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Published On: Sun, Oct 6th, 2013

New Push for Syria Intervention under Responsibility to Protect

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Following the adoption of the strongly criticized UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013) on Syria´s chemical weapons, the UN Security Council has now begun focusing on the humanitarian crisis. A presidential statement of the Security Council addresses the humanitarian situation but indicates that core NATO and permanent SC members reintroduce elements from a previously rejected draft resolution which implies renewed calls for the establishment of humanitarian corridors, using the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as leverage.

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – The number of Syrian refugees who have sought help outside the beleaguered country has grown beyond 2.1 million. The United Nations assessed, that the number of internally displaced Syrians exceeds 4.25 million. The use of the term “Internally Displaced” is problematic because it could provide leverage to calls for intervention under the R2P principle. 

Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas. I was approached at a party in Britain, two years before the Arab Spring, and asked if I wanted to take part in toppling the Syrian government with the help of rebels". Photo, courtesy of SANA

Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas. Photo, courtesy of SANA

Biased Focus on Internally Displaced. Reports about the high prevalence of semi-forced recruitment of male refugees, recruitment and military training of children and the use of child soldiers by terrorist organizations,  the high prevalence of rape and sexual abuse of female refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, have prompted a large number of externally displaced to return to Syria. Core NATO / Security Council members however, focus predominantly on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the internally displaced.

Bias towards humanitarian problems in Syria suggests that the refugee crisis is being politicized by the very nations who, as even the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas admitted, have planned the subversion of Syria with the help of “rebels”, years before the onset of the first violence in the country.


The geographic distribution of NGO offices in Syria suggests bias towards the foreign-backed opposition.  Click on image to view full size. ReliefWeb

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria is Real and Acute. Even though the situation of the internally displaced is being politicized, there is a very real and acute humanitarian crisis in Syria.  According to a U.N. Report from 15 July 2013, one third of the homes, more than half of Syria´s hospitals and more than 20 percent of the country´s schools have either been damaged or destroyed.

The Syrian government is making a Herculean effort to cope with the situation, but the situation is not likely to stabilize as long as core NATO / GCC member states and Libya support of the insurgency with weapons, funds, fighters and political cover. Besides the Syrian government coping with the humanitarian situation, there is an ongoing international humanitarian effort.

According to a press statement by U.N. Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos, from 6 September 2013, the U.N. has 4.500 people working in both government and opposition controlled areas in Syria.

SAA cleans out Deir Ez-Zor

SAA cleans out Deir Ez-Zor

According to Relief Web, there is an additional 600 staff from 12 NGOs working in Syria. The geological distribution of these NGOs offices in Syria suggests that their effort is biased in favor of the foreign backed opposition and opposition held areas.

The War of Words.  The core NATO members’ arguments for using the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Syria are, among others based on assessments of the risk, which humanitarian workers take in order to aid the Syrian population.

The United Nations OCHA reports in its Humanitarian Bulletin – Syria, issue 33, that at least 11 U.N. Staff and 22 Syrian Red Crescent volunteers have been killed during the conflict. U.N. Agencies and other NGOs operating in Syria have complained that the fighting, to some extend, limits their ability to operate. Again, the numbers seem to be politicized because they don´t address whether it was the government or opposition forces who were responsible for the death. The use of such numbers without detailed background information is problematic, to say the least.

U.N. Agencies operating in Syria and other NGOs disagree with the Syrian government about the status of the internally displaced. The designation “internally displaced” implies certain privileges and obligations for Syria, for the U.N. as well as for U.N. Security Council members. The most dangerous aspect of this designation is that it could be used to justify a military intervention, calls for a no-fly zone or humanitarian corridors based on the R2P principle.

The Syrian government is acutely aware of the legal implications of the use of the designation “Internally Displaced”. The Syrian government therefore argues that there are no internally displaced in Syria, but rather that there were persons suffering from a series of terrorist attacks undertaken by armed outlaws. These outlaws, so the Syrian government, have impeded the delivery of a wide range of supplies, including medical aid, for fears that it could be used to support the rebels.

Doctors without Borders functioning as de facto NATO medical batallion

Doctors without Borders functioning as de facto NATO medical battalion

“Opposition” Support under the Guise of Humanitarian Aid. The Positioning Game. The Syrian government is being criticized for not allowing NGOs cross-border operations from neighboring countries. The Syrian government points towards the risk that such cross-border deliveries without the government’s consent, could fall into the hands of armed terrorists.

Western mainstream media like Sky News spin the Syrian government´s caution, blaming the Syrian government for restricting Visas for U.N. aid workers. The Syrian government´s caution is well funded.

Syria is a sovereign nation. Its government has not only the right, but the obligation to regulate the flow of goods and people across its borders. Another good reason for caution is that a report by Anthony Cartalucci, from August 2013, revealed that Doctors Without Borders functions as core NATO member´s medical battalion for the insurgents.

GOLANA UNDOF officer, stationed in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Highs reported in June 2013, that Israel maintains a joint Israeli – Opposition operations room in the Golan. The operations room is not only used for organizing the transportation of injured opposition fighters to Israeli hospitals. It is also used for organizing weapons deliveries. Moreover, the UNDOF officer stated, Israeli troops are actively involved in military operations against Syrian military positions.

In February 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is being funded by billionaire globalist George Soros, and which is being widely criticized for its repeated calls for military aggression by core NATO members complained about the Syrian government´s caution with regards to Syrian sovereignty over its borders.

George Soros, funding HRW and the UN Framework Team

George Soros, funding HRW and the UN Framework Team

HRW wrote that Syria should urgently agree that humanitarian aid may be brought into the country across all of its borders, including from Turkey. What HRW failed to mention while it is positioning the Syrian government as inhumane, is that Turkey, since 2011, has been the primary transit country for weapons as well as insurgents. This included the smuggling of the internationally banned nerve agent Sarin and other chemicals which have been used for chemical weapons production by the foreign-backed insurgents. It also includes the trafficking of Tunisian girls for sexual slavery among terrorists.

U.N. Security Council Session on 3 October 2013 – Presidential Statement indicates Introduction of Responsibility to Protect in Syria War. On Thursday 3 October the U.N. Security Council issued a Presidential Statement, drafted by Australia and Luxembourg. Although a presidential statement is non-binding and does not have the same legal force as a Security Council resolution would have, it does reflect the will of the Security Council.

The statement notes the council´s grave concern that several million Syrians need immediate humanitarian assistance, and that without urgent increased humanitarian action, their lives will be at risk. While it is correct that there exists a need for genuine humanitarian aid, the statement is inherently dangerous because in it, the Security Council, for the first time, notes the scale of the “internally displaced population”.

Members of the UN Security Council raise their hands as they vote to approve a resolution, which condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calls for their destruction, on September 27, 2013.

The statement notes that the Security Council is appalled at the level of violence and condemns the widespread violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Syrian government. The statement also mentions the impact of terrorist organizations, specifically Al-Qaeda, but fails to address the fact that Syria´s neighbors and other U.N. Members, first and foremost core NATO members U.S.A., U.K., France and Turkey massively support these terrorists.

Contrary to addressing these countries involvement in causing the displacement and humanitarian crisis, the presidential statement specifically praises Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey for their efforts for the externally displaced Syrians.

The statement calls on the Syrian government to remove bureaucratic obstacles and to facilitate the expansion of international assistance and access, including across borders. The U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos stated in a press statement from 3 October 2013 that:

… If the commitments and practical steps in this statement are implemented humanitarian workers will be able [to] reach over two million people who have been unreachable for many months.

Ultimately, the presidential statement introduces the Responsibility to Protect by stressing that Syria has the obligation to protect its population. This is the first time since 2011, that the R2P principle has been officially introduced in the Syria situation. The context within the statement has been adopted and the statement itself together, also imply that the legitimate protection of Syria´s borders by the Syrian government will be interpreted as the government’s failure to protect the Syrian people.

The R2P principle allows for international action, including military action, if a nation´s government fails to protect its population. Citing the R2P with respect to Syria at the Security Council is ushering in a new phase of core NATO member´s diplomatic war and push for a military aggression against Syria.

The presidential statement requires the cooperation of all parties to the civil war, and already the Syrian government is coming under fire from Reuters, because the government stated that it would study the statement before responding. Moreover, Gary Quinlan, the Australian U-N. Ambassador stated, that there is a need for speed and that a resolution would take time to negotiate.

More UN-Documented Claims to launch Another Push for Military Aggression. Dr. Abbas Foroutan, who is considered the world leading expert on analyzing chemical weapons use, sharply criticized the recent U.N. report on chemical weapons use in East Ghouta on 21 August. Dr. Foroutan stressed the lack of transparency and documentation and severe methodological mistakes with the investigators work.

The presidential statement and the U.N. Report have several things in common. One of the most important commonalities is the implied presumption of guilt. So far, the alleged human rights abuses by the Syrian government are based on questionable U.N. Data, on information from organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights and other organizations.

With regards to the United Nations involvement it is especially noteworthy that the George Soros funded U.N. Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action (FT) coordinates the assessment of humanitarian needs in Syria. The role of the Soros – funded FT in subversions, from Yugoslavia to Nepal and have been addressed in an article by Black, Fetzer, Mezyaev and Lehmann and its involvement in Syria should raise red flags.

The Introduction of the Responsibility to Protect in the Syria situation, the presumption of the guilt of the the Syrian government, the omission of the abuse of human rights and aid work to support a foreign backed insurgency, including Doctors Without Borders functioning as de facto NATO medical batallion, the omission of the involvement of Syria´s neighbors in state-sponsored terrorism, and the push for a Security Council resolution that would authorize military strikes against Syria if Syria fails to protect its population from the onslaught of core NATO member´s mercenaries indicates that these core NATO members will not relent. The diplomatic war for justifying a military aggression has entered a new phase.

Related articles:

A Critical Review of Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013) on Syria

UN Report on Syria ambiguous and dangerous

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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