Following the veto by Russia and China Thursday, obstructing the British resolution that tried to use the United Nations to legitimize a full-fledged military intervention to dislodge the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Western "leaders" unleashed a barrage of attacks against the vetoing powers.
On July 20, U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague told BBC Radio that "We will all be doing more outside the Security Council and intensify our work to support the Syrian opposition, to give humanitarian aid outside the work of the Security Council. There are several things we can do: first of all to give more practical support to the Syrian opposition. We do not give lethal support."
In a hard-hitting interview with the Russia Today Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin pointed out in essence the lies and perfidy in what Hague told BBC Radio: "Unfortunately, the strategy of our Western colleagues seems to be to try to whip up tensions in and around Syria at every opportunity," he said. "And this time they took the occasion of the need to extend the mandate of the monitoring mission in Syria and attached a number of unacceptable clauses to their draft resolution.... Unfortunately, they have not done anything at all in order to set and train a productive and positive process in Syria. Instead, they have been working with the so-called Friends of Syria. In fact, this is a group of countries who are enemies of the Syrian government; I would not call them the enemies of the Syrian people, but certainly those who want to topple the Syrian government, disregarding the consequences which are extremely tragic."
Ridiculing the pretentious rhetoric of the Western leaders, Churkin said: "You know, humanitarian intervention unfortunately only sounds humane, but the fact of the matter is that any military intervention, for whatever reason, is inevitably going to cause more bloodshed. And we know those greatest humanists in the world—U.S. and U.K.—intervened in Iraq, for instance, citing all sorts of noble pretexts, in that particular case non-existent weapons of mass destruction. What it caused—150,000 civilian deaths alone, to say nothing about millions of refugees, displaced persons, and the whole dislocation in the country. So, don't be duped by humanitarian rhetoric."