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Putin and Russia Saved Syria from the Fate of Libya

Popularity 11Viewed 10144 times 2013-6-24 09:08 |System category:News| military, solution, western, summit, allies

Now that the G8 summit is over, it will be remembered for one thing: Vladimir Putin singlehandedly defeated U.S. and European leaders’ initiatives to further arm Syrian rebels, and to seek a military solution for Syria, saved Syria from the fate of Libya.

Ever since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. and its western allies have behaved as 'masters of the world': the Soviet Union was no more, and they could use military supremacy to dictate this global mastery. They'd manually impose regime changes upon any third world countries who refused to operate according to their wishes; even countries that had offended the West but were willing to surrender could not escape the arbitrary manhandling of theaters like Iraq and Libya. The U.S. arbitrarily labeled Iraq, Iran and the PDRK as an 'axis of evil'.  They named Libya, Syria and Cuba as those 'Beyond Axis of Evil', then denounced six other countries as 'outposts of tyranny'.

Not only denouncing third world countries refusing to obey Western wishes,  the U.S. launched a war against Iraq in 2003. Then in 2011, the U.S. and West instigated the Libyan uprisings, imposed a no-fly zone, and sent special forces there in order to successfully achieve a regime change. For the last two-and-a-half years, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have armed Syrian rebels in order to attain the same results. China and Russia’s veto in the UN Security Council effectively defeated the U.S. and other Western nations’ effort to impose a no fly zone or openly arming Syria rebels.

As the Syrian government has garnered increasing victories against the rebels in the field, Western hopes for a regime change is diminishing, and therefore they have increased their pressure on Russia to give up its support for its former ally.

As the media commented, Putin was fighting alone against seven other heads-of-state at the recent summit. In face of the concerted effort of U.S. and European leaders, Putin did not give in: he staunchly defended Syrian people’s rights to solve their problems without more outside involvement. Nearly 100,000 people have perished in Syrian civil conflicts – if the rebels in Syria were allowed to receive more weapons, and if the West were allowed to impose a no-fly zone in Syria, the situation simply would degenerated into another Libya, only resulting in more  violence and more casualties. In a way, Putin's own actions singlehandedly avoid an escalation of violence in Syria.  History will eventually note Putin’s contributions towards peace in the Middle East.  

Our world is filled with contradictions. Human rights violations are taking place every day, sometimes most egregiously within so-called 'human right upholder' countries. The movement towards human rights requires time and a peaceful environment; more dialogue on an equal basis across the world.   Military intervention in other countries’ internal affairs will not promote human rights in the world, and will only cause more violence and more human rights violations in the end. I hope the powerful leaders in the west learn the necessary lesson as soon as possible. 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report Ted180 2013-6-24 23:16
I am inclined to agree to the extent that there should be no military intervention in Syria until Russia and NATO have worked to a precise agreement on the methods and the short- and long-term objectives. Indeed, the matter should be thoroughly discussed at the UN. I see Syria as a golden opportunity to bring China, Russia and the US into a mature alliance to promote civilized internationalist progress. The stress Syria creates can be constructive. My approach is not to demonize either Russia or the US; and to remain hopeful about their rational potentials.
Reply Report Newtown 2013-6-25 13:18
As quoted 100,000 people have already died in Syria. No more time for talk, time for action to prevent more human tragedy.
Reply Report sillius50ddu5 2013-6-25 14:14
What is this drivel? Whoever closed Bellevue and devised a way of getting people to pay to be institutionalized - which is effectively modern academia in a nutshell, is the greatest financial genius/charlatan since Charles Ponzi! Thank you Vladimir Putin for retrenching Bashir Al-Asaad, the opthalmologist in a tinhat, it's something for us all to be grateful for! Putin is a despotic creep governing an opportunistic has-been arms bloc which is in a demographic downward spiral and this article's author is a third tier Noam Chomsky, in other words, an all too predictable product of the new American mental institutions. Not that this is the nuttiest political piece I've ever read in China, haha.
Reply Report Ted180 2013-6-25 21:15
Enjoyable! I also find Chomsky a pain in the ass. Putin, on the other hand, is more down-to-earth. I think a deal can be made with him. As for this author, he is a mystery to me.
Reply Report 深比欧 2013-6-26 11:19
I agree with it, civil war can't take care any human rights.  learning from china's civil war , sometimes, it can cause a more peaceful future. It depends whether this war was ended by foreign aid or not. finally it depends who can get the support of their people , the rebels or the current government.
Reply Report 深比欧 2013-6-26 11:20
I agree with it, civil war can't take care any human rights.  learning from china's civil war , sometimes, it can cause a more peaceful future. It depends whether this war was ended by foreign aid or not. finally it depends who can get the support of their people , the rebels or the current government.
Reply Report Jimmy19 2013-6-27 11:30
infact in Syria There is religious issues ,,,Iran  interrupts there  because  they want rules on the Innocent people,,,,, so Fight start against Basher Army ,,, so many people go there for help  civilians Around the world specially neighbour country  as well Saudia Arabia ,,,
Reply Report dragonflyinsky 2013-6-27 17:39
chinese must do something!
Reply Report dragonflyinsky 2013-6-27 17:54
sillius50ddu5: What is this drivel? Whoever closed Bellevue and devised a way of getting people to pay to be institutionalized - which is effectively modern academia ...
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Reply Report petgofish 2013-6-27 22:28
The One Who defeated Mr Satan  was at work again when Syria was saved from falling like Libya by a single leader of a group of 8!
Reply Report ExileMick 2013-6-28 00:59
I agree with this article. Putin has done well. Can anyone tell me of three successful American foreign policies in the last thirty years? Ok, perhaps I ask too much. How about two or even one?
Reply Report Newtown 2013-6-28 15:58
ExileMick: I agree with this article. Putin has done well. Can anyone tell me of three successful American foreign policies in the last thirty years? Ok, perhaps ...
Well the American alliance with countries such as UK, Japan and Australia is quite strong. What major points of contention would you seek to whinge about in that regard ?

Putin is a joke. He hijacked another election to become Russian President for a third term and he is continually repressing any opposing viewpoints - especially in the media - or vestiges of freedom which might threaten his dictatorial regime. Chess legend Boris Spassky has been one to recently desert the ship in order to avoid another politically motivated arrest.
Reply Report ExileMick 2013-6-29 03:14
America's alliance with the UK didn't stop it allowing fund raising for Irish freedom fighters/terrorists until after 9/11 when it discovered what international terrorism was like. How many times did the UK government's protests fall on their "friend's" deaf ears?

America stands by silently while Japan seeks to change its military's role from a purely self defence force because it needs Japan's help in its efforts to contain and limit China's growing power.

By needing to denigrate my comment as whinging you, sir, demonstrate the perspicacity of an ungulate.
Reply Report Newtown 2013-6-29 21:34
So you have no complaints about the US-Australian relationship ( which you didn't mention ) and US-Japan relationship ( wheretofore you portray USA as a silent partner ally ) so I scored at least "two" to your asked question.

So where is the medal to be pinned on this ungulate ? I'll take a gold star for robot boy if that's all you have, even a red one.

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