August 08, 2012
The deadly game of Russia and China in international politics continues, with the two authoritarian countries lined up against much of the civilized world that is appalled at the killings in Syria.
As permanent members of the Security Council, Russia and China vetoed another United Nations resolution seeking to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to curb his violent crackdown.
The resolution gained support from most of the Security Council members, passing 11-2 with two abstentions, Pakistan and South Africa. The abstainers share in the guilt, but at least don’t have the veto, as Russia and China do.
“The Security Council has failed utterly in its most important task on its agenda this year,” Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the council after the vote. “The first two vetoes were very destructive. This veto is even more dangerous and deplorable.”