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James Whitehead

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Were China and Russia justified in vetoing the UN resolution for Syria?

Given the media blackout surrounding Syria and the dubious fatality statistics, is it fair to suggest that the proposed resolution was rushed/ambiguous and left open possibilities for military intervention? Could it be argued that the USA should have been more prepared to negotiate the terms of the resolution? By vetoing the resolution, have China and Russia contributed to the continued bloodshed, or would the implementation of the resolution only have led to further deaths?

At this time, is Western intervention in Syria appropriate, given the current climate of Civil War?

Does intervention question the sovereignty of Syrian Government?

Is the US using Syria as a platform for an attack/action against Iran?

To what extent would you agree that sanctions proposed by the resolution should not have concentrated solely on e Bashar al-Assad's government, but rather look at calming both the militia and armed rebels groups?

To what extent would you agree that the USA government is hiding its true intentions behind the guise of "Human Rights"?

Is it fair to draw parallels between Syria and Libya?


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    Feb 10 2012: Most of the countries at the frontline supporting military intervention are these ones who first sold to Sirya all the weapons Sirya is using to crush down his people. The one who are opposing the intervention are still selling weapons to Sirya. and yet no one has the courage to call them outloud ACCOMPLICES to the human tragedy taking place there.
    It is a very tricky situation, but how many of these are we to solve in the years to come? The bottom line is, we ought to revise the functionning of the UN and its missions. By doing so, we will reduce the influence of the US, Russia, France, United Kingdom, China, in making the decision for the world. A more equal world may evolve, as democracy is set there. Taht will be the greatest sign to show all the ruler of this world that things have changed for better.

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