Monday, October 31, 2005

So Familiar ...

So permanent members of the UNSC have blocked a toughly worded resolution against a Baathist thug which specified consequences and passed a resolution with no consequences for failure to comply spelled out:

The three co-sponsors [America, France, and Britian] agreed to drop a direct threat of sanctions against Syria in order to get support from Russia and China, which opposed sanctions while the investigation is still under way. Nonetheless, the resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, which is militarily enforceable.

Come on memory, what happened the last time the UN passed a resolution without consequences spelled out when some UNSC members objected?

Oh yeah, I remember now.

The Boy Assad will not draw comfort from this victory for vagueness.

And I know that critics of the Iraq War like to claim this campaign simply makes us unable to fight anywhere else (Hah! As if they'd use our military against anything but hurricanes!), but I assure you our enemies don't think we are hobbled. And our precision attack and recon ability has gone way up in three years. Boy Assad isn't sleeping on the top floor, I'd say.

For the record, I don't think we are planning a military campaign against Syria to topple the regime. Nor do I think it is necessary. Assad has a fundamentally weak regime and we only need to hobble them to achieve much--and possibly put them on the road to internal adjustments.