By Farman Nawaz (Daily Outlook Afghanistan)
Today the way Mr. Putin is trying to save Syria is the result of unwanted expediency of Russia in the past. This expected blatant aggression or pose of aggression of US against Syria could be diverted if Russia could dare to speak openly as she is doing today.
In my opinion the role of opponents of US about Libya has encouraged US to break the international law about which Russian president is clamoring today. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970 was a measure adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on 26 February 2011. It condemned the use of lethal force by the regime of Muammar Gaddafi against protesters participating in the Libyan civil war, and imposed a series of international sanctions in response.
Similarly United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, on the situation in Libya, is a measure that was adopted on 17 March 2011. China and Russia abstained but the resolution formed the legal basis for military intervention in the Libyan civil war, demanding “an immediate ceasefire” and authorizing the international community to establish a no-fly zone and to use all means necessary short of foreign occupation to protect civilians. Now what are the moral justifications left for Russia to oppose US move against Syria?
The resolutions of UN Security Council like 1696 (31 July 2006), 1737 (23 December 2006), 1747 (24 March 2007), 1929 (9 June 2010), 1929 (9 June 2010), 1984 (9 June 2011), 2049 (7 June 2012), 2105 (5 June 2013) against Iran, are all about either monitoring of Nuclear program of Iran or imposition of sanctions on Iran. Russia and China both voted in favor of these resolutions.
This cooperation of Russia and China on Security Council level has made US an ogre of Middle East. US has all those pretences which were unopposed by Russia and China in case of Libya and Iran?
The pro-Russian and Chinese scholars have always advocated bringing issues to UN, because it binds the hands of US and gives an opportunity to Russia and China to solve the issues by negotiations. But here the international interests bind the hands of Russia and China to oppose US at UN, and US gains a moral justification to rule the world.
It is better to use international norms to stop US than coming in front of US. But here the need is to show a visible political strength against US to stop it twisting arms of the weaker nations. The powers that made US ogre of the Middle East have the guts to stop US. Any expediency at this stage will unquestionably lend a hand to US to make its hold strong to decide the future of the boundaries of Russia and China. Russia will have to come out from its lair to gain control of the nearby region.
Apparently it seems that this time US is not able to gather international support for this adventure. Hostile role of Russia may isolate Russia itself but this region needs the same aggressive attitude of Russia that it exhibited in the past. Once US is defeated on international forum to collect support for attack then from here the downfall of uni-polar world will start. The need is that Russia remains consistent and China lends her a hand to pave the way for multi-polar world. China too must adopt a crystal clear stance in case of US attack on Syria.
Mr. Putin’s new stance of convincing Syria to hand over its chemical weapons in international custody has at the moment diverted the threat of US attack but I fear that the power hungry US may bring about change in its stance once the issue is brought to international forums. Though the international media has dubbed this new stance as escapism of president Obama but I don’t see any compulsion of US in this matter. Still US is more powerful than its competitors, still it has a powerful military, the Arabs are standing beside US, and the powers which are opposing US are still its major business partners.
US does want to be a dominated power in the world and this compulsion will induce US to find a way of using force in Syrian matter. Now it is the test for Russia and China to satisfy US on its political subjugation. It is the only way out to save the world from the dust of wrecking US hegemony.