Lebanon? Darfur? Congo?
All of the above. And one more:
The unofficial death toll in Syria passed 100,000 on Wednesday, and Bashar al-Assad’s forces built on recent military gains by retaking a strategic town along the Lebanese border. President Obama’s new national security adviser also disclosed how angry she is about it all, but that’s going to be cold comfort to the Syrian opposition.
Before starting her new job at the White House next week, Susan Rice bid farewell as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday by denouncing the failure “to act decisively” on Syria while thousands are killed and millions displaced. “Inaction on Syria is a moral and strategic disgrace that history will judge harshly,” she lectured Turtle Bay.
Mind you, Ms. Rice wasn’t talking about the failure of the world’s sole superpower to lead on Syria. She pinned the blame instead on the U.N. Security Council. Its inability to come together on Syria “is a stain on this body and something that I will forever regret, even though I don’t believe that outcome is a product of the action of the United States or its closest partners,” she said.
When asked by the press if the failure of efforts to end the war will prompt her to “do something to reverse this when you are at the NSC,” Ms. Rice shot back, “this [failure] is not part of my legacy or the U.S. legacy.” She went on to bemoan the three Russian and Chinese vetoes of “very mild resolutions” at the Security Council.
But what did she expect? That’s how “collective security” via the U.N. works. If someone in the Security Council objects, nothing happens. That’s why U.S. Presidents have built coalitions outside the U.N. when they want to act. But Moscow’s nyets were enough for the Obama Administration to do nothing for two years while Russia and Iran armed Assad.
We’ve presented enough evidence over the years that just about everything the UN does (or doesn’t do) is “a moral and strategic disgrace”. But I have little faith that history will judge it harshly. They say journalism is the first draft of history, and journalism has been thoroughly discredited. History, which is written by historians, after all—academics, overwhelmingly liberal, if not Marxist—will lie, obfuscate, and “contextualize” to protect Obama and blame Israel. If history is any guide…