Thursday 23 November 2017

Charles Crawford: Why Russia vetoed the Syria resolution ... and why it's staying loyal to its old buddy Assad

WE don't want to do it too often in case it becomes a bad habit and/or our eyeballs pop out under the strain, but just this once let's look at the world in general and Syria in particular from Russia's point of view. Why did Moscow veto the UN Security Council resolution?

The big mistake made in analysing UN Security Council resolutions about, say, Syria is to assume that they are mainly about Syria. They're often mainly about something else.

This latest draft resolution indeed said a lot about Syria, although nothing to make the Assad regime quake in its boots. The main point of it was to throw international weight behind an Arab League plan which envisaged a transition to a new leadership not led by current management (namely President Assad and his cronies).

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