The civil war in Syria stems from a government that failed to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Abuses now include torture, use of chemical weapons against civilians, and shelling and bombing with intent to kill civilians.
It is far more complex to be sure, but the Syrian government has already demonstrated its guilt and should be in the prosecution stage. Instead, it continues to prosecute war against Syrian citizens and rebels who want an end to this regime.
Can the rebel forces promise something better? That is an essential question.
For the sake of argument, that is what Russia and China are asking. They have similar potential problems inside their nations where minority populations want the freedom to believe and live as they wish.
However, the foundation for those beliefs are often rooted in religious ideas that are counter to human rights. In that way, they introduce their own version of bad and unacceptable.
The free world watches and evaluates to see what emerges, hopefully something better and acceptable. The marginal world watches to see if the government can control the population by whatever means to produce sufficient economic stability for arms for petroleum trade. For marginal Russia and China, the bar for human rights is compromised.
“Syrian opposition leader says torture photos reminiscent of Nazis
MONTREUX, Switzerland — Reuters
Published Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014, 5:06 AM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014, 5:11 AM EST
Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said on Wednesday that published photos of torture of detainees allegedly committed by Syrian government forces are similar to crimes by Nazis during World War Two.
Jarba, in a speech to an international conference kicking off Syria peace talks, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for crimes against humanity in the war-torn country.
Syrian officials could face war crimes charges after a military police photographer defected and provided evidence showing the systematic killing of 11,000 detainees, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday, citing three lawyers who had examined the files.