Here’s where it gets you:
Russia on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down hours after a reported government massacre in Homs emboldened Western powers to push for a vote despite Moscow’s objections.
China joined Russia in voting against the resolution, as both countries did with a weaker resolution condemning violence in Syria in October.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that pressing ahead with a vote on Saturday would be “a scandal.” Instead Moscow proposed a slew of new amendments to the resolution.
Among them was a call for peaceful demonstrators to disassociate from “armed groups.” The changes also stripped details of human-rights violations by the government, such as torture, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of children.
It sure would be easier for Bashar al-Assad’s goons to machine gun peaceful protestors if they aren’t around those who could shoot back.
The PRC and Russian regimes have proven themselves friends to tyrants and enemies of the people.
It’s a pretty small club.