Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria>>Could it be pay back/Unwillingness to 'play along' after facts came out about Lybia ?

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    Jul 19, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria as shelling in Damascus continues By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Liz Sly, Updated: Thursday, July 19, 11:12 AM of WP

    BEIRUT —Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening the Syrian government with sanctions, upending four months of diplomacy aimed at stemming a crisis that has left more than 14,000 people dead.

    The vote came a day after anti-government rebels bombed a meeting of top Syrian security officials, killing three senior military figures with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad, and as government shelling of neighborhoods in Damascus continued.

    A look at the Syrian uprising one year later. Thousands of Syrians have died and President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, despite numerous calls by the international community for him to step down.

    The vote, and the increasing bloodshed in the Syrian capital, were clear signs that a political resolution to the conflict remains out of reach. Western and Arab nations — deeply concerned about chemical weapons stockpiles and other factors in Syria — have pushed hard for a plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan, under which Assad would step aside and the government would undergo a peaceful transition.

    Eleven countries voted for the resolution, and two countries — South Africa and Pakistan — abstained. Only Russia and China, longtime allies of Assad, voted against it. But as permanent members of the Security Council, both countries have veto power, so the resolution was defeated.

    Russia had made no secret of its opposition to the Annan proposal, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying Wednesday that “Assad will not go on his own” and declaring that the resolution being considered was in “direct support” of the rebels.

    At a news briefing in Damascus before Thursday’s vote, the head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria, Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, was notably downbeat.

    “It pains me to say, but we are not on the track for peace in Syria, and the escalations we have witnessed in Damascus over the past few days is a testimony to that,” Mood said.

    Its widely known across the international community that the US has funded groups to stirr conflict between factions in Syria as in Afganistan, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, Georgia and on and on, for several years "FOR OUR INTERESTS". The groups we've funded have committed atrocities too, while I certainly wouldn't want to hold Assad blameless, there is that 'big picture' which is probably why China and Russia aen't playing along, but we here in the US won't be hearing or seeing the full picture from our media.
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    Last night, the Syrian authorities were claiming that many arrests of armed groups had been made and that order had been restored. The information ministry blamed Arab news channels, Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, for exaggerating and distorting the violence.

    Nevertheless, it seems clear that the armed groups have gained substantially greater military power and logistics to take their fight for the past three days to the centre of the Syrian government’s administration. The apparent confidence espoused by opposition spokesmen, in what they are calling Operation Damascus Volcano, suggests that these groups have received some kind of external assurance as to their objective of bringing down the Assad government.

    The assault on the capital comes as Washington and London step up political pressure this week on Russia and China to back a UN Security Council resolution that would pave the way for a Libya-style NATO military intervention.

    Speaking on a visit to Israel only two days ago, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton declared that the government of Bashar Assad “cannot survive”. Clinton said: “We are going to continue to press forward in the Security Council. We are going to continue to press the Russians. I believe – I cannot give a timescale on it – that this [Syrian] regime cannot survive.”

    Earlier, Clinton had provoked international consternation when she issued a grim warning to Russia and China that they would be made to “pay a price” for not backing Western efforts to put tougher sanctions on Damascus – an ally of Moscow of Beijing.

    Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov decried the use of such threatening language and said that the Western powers were trying to blackmail Moscow into adopting their adversarial position towards Syria.

    Following the killing of Syria’s Cabinet members, Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague reacted immediately to renew the pressure on Russia and China to accept the Western sponsored resolution. He said: “All such events increase the arguments for a strong and decisive resolution from the United Nations. I think it is clear that situation is deteriorating rapidly.” Somewhat knowingly, Hague added that Syria was threatened with “chaos and collapse”.

    Since May 24, several massacres in villages across Syria by Western-backed mercenaries have so far failed to dislodge Russia and China’s support for Damascus. Is the latest atrocity against Assad’s Cabinet and members of his own family “the price” that Hillary Clinton warned of?

    Finian Cunningham is Globalresearch’s Middle East and East Africa Correspondent