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Irresponsible protection means harm

(People's Daily Online)

17:15, July 23, 2012

The recent escalation of violence in Syria has plunged the country deeper into turmoil. The U.N. Security Council voted on two draft resolutions on the Syrian crisis on July 19. One was put forward by Russia in attempt to extend the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) by three months and the other was proposed by Britain to impose sanctions on warring parties in Syria according to Chapter VII of the U. N. Charter. At last, the latter resolution was vetoed by China and Russia.

In fact, the two draft resolutions reflect two voices about the Syrian crisis on the international stage. The international community is divided on whether to give Kofi Annan's peace plan more support, or to abruptly close the window for peace. The veto on the British-backed resolution by China and Russia does make peace in Syria possible.

According to Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, the Security Council has right to take such measures as economic sanctions or military strikes to maintain international peace and security if the state involved fails to implement Security Council resolutions. To put it plainly, Western countries attempted to push the Security Council to pass the sanction resolution in order to get the green light for their military intervention.

On July 18, Syria’s defense minister and his deputy were killed in a suicide bomb attack at the National Security headquarters in Damascus and several other top Syrian officials such as the interior minister were wounded. The attack happened at a crucial time when the Security Council was discussing the resolution on Syria, which offers another excuse for international intervention in the Syrian crisis.

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