Friday, February 17, 2012

The band of evil countries

Why would one want to be a member of the decrepit club listed below?  They might as well refer to themselves as the Anti-Human Rights League.  Regarding their strategy, obviously they are trying to present a unified front against intervention from other countries in internal conflicts.  But, who care about consistency of position when the consistency is so obviously inhumane?  And who cares how any of the evil countries vote?  They essentially carry negative moral weight--even more negative after this vote.  I think that a better strategy would be to vote with the majority, preserving the ability to claim a humane position and then claim that your own situation is somehow different, in the case you have to abuse civilians to stay in power.  Probably I would make a terrible despot.

"The U.N. General Assembly also passed a resolution, approved by 137 of the assembly's 193 member states, calling on Mr. Assad's autocratic government to "immediately put an end to attacks against civilians."  It also endorsed an Arab League plan for a democratic transition in Syria, requiring Mr. Assad to hand power to a deputy and form a unity government to prepare for internationally-supervised elections. 

General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, but reflect world opinion on major issues.  Eleven nations joined Syria in voting against the resolution, most notably Russia and China, which vetoed a similar measure in the U.N. Security Council earlier this month.  The VOA correspondent in New York says other nations whose ambassadors spoke against the General Assembly resolution included Iran, North Korea, Bolivia and Venezuela."

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