U.S. wants Russian help on Syria
December 13th, 2011
07:10 PM ET

U.S. wants Russian help on Syria

By Charley Keyes

Amid continued expressions of outrage Tuesday over violence in Syria, the U.S. State Department singled out Russia for blocking a United Nations response.

"We are again calling on our partners on the Security Council to be willing to take action and speak out for the innocents in Syria who are suffering at the hands of the regime, including Russia," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at her afternoon briefing. "And frankly, we think it is past time for the U.N. Security Council to speak up."

Nuland said a chorus of countries, including the United States, is calling on Russia and other countries on the Security Council to respond. Russia, a long-time ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was one of four Security Council countries voting against a resolution condemning Syria.

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights reported this week that 5,000 people have died in the Syrian upheaval.

"Five-thousand innocent civilians now dead in Syria - it is absolutely chilling some of the things the U.N. has found, particularly with regard to the viciousness of the regime," Nuland said. "We put responsibility for the violence squarely at the door of the regime."

And Nuland said it is important to note that the vast majority of anti-regime protests in Syria have been peaceful.

"From our perspective we have supported peaceful protests. We will continue to do so," she said. "We know where the violence is coming from. The violence is coming from the Assad regime, his brutality."

Nuland warned against any shift to armed response by regime opponents.

"The view of the vast majority of Syrians, and particularly those in opposition, a view that we share, is that further militarizing the situation in Syria is not in the interests of anyone and could threaten to rip the fiber of the country apart," Nuland said. "This is exactly what the regime wants. The regime wants an armed conflict because that is what they understand."

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    I hope the US keeps up its humanitarian concerns around the world and brings peace to Darfur, The Congo, Sri Lanka just like it has to Libya and Iraq. Oh don't forget Afghanistan the cradle of democracy. If you haven't figured it out by now, then let me explain- everything you meddle in turns to a dung heap. Raytheon and company thank you.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
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      You are a terrorist motherfucker !!!!!!!

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    • Kevin

      Ignorance. Complete ignorance. The ONLY thing the US did in the Congo was set up 1 single MASH-style hospital in Brazzaville to treat wounded civilians from the coup in Zaire. Which meddling are you referring to? Darfur?? The US turned a blind eye to this demanding the regional Arab league to take action and demanding the UN to take action. The US didn't DO anything in Darfur. What meddling are you referring to? Sri Lanka? You gotta be kidding me. The US barely even noticed this overthrow until it was almost over, and then it was only to complain about the massive amounts of casualties inflicted on the civilian population. Ronnie, you lack credibility due to your lack of awareness to the facts and the truth. Try using more than one source of news so that you ensure a little truth rather than pure propaganda from YOUR news source. It is also helpful to NOT assume the US is the evil of all things.

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      • john

        Incorrect. US has had CIA on the ground ion Darfur for years.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Awabnavi

      Sorry there's no OIL (like in Iraq/Libya) in those places or MINERALS (like in Afghanistan). Where there is WEALTH to be gained there you will find IMPERIALIST VULTURES.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply
      • Kevin

        Awabnavi you clearly are poorly informed. Afghanistan didnt even find the bulk of the minerals you speak of until years after the US began their military operation there, Libyan oil is a tiny percent of what the US needs so that isnt really a motivation(they've wanted to take out Ghaddafi for years because of his terrorist agenda, specifically the Lockerbie bombing, and thats why we jumped at the chance to intervene), and US firms have received exactly zero oil contracts in Iraq yet we maintain support there. So those have been some real lucrative money makers for the US so far, great point.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • sjdsh

      Thank you,Ronnie,if only other Americans would Grow a Brain,before it's too late.Listen up Warmongerers:Not In My Name!!

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