Great news: China and Russia veto UN resolution condemning Syria. God knows I am no more a fan of Assad than I am of Gaddafi, but there is no doubt in my mind that the worst possible solution would be a repetition of what happened in Libya, but this time in Syria. Furthermore, China and Russia are also sending a message to the US and its European “pack of poodles” (remember Blair as “Dubya’s poodle?) that enough is enough, and that considering how comprehensively the UN resolution on Libya was misinterpreted, bypassed or directly ignored, no resolution at all with be passed on Syria.
Does that mean that China and Russia have learned their lesson?
This question assumes that somehow China and Russia were naive, Pollyanna-like, and that they were duped by the US and NATO. That is absolute rubbish, IMNSHO. Chinese and Russian diplomats are extremely capable, experienced and sophisticated people who must have known from day 1 that any resolution which spoke of “all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country (notice, not even actual attack, even ‘threats’ of attack are enough for all necessary measures) meant a ‘carte blanche’ for the US Empire and its minions.
No, the Chinese and the Russian new exactly what they were doing when they betrayed Libya and turned it to the care of the US/NATO. They were either bought, or there was some quid pro quo, or they wanted to further over-extend the US/NATO, or whatever. I will never believe that they did not know what they were doing. They might, therefore, do it again. Just like Russia ‘gave’ Bosnia to NATO only to then roar in outrage over the NATO war in Kosovo.
Frankly, the Chinese and Russian attitude makes no sense to me and while I do rejoice over today’s veto over Syria, I deeply regret that neither country has decided to be consistent in its resistance against the US to become a world hegemon.