An Honest Veto

I meant to publish this a few days ago, but somehow I didn’t notice that it had gotten stuck in draft mode.

As I mentioned last month, the US proposed a resolution in the UN Security Council criticising the human rights situation in Burma. Whilst I questioned some of the moral high ground in proposing the resolution, the view expressed in it should be irrefutable.

Unless, of course, you are China or Russia. In a double veto, something not seen in the Security Council since 1972, both countries blocked the resolution. But then if you are an arms supplier to the Burma junta, perhaps the veto is an avoidance of hypocrisy. Someone is finally standing up and saying, “Hey, we like human rights abuses. We may not have invented them, but by golly, we’ve come close to perfecting them.”

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