of the most unequivocal statements about the immorality of the Assad regime, Secretary Kerry lays out what appears to be a call to arms for U.S. forces -in some way shape or form, Aug. 26, 00:08:14RealVideo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Monday that there was "undeniable" proof about last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria, and that this "moral obscenity" committed by the Assad regime "should shock the conscience of the world." The Middle East appears on the outbreak of a new war, and the most daring analysts anticipate a U.S. strike against Syria "as early as Thursday."


Even if this so-called "evidence" isn't recognized by the United Nations, given America's record of using of false evidence to launch the Iraq War, Washington is unlikely to have compunctions about bypassing the U.N. and mounting this attack. Who can stop it? It will nevertheless be an unnecessary air strike that merely looks impressive. With so little political support, it will be one of the most reluctant air strikes since the end of the Cold War.


The 1999 air war over Kosovo was aimed clearly at coercing Serbia's military to withdraw - and Washington succeeded. The West's Libya air strikes in 2011 helped the Libyan opposition defeat the isolated Qaddafi. But this time, Washington lacks clear political objectives. Citing "moral obscenity" as a pretext to wage war looks rash and careless.

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The attack on Syria, if it occurs, will encounter extraordinarily fierce resistance. The Assad regime has been cut off by the West and has sustained a more than two year insurgency, which is evidence of its viability. Also, unlike the Qaddafi regime,  Damascus has  the firm support of Russia and Iran. In addition, the "Arab Spring" setback in Egypt has improved the odds for the Assad government, giving it the confidence to survive external intervention.


America's influence was far greater when it launched air strikes in the last century, and now, Russia and China are much more resolutely opposed to its use of force. While Washington's global influence is declining, Russia is recovering its national strength, and China's influence is climbing. Although the two are not in direct confrontation with the West, their warnings about a strike, which are becoming increasingly hard to ignore,  make the West's job of building support for the endeavor far more difficult.


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The Americans are most likely to use air strikes to assist the Syrian opposition, which has been in retreat for some time now. Air strikes can certainly play a role in such a strategy. In Syria, however, it would never have been as easy as it was in Libya to bring a complete reversal on the battlefield. In addition, the air strikes against Qaddafi went on for quite some time, given that they were conducted under a U.N.-authorized no-fly zone. If the Syrian raid is deemed illegal, it will be difficult to sustain for long.


Those forces around the world that oppose military intervention should unite as far as possible to prevents U.S. and British air strikes against Syria. If the strikes cannot be prevented, help for the Syrian government to resist should be provided. Furthermore, Russian and Iran must consider providing Damascus with direct military aid. As the countries with the most to lose in the event of a Syrian collapse, the two have little choice but to strongly oppose military intervention in Syria.



Because Russia has such a special interest in Syria, it has most strongly opposed military intervention in Syria. Iran and Syria, however, are mutually dependent. So after Russia, if the West succeeds in eliminating the Assad regime, Iran stands to lose the most. In fact, if the two countries fail to act resolutely, other countries are unlikely to show much concern for their losses.


China is not carrying the banner on the Syria issue, but it certainly must express its attitude on a possible Western strike more clearly than ever. The strategic benefits this brings is more important to Beijing than the risk of friction with the West, particularly since the West is gradually targeting China as the "biggest potential threat." The Syrian crisis is unlikely to alter China's strategic relations with the West, but will help consolidate trust in China in other countries.


When it comes to striking small countries, Washington is more hesitant than it was 20 years ago. The world must constantly push Washington until the overwhelming odds force it to shrink from the use of force. This is vital to the security strategies of emerging countries.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Aug. 29, 2013, 6:41am