November 5, 2005


Syria and the UN: Another polarizing double standard (Salim Lone, NOVEMBER 4, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

The beginning of the drive to justify the use of force or other serious action against Syria for its possible involvement in Rafik Hariri's killing is reminiscent of the run-up to the 2003 U.S.-led war against Iraq. As it was then, the United Nations Security Council is the instrument for escalating the tensions, with its unanimously passed resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with the UN investigator Detlev Mehlis by arresting those he suspects of complicity in Hariri's death and that interrogations be conducted outside Syria.

If the Iraq experience is a guide, the demands will multiply regardless of the level of cooperation Syria offers, with the United States still free to resort to war if it chooses. With or without war, the resolution will intensify charges of UN double standards and further polarize Muslim-Western relations.

Yes, there's one standard for liberal democracies and quite another for dictatorships.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2005 6:38 AM
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