| Putin reaches out to America: A Plea for Caution From Russia!

A Plea for Caution From Russia ~ VLADIMIR V. PUTIN, New York Times.

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria.

MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy inSyria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.

The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.

We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.

I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.


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| UN: Ban challenges legality of US strike without Security Council resolution!

UN: Ban challenges legality of US strike without Security Council resolution ~ circa.


Copyright 2013 Reuters
The UN Secretary General has called on the Security Council to act if inspectors find Assad used chemical weapons but has warned of the U.S. acting unilaterally.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 AT 7:00PM

“The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and/or when the Security Council approves of such action. That is a firm principle of the United Nations.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
In a press conference on Sept. 3, Ban warned that a strike from the U.S. and France could risk further turmoil in the region.

Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s UN ambassador, called on “the UN Secretary-General to shoulder his responsibilities for preventing any aggression on Syria and pushing forward reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria,” state news agency SANA said Sept. 2.

“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets… I will seek authorization of the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”

Obama, citing the British Parliament’s vote in Syria, said he “welcomed the debate” on taking military action against Assad. He said that a military strike is not time-sensitive and that it doesn’t matter if it happens “tomorrow, next week, or a month from now.”

The British government’s motion proposing military action in Syria was defeated in the House of Commons on Aug. 29. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “It’s clear to me that the British parliament and the British people do not wish to see military action; I get that, and I will act accordingly.”

The White House released a statement on Aug. 30 saying that it assessed with “high confidence” that the Assad regime carried out a chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Aug. 21, including the use of a nerve agent. It also released a map indicating where it believes the attack took place.

“Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions. In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense.”

Putin spoke to reporters Aug. 31, claiming that the Syrian regime wouldn’t have risked international intervention by using chemical weapons when, according to Putin, the regime is doing well. He also called on the U.S. to present evidence of the attack to the UN Security Council.

“The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished. There are few countries which can have the capacity of enforcing any sanction through the appropriate measures. France will be part of it. France is ready.”

– French President Francois Hollande
Hollande said the British parliament’s rejection of military action had no bearing on how France would act and military action could be taken before the French parliament meets Sept. 4 to debate the issue.

<span><span>The German government has ruled out intervention in Syria. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said </span>"such participation has not been sought nor is it being considered." Popular opinion in Germany is overwhelmingly against action.</span>COPYRIGHT 2013 REUTERS
The German government has ruled out intervention in Syria. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said “such participation has not been sought nor is it being considered.” Popular opinion in Germany is overwhelmingly against action.

“The threats of direct aggression against Syria will only increase our commitment to our deep-rooted principles and the independent will of our people. Syria will defend itself in the face of any aggression.”

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
As Western nations readied for a possible military strike against Syria, Assad was quoted by Syrian state television Aug. 29 telling this to a delegation of Yemeni politicians.

The UK put a resolution before the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council Aug. 28. According to PM David Cameron, the draft resolution condemns “the chemical weapons attack by Assad” and authorizes “necessary measures to protect civilians.” Russia has said the Security Council should wait until the findings of the UN chemical weapons inspectors are released before considering a response.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called for military action to go beyond punitive measures for chemical attacks. Erdogan said, "<span>An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of one or two days will not be enough. The goal should be to force the regime out."</span><span></span>COPYRIGHT 2013 REUTERS
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called for military action to go beyond punitive measures for chemical attacks. Erdogan said, “An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of one or two days will not be enough. The goal should be to force the regime out.”

The Israeli military’s gas mask distribution network has been overwhelmed with increased demand as the West considers military options against Syria. Large lines have formed outside post offices, where gas masks are being distributed, and opening hours have been extended.

The EU in May agreed to extend financial and economic sanctions against the Syrian government for one year, but it has not been able to reach a deal to support Syrian rebels.
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  2. European Union to lift arms embargo on Syrian rebels
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  4. Syria crisis: Cameron recalls Parliament to vote on response as Russia warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of military intervention
  5. Merkel faces pre-election balancing act on Syria
  6. UK drafts Syria UN resolution
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  8. Russia says too early for UN resolution on Syria attack – Al Jazeera Blogs
  9. Assad says Syria will defend itself against aggression
  10. As U.S., allies weigh strike on Syria, nervous Israelis rush for gas masks
  11. Israel braces for worst with Syria as army calls up reserves, nervous citizens line up to receive free gas masks
  12. Long lines in Israel: Syria tensions spur rush for gas masks (+video)
  13. As Syria strike looms, Israeli gas mask centers get extended opening hours
  14. LIVE: Syria crisis: Latest updates
  15. France backs US on Syria action
  16. France’s François Hollande says Syrian’s alleged chemical attack cannot go unpunished
  17. France could act on Syria without Britain, says François Hollande
  18. France backs US on Syria action
  19. The White House
  20. Map put out by White House with the newly declassified information about Syria and chemical weapons – click to see full map – Gretawire
  21. U.N. inspectors start leaving Syria; Obama meets with security team
  22. Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule
  23. US claim on Syria ‘nonsense’ – Putin
  24. Obama says U.S. will take military action against Syria, pending Congress’s approval
  25. LIVE UPDATES: U.S. Prepares for Action in Syria | TIME.com
  26. Obama to seek Congress vote on Syria
  27. Syria asks the United Nations to stop U.S. strike
  28. U.N.’s Ban casts doubt on legality of U.S. plans to punish Syria
  29. UN Chief: U.S. Strike In Syria Could Unleash More Turmoil


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| Israel wags the dog since United Nations Security Council Resolution 69!

United Nations Security Council Resolution 69: ~ Wikisource.


Adopted by the Security Council at its 414th meeting, by 9 votes to 1 (Egypt), with 1 abstention (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) on 4 March 1949 

The Security Council, 
Having received and considered the applications of Israel for membership in the United Nations, [1] 
1. Decides in its judgement that Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter, and accordingly, 
2. Recommends to the General Assembly that it admit Israel to membership in the United Nations. 

[1] See Official Records of the Security Council, Third Year, Supplement for December 1948, document S/1093; and ibid., Fourth Year, Supplement for March 1949, document S/1267.

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