Pindostan & Russia Trade Condemnations at Emergency UNSC Meeting –
Second Emergency Meeting in a Week Ends in Similar Acrimony
Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, Sep 25 2016
What a difference a week makes. Last weekend, Russia called an emergency meeting of the UNSC over a Pindo airstrike in Syria which killed 83 soldiers. Pindo boxtop were apoplectic, spending the entirety of the brief meeting railing against Russia for daring to call a meeting at all. This weekend it was Pindostan’s turn to call its own emergency meeting on Syria, with an eye toward blaming Russia for everything that’s gone wrong over the last few days. Samantha Power’s claims last week that such meetings are just “a diversion from what is happening on the ground” appear long forgotten. Power spent this meeting furiously railing at “Russian barbarism,” insisting that Russia’s operations against Nusra cannot be considered “counter-terrorism,” and reiterating Pindosi insistence that Russia was to blame for last week’s destruction of a humanitarian convoy, which Pindo boxtops insisted would be the case even if Russia didn’t actually do it. Power went on to insist that Russia is “abusing” its position as a permanent member of the UNSC in carrying out airstrikes in Syria that have killed civilians. Power and her British counterpart, both representing permanent members of the UNSC who have also killed Syrian civilians in airstrikes, insisted that the war was at this point Russia’s fault. Vitali Churkin warned he believes that the peace process in Syria is “almost an impossible task now,” while Bashar Ja’afari, who spoke after Western boxtops all stormed out, insisted that the political solution to the Syrian Civil War required fighting terrorist groups like Nusra. This appeared to be the joint Pindo-Russian plan just a couple of weeks ago, with both agreeing to a weeklong ceasefire leading to joint attacks on Nusra. The bungling Pindo attack on Syrian troops, however, sparked tensions, and the Obama administration was so incensed by Russia’s criticism that the joint operations were abandoned before they began. Instead, Pindostan demanded that Russia and Syria unilaterally ground all warplanes in the country. Pindostan subsequently blamed Russia for not complying with their demands, while Russia insisted that Pindostan and its
allies vassals had convinced the rebels of the necessity of a military solution, which meant many were never fully on board with the ceasefire, and were eager to scrap it.
Power slams Russian ‘barbarism’ in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible
Michelle Nichols, Yara Bayoumy, Reuters, Sep 25 2016
Samantha Power on Sunday called Russia’s action in Syria “barbarism,” while the Russian ambassador said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now.” The UNSC met on Sunday at the request of Pindostan, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city. Samantha Power told the UNSC:
What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism. Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive. It is time to say who is carrying out those air strikes and who is killing civilians. Russia holds a permanent seat on the UNSC. This is a privilege and it is a responsibility. Yet in Syria and in Aleppo, Russia is abusing this historic privilege.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the UNSC:
In Syria hundreds of armed groups are being armed, the territory of the country is being bombed indiscriminately and bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now because of this.
British ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the UNSC:
The Pindo/Russian peace effort is very, very near the end of its life and, yes, the UNSC needs to be ready to fulfill our responsibilities. The regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo. Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes.
As Syrin Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari began addressing the council, Power, Rycroft and French Ambassador Delattre walked out of the chamber, diplomats said. Ja’afari told the UNSC:
Any political solution can only be successful by providing the requisite conditions through intensified efforts to fight terrorism. The real war on terrorism has never started yet. The advent of Syrian victory is imminent.
De Mistura briefed the council meeting on Sunday. He appealed to the council to come up with a way to enforce a cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying:
I am still convinced that we can turn the course of events. We have proven this more than once before. Any sign of me resigning would be a signal that the international community is abandoning the Syrians, and we will not abandon the Syrians, and neither will you.
Pindostan accuses Russia of “war crimes” as danger of Pindo-Russian clash in Syria mounts
Jordan Shilton, WSWS, Sep 26 2016
Pindo & vassal diplomats went on the offensive against Russia at a UNSC meeting Sunday, provocatively accusing Moscow of “war crimes” in Syria and demonstrating their readiness to risk a direct military confrontation with the nuclear-armed power. The emergency UNSC meeting was called by Pindostan, Britain and France with the explicit aim of making unsubstantiated allegations of war crimes against Russia. Referring to the attack on a UN aid convoy last Monday, Samantha Power told the meeting:
What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism, it is barbarism. The Syrian government, which began an offensive on Thursday to take rebel-held parts of Aleppo, is indiscriminately bombing residential areas with Russian support. Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get lifesaving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson went even further, telling an interviewer on the BBC Sunday that Russia should be investigated for war crimes. The handwringing of Pindosi and British politicians over alleged human rights abuses is thoroughly hypocritical. In truth, the collapse of the week-long ceasefire early last week was triggered by the deliberate bombing of Syrian army positions by Pindo aircraft, positions that were well-known to coalition forces. The attack enabled Daesh to assume control of the area. In addition, Pindo-backed “rebels,” which are dominated by Nusra, systematically violated the terms of the ceasefire on several occasions. The subsequent attack on the aid convoy could have been perpetrated by these forces, who have been accused of blocking civilians from fleeing. Vitaly Churkin commented at the meeting:
Reaching a peace deal in Syria is almost impossible, due to Washington’s continued support for Nusra. They are armed with tanks, APCs, field artillery, MLRS … dozens and dozens of units, including heavy weaponry … Of course they couldn’t have made this equipment themselves. All of this has been received by them and is still being shipped to them by generous Western backers, with Pindostan presumably turning a blind eye.
He went on to accuse Nusra of blocking humanitarian aid to Aleppo and launching indiscriminate attacks on government-held areas. Clashes intensified throughout the country Sunday. Between 26 and 43 civilians were reported killed in bombing raids on eastern Aleppo, which is controlled by anti-Assad forces dominated by Nusra. It is becoming increasingly evident that Washington and its vassals never saw the ceasefire as a means of bringing an end to the conflict. Rather, they agreed to the deal to resupply their proxy forces and to prepare a massive intensification of the war for regime change in Damascus. This was made clear Sunday, when a statement signed by a large collection of rebel groups, many of which are backed by Pindostan, released a statement rejecting any talks about an end to the war, declaring:
Negotiations under the present conditions are no longer useful and are meaningless.
In a public demonstration that they would accept nothing short of the full capitulation of the Assad government to their plans for regime change, Power and the French and British ambassadors left the UNSC chamber as the Syrian ambassador spoke. The transparent aim of the aggressive denunciation of Russia is to provide a fraudulent pretext for war. From the claim that Muammar Gaddafi was preparing to massacre civilians in Benghazi in Mar 2011, to the lying allegations that Syrian government forces launched the sarin gas attack in East Ghoutta in Aug 2013, and now the unsubstantiated allegations about Russian war crimes against the civilian population, Washington and its vassals have repeatedly seized on such human rights propaganda to legitimize a vast escalation of military violence throughout the Middle East. The corporate-controlled media has gone into overdrive in its efforts to demonize Russia and cast Pindostan as a morally outraged bystander. Articles and television news reports routinely cite the aid convoy attack, which they attribute to Russia and the Syrian government without any hard evidence, as the cause of the ceasefire breakdown. The NYT published yet another propaganda piece Saturday, entitled “From paradise to hell: how an aid convoy in Syria was blown apart” in which authors Anne Barnard and Somini Sengupta all but categorically asserted that Russia was to blame. Based on conversations with anonymous sources, including some aligned with the pro-Pindosi and anti-Assad rebels, the NYT proclaimed:
Together, the interviews and other material indicate that there was a sustained, coordinated attack carried out by Russian or Syrian aircraft, probably both.
Reports then appeared Sunday alleging that cluster munitions, white phosphorus, chemical weapons and barrel bombs were being deployed against Aleppo neighborhoods. The demonization of Russia is preparing the ground for a war that will quickly draw in the major powers into a regional and global conflict. This was underscored by the remarks of JCoS Dunford to Congress last week. Asked by Republican Senator Roger Wicker if the military could take decisive action to impose a no-fly zone, Dunford responded:
For now, for us to control all the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war with Syria and Russia. That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.
The military top brass in the Pentagon never supported the ceasefire deal and had no intention of abiding by it. As Dunford frankly admitted to the senators:
Russia is the most significant threat to our national interests.
Despite the open acknowledgement that a no-fly zone would mean war, the incendiary policy is finding growing support, including from Jackass Kerry. In August, Pindostan backed a Turkish incursion into northern Syria to oust Kurdish rebels from the border region. Erdogan has vowed to establish a so-called safe zone across a large area of the north of Syria. This would entail the permanent presence of troops from a NATO member state within Syria, creating yet another flashpoint with Russia. Washington’s reckless drive to war in the Middle East is being met with growing intransigence from its opponents in Damascus and Moscow. Speaking at the UNGA debate last week, Walid Muallem labeled the Pindosi bombing of the Syrian army outpost, which killed over 60 soldiers and injured over 100 more, a deliberate act, saying:
The Syrian Government puts all the responsibility for aggression on Pindostan. This vile aggression proves that Pindostan and its vassals are accomplices of Daesh and other terror groups.
Muallem also denounced Turkey’s incursion in strident tones, declaring that the Pindo-backed operation was a flagrant breach of Syrian sovereignty. In a lengthy interview on Russian television Saturday, Sergei Lavrov warned that the Kremlin was increasingly unwilling to compromise in the face of Washington’s provocative actions. Lavrov charged that no progress had been made in separating the Nusra and other Jihadi forces from the so-called moderate opposition. Reiterating even more explicitly comments he made on Thursday, the foreign minister continued:
(Otherwise), our suspicions that this all is being done to take the heat off Jabhat al-Nusra will strengthen. If everything again boils down to asking Russia’s and Syria’s Air Forces to take unilateral steps, such as “Give us another 3 or 4-day pause, and after that we will persuade all opposition groups that this is serious, and that they must cut ties with Jabhat al-Nusra,” such talk will not be taken seriously by us anymore.