License to Kill in Syria – Should Russia ‘Pay a Price’ for Supporting Syria?

Posted: July 15, 2012 in License to kill in Syria

First of all, it’s worth noting that the “Friends of the Syrian People” is an organization replete with some of the world’s most egregious human rights offenders. Its membership includes countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain countries, which recently teemed up to violently suppress a pro-democracy uprising by Bahrain’s Shiite majority, and countries like  Quatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait which according to internationally accepted democracy indices are significantly more authoritarian than Russia (indeed are some of the most repressive political systems in the world). Is it any wonder the Russians cannot take such an organization seriously as a vehicle for it stated purpose of spreading democracy to Syria? I would humbly suggest that any organization which, like the Friends of the Syrian People, is actively supported and funded by an absolute dictatorship like Saudi Arabia* cannot possibly be a serious vehicle for democratization and that its goal is pretty clearly not pro-democracy but anti-Iranian in character.


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