The Un General Assembly voted on Syria today. From the WSJ:
The resolution “fully supports” an Arab League plan for Mr. Assad to relinquish power to a vice president while a national unity government is formed, leading to a general election. Damascus has already rejected the plan.
While General Assembly resolutions are nonbinding, they do reflect world opinion on major issues. Critics of the Assad regime were hoping for a high level of support to deliver a strong message.
The U.N. says that more than 7,400 people, including 2,000 government security forces, have been killed in the 11-month uprisings against Mr. Assad
In explicit language, the resolution “strongly condemns” continued “widespread and systematic violation of human rights” by the Syrian authorities.
The vote in the 193-member world body was 137-12 with 17 abstentions. Russia and China were among only 12 nations who voted against the resolution.
Clearly, Russia and China are voting for fascism. That’s no surprise. That’s what those countries are. Will either of them ever climb out of it? With the Mao-soleum and Lenin’s Tomb still ensconced on Tiananmen and Red Square, it’s hard to be optimistic. When a society has many years under a dictatorship, it takes yet longer to unravel the effects.