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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 12 2012: China and Russia are rightfully shivering in their own boots, knowing that the people of their countries are losing patience with the injustices and corruption and will be rising up to throw off the people at the top who are oppressing and exploiting them. In other words, those who vetoed the UN resolution are identifying with Assad, the man who is murdering his own people to keep himself in power, rather than caring about the hundreds and perhaps thousands of people being murdered by the tyrant Assad. Russia and China now share responsibility with Assad for the deaths of hundreds of Syrian people.
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      Feb 13 2012: Although Al Qaeda now support the rebel uprising..... hmmmm, Ayman al-Zawahiri re-forming Osama Bin Ladens old bonds with the USA?

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