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Russia Vetoes Security Council Vote on Assad Atrocities

On Saturday night, Russia blocked a UN Security Council declaration of alarm over the siege of the Syrian town of Qusair by Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas, diplomats told RTE News.

Britain, the president of the council, had circulated a draft statement expressing “grave concern about the situation in Qusair, Syria, and in particular the impact on civilians of the ongoing fighting.”

Qusair, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, is home to some 30,000 people. The fighting for control of the town has been on for the past two weeks, with brutal consequences to the civilian population.

The Security Council statements must be agreed to unanimously, and Russia on Saturday night blocked the draft text, saying it was “not advisable to speak out as the UN Security Council didn’t know when Qusair was taken by the opposition,” a council diplomat said on condition of anonymity. A second diplomat confirmed the text of the Russian remarks.

Russia’s move to veto the statement is the latest example of the yawning gap between Russia and the Western nations on the two-year-old Syrian civil war, which so far has killed between 80 and 100 thousand people.

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One Response to “Russia Vetoes Security Council Vote on Assad Atrocities”

  1. The atrocities in this war are going both ways. Did you know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today? Despite military losses it has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened as of yet. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at Isaiah 17. I’m not saying it is, but it looks like it very well could be. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

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