As expected Russia used its option of veto for the UN vote on a Syrian resolution. They were joined by China.. As today the people in the city of Homs were bombarded yet again, a crisis point is rapidly being reached.
The remaining 13 member countries all voted in favour of the resolution. Those in favour maintain that the resolution was carefully worded in order to calm any fears that China and Russia may hold. It was not enough. Once again Russia and China exercised their right to veto. For those two countries it is doubtful that any resolution on Syria would have met with their approval. The US ambassador to the UK stated that the countries who vetoed the resolution would have blood, "on the hands" should the current state of affairs on Syria continue.
For Russia and China the resolution did not meet with their requirements, in that it was aimed at President Assad and not those opposing him. The Russian representative said, "If our colleagues adopt a constructive position we will obtain a collective position of the Security Council to which all countries will sign up without exception". Sergei Lavrov had previously warned, "Unless you do it both ways, you are taking sides in a civil war." Yes, as in Libya I guess. Will the end justify the means?
The resolution was based on the Arab League monitors proposals that, President Assad stand down. Even before the vote was underway US secretary of state Hilary Clinton ruled out any military intervention in Syria.
As news of increasing violence in Syria continues to break Syrian embassies in other countries have been under attack. In London it took police some time to restore order. Overnight in London six people were arrested as missiles and more were thrown at the Syrian embassy. The charges include breaking and entering and assault. An angry mob protested outside. It took a huge increase in police numbers to finally restore order.
In Cairo, Egypt the Syrian embassy was also attacked. Similar scenes occurred in Kuwait were the Syrian opposition flag was raised at the Syrian embassy. Further protests about the Syrian violence were held outside embassies in Germany, Spain, Sweden and the US. Syrian embassy buildings in many countries have been severely damaged. Meanwhile Tunisia has expelled the Syrian ambassador from its country.
The latest figures claim that in the last year around 5,500 people have died on the streets of Syria. RIP