December 2, 2011

Council of Fools

Reportedly more than 4,000 have been killed in Syria's military crackdown and more than 14,000 people are being held in detention.

This has been going on for at least 10 months, and the UN's Human Rights Council just now took a quick break from its full-time obsession with Israel to ceremoniously announce it has taken action with respect to Syria. The action? Drumroll please.... they've adopted a resolution! (A no-brainer to be sure, yet there are always those who abstain or vote against, e.g., Russia and China.)

And the Muslim world? You know, all those countries which the U.S. is arming with bunker buster bombs and other advanced munitions? What have they been doing to save their brethren? Well, the world's largest Muslim body, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), just urged Syria on Wednesday to "immediately stop the use of excessive force" against its citizens so as to avert any prospect of foreign intervention.

Got that? Stop the slaughter (aka "excessive force"), not because it's barbaric or morally repugnant, but because it may lead to foreign intervention.

You gotta love this bunch and their so-called values and prinicples.

The Jerusalem Post  |  December 2, 2011

UN Rights Council Condemns 'Gross' Violations in Syria

By Reuters

47-member forum adopts resolution put forward by EU with 37 states in favor, 4 against including Russia, China and 6 abstentions; text calls for UN main bodies to "take appropriate action."

U.N. Human Rights Council                                             Photo by: Reuters

GENEVA - The United Nations top human rights forum strongly condemned Syria on Friday for "gross and systematic" violations by its forces, including executions, that it said may amount to crimes against humanity.

The 47-member forum adopted a resolution put forward by the European Union (EU) by a vote of 37 states in favour, four against including China and Russia, with six abstentions. The text called for the "main bodies" of the United Nations to consider a UN report which found that crimes of humanity had been committed and "take appropriate action."

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay earlier on Friday called on the international community to take action to protect the civilian population in Syria from "ruthless repression" as the country slides into civil war.

More than 4,000 people have been killed, including 307 children, in the military crackdown since March and more than 14,000 people are believed to be held in detention, she told an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council.

"The Syrian authorities' continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war. In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people," Pillay said.

Pillay, a former UN war crimes judge, said that "the need for international accountability has even greater urgency today."

Turkey, Syria's biggest trade partner, suspended all financial credit dealings with Damascus and froze its assets, joining the Arab League in isolating Assad over his military crackdown. The United States urged other countries to follow suit.

The world's largest Muslim body, the Organization of Islamic Conference, urged Syria on Wednesday to "immediately stop the use of excessive force" against its citizens so as to avert any prospect of foreign intervention.

Original article here.


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