The Associated Press reports that America and her allies “pushed ahead Wednesday with efforts to bring Syria before the U.N. Security Council for failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, despite opposition from China and Russia.” It seems Damascus is in “non-compliance with its obligations” to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has a few questions about the Dair Alzour nuclear facility blown up by the Israelis back in 2007.
The United Nations really needs to cut Assad some slack here. He’s a busy man, with a democracy movement to suppress. The streets are soaked with blood, and bodies are piled up all over the place. Syria is a mess. This is not a good time to have company over for dinner.
If the IEAE inspectors tried to enter Syria from Turkey, they’d have a tough time pushing through the horde of terrified refugees from the town of Jisr al-Shughour, which is about to be flattened by the Syrian military, after some of the local police joined the rebellion. Assad’s father staged a nice little massacre there in 1980, but Junior can probably top his paltry two hundred victims. The BBC reports that “Turkish ambulances are ferrying wounded evacuees from Syria into Turkey, with some being kept in a camp on the border and others being taken to a hospital in a nearby city.”
How is a team of dignified, half-blind U.N. weapons inspectors supposed to cross the border through that kind of stampede? It would be like trying to get out of Wal-Mart one minute after the doors open on Black Friday.
The United Nations hasn’t actually gotten around to condemning Syria for grinding its democracy activists into hamburger, but they’re still working on a draft resolution “condemning the repression and demanding accountability and humanitarian action.” The French foreign minister says it’s “inconceivable that the United Nations remains silent.” That word, inconceivable… I don’t think it means what he thinks it means.
Other U.N. member nations, such as Brazil, South Africa, and India, are reportedly worried that a harsh condemnation of Syria could be “the first step towards a Libya-style intervention.” The previous Libya-style intervention has been such a smashing success that I can see how the Security Council would be eager to have another one. Perhaps their fears will become justified when Assad’s body count passes 5000. The population of Jisr al-Shughour is about 44,000, so he might get there in the next few days.
Assad doesn’t need to worry too much about the IEAE. China would likely veto any attempt at condemnation over the Dair Alzour stonewall, since their client North Korea’s fingerprints are all over that facility. Syria’s nuclear hijinks will remain safely hidden behind the geysers of blood from its murdered citizens.