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West holding off on Syria intervention

2012-09-12 19:32

Doha - Western countries are not considering military intervention in Syria while Russia and China oppose such action, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters in Doha on Wednesday.

"So long as two major powers are actively opposed to any intervention in Syria, that is a major impediment to Western nations contemplating such action," said Hammond, in a clear reference to Moscow and Beijing.

Both powers have repeatedly opposed UN action against Damascus, as rights groups say more than 27 000 people have been killed since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March 2011.

The conflict in Syria "has to be resolved by the departure of" Assad's "barbaric" regime, said Hammond.

"The key to increasing the squeeze on the Assad regime is persuading the Russians that it is in their long-term interest to support an orderly and as peaceful as possible transition to a new and more legitimate successor," he said.

Beijing and Moscow have drawn heavy criticism for using their veto powers as permanent members of the UN Security Council to block resolutions against Damascus.

Meanwhile, Britain, France and the United States are clamouring for more sanctions on Assad's regime and on the need to speed up a political transition in Syria.

But Russia insists on a negotiated settlement that would involve all the players in the conflict, while its military continues to supply the Damascus regime with weapons under contracts it signed before the bloodshed began.

Comments
  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-12 19:51

    Come it will.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 19:54

    Thank god for Russia and China! The western propaganda machine will have you believe that the Russians and Chinese are getting in the way when in actual fact they are being quite sensible about finding a solution to the problem. One day soon the Europeans will wake up and realise that they cannot simply blunder into any part of the world simply because the US says so.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 22:20

      @Anthony And here's a clue, you stupid git, petro-dollar!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-13 05:50

      There is no person on these sites who continiously insults others, but if one only has straw between the ears, no surprises. You are a MASTER BS,ter!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-13 07:59

      This response is irrelevant to my comment except that it is cunning derailment of the trail of discussion over your earlier reasoning faux pas. What was it that you said, that the US has no major interests in the Middle East, and you call me a BS***r!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:55

      To Fidel, the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes, which themselves are undemocratic, are going to bring democracy to the Middle East. His words on this website. To Fidel too, Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words too on this website.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-14 11:55

      Fidel, ""And here's a clue, you stupid git, petro-dollar! "" I stick to my comment, that the USA is having less and less interest in the ME The problem with your radical clowns is, that while you are still talking silly stuff , like the Berlin Wall, and Real Politik, the world has moved on , very very much. the USA made up its mind many years ago, to become less dependent on the ME, for its energy. The success of their own oil exploration, has been beyond their wildest dreams. And although the USA will still purchase oil from ME countries, in years to come, every single year, they are going to be less dependent. So sorry about that !!!! you will have to find some other crappy story!!!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-14 12:04

      US or Canadian petro-dollar , euro? Every foreign exchange gets done by buying dollars , this is not cloak and dagger stuff.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-14 12:16

      Seeing is believing! Learn the economics of the petro dollar mechanism and then come back here when you have reached an economic understanding which would occasion the notion you are a person worthy of my time for the continuance of this topic. That would be all. As for your most banal strawman, keep chewing and If that's tough to swallow, keep a glass of water nearby.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-14 12:40

      lol, if you cannot articulate the problem don't insist on me coming to the same conclusions as you, when you can't do that its a tall drink of arrogance to insist on your time like the grand mufti of economic intelligencia. By all means lay the conspiracy down again.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-14 15:23

      @Ninja Why do you always wade in, in my conversations with Anthony. It's simple, if Anthony doesn't understand the subject, I'm under no obligation to educate him. Oh, it's the US dollar. You need to go back to 1977 and the Reasons why the Americans got rid of the Gold system and "tricked" the Saudis into accepting only dollars for theor oil. Anthony, a good history lesson for you as well!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-14 19:18

      Fidel, Told you before; YOU are the very last person in the whole world I want to be educated by, If I would wake up with a body bloated full of HATRED and BS and FILTH, I would go to the Carlton Centre, go to the roof top, and toss myself off !! THAT is no life !!!!

  • Madhi - 2012-09-12 20:33

    The west is bluffing, has been bluffing all along, they have no interest in distroying the syrian army. They know very well that more powerful weapons from syria will make their way to Alqaida in the region and american interests and client states will be next. There is no love lost between the house of saud and al qaida, the only reason why this house is standing is because of israel/us/nato/west support in arms and human assets/mossad agents like gerhard, fred and anton. But then again there is no lie that can live forever, so at the end, the conspiracy against syrian civilians and the iranian state is going to fail and assad will depart in peace not under fire.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 23:04

    Fidel, Patrick and Vox are way out there on the wrong side of things. Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words. He believes the neo Communist Chinese and Russian regimes, which themselves are undemocratic, are going to bring democracy to the Middle East. His words too. Patrick is just anti-West pure and simple. When suicide bombers kill and maim hundreds of people, to him the West did it. To him too, there's no Arab Spring. It's all a manipulation by the West. Vox is similar to both, holding the same simple anti-West beliefs. On this page he expresses the belief that the West kept Libya's money, which it obviously didn't. In Vox's world it did. A merry band of delusional brothers.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 23:06

      Add Madhi to this band. Same delusions, more convoluted.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-13 05:13

    After a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, NATO will think twice to attack Syria. Anyway is no major oil field there to make financial sense. Very sad to see how many civilian slaughtered daily.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 15:58

      NATO is a military alliance. It is not a political organization. Furthermore, it's second-largest member is Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims. Regarding your oil comment, I recommend for example that you find out exactly how many contracts NATO countries were awarded in Iraq.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-14 12:00

      Oil theory ? Who benefits from high oil prices caused by instabilty and sanctions ......... surely not the largest consumer but the cartels .Do you also not think that those countries don't need the economic revenues from oil sales ? Even if there are oil fields the military cost completely outweighs the possible benefit of even complete control of the fields. I can carry on pointing out the illogical nature of the argument.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-14 12:07

      "Oil theory ? Who benefits from high oil prices caused by instabilty and sanctions" The money changers in the City of London and New York! The US fiat currency tied to oil.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-14 12:46

      Oh so the people that facilitate international transactions including hubs like Hong kong , Singapore , Shanghai, Tokyo and they do less business when the price is high and fewer transactions .

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