Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Deplorable Russian veto?

 The reaction of the US (Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Obama) to the Russian/Chinese veto in the Security Council of the resolution against Syria was that it was disgusting, shameful, deplorable and a travesty.
Oh was it?
In order to balance the anger a bit, the site Jadaliyya published a complete list of US vetoes over the years. It it includes among other thing, vetoes against the following resolutions:  

1972 Condemns Israel for killing hundreds of people in Syria and Lebanon in air raids.
1973 Affirms the rights of the Palestinians and calls on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories.
1976 Condemns Israel for attacking Lebanese civilians.
1976 Condemns Israel for building settlements in the occupied territories.
1976 Calls for self determination for the Palestinians.
1976 Affirms the rights of the Palestinians.
1978 Urges the permanent members (USA, USSR, UK, France, China) to insure UN decisions on the maintenance of international peace and security.
1978 Criticises the living conditions of the Palestinians.
1978 Condemns the Israeli human rights record in occupied territories.

The whole list is to be found here. Don't be surprised to find that it is much longer. Most concern Israel and the Palestinians, but there are also a few against Apartheid South Africa.

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