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Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 22, 2012 in News & Opinion |

Just out of pure interest, perhaps a little bit of mischief too, I’d like to pose a simple question to all the international politicians and members of the United Nations.

Did you really, honestly, expect Syria to comply with any form of peace treaty, ceasefire or anything similar?

How can anyone trust a government, on any level, to keep its word when they are involved in killing their own people?

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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  • Daniel says:

    Well, I’m neither an international politician nor a member of the United Nations, but I’ll comment anyway.

    Virtually none of these politicians, and virtually none of the high-ranking officials of members of the ill-named United Nations (which is a congress of states, rather than of nations) harbor any illusions about the Syrian state. Their actions are mostly what is called theatre.

    Ultimately, states derive a fair share of their power from the illusion of legitimacy, and theatre is necessary to foster that illusion. Moral posturing is part of that theatre.

    Some of these politicians and officials are trying to be as well placed as possible in the face of one or more possible outcomes. They don’t want to be on the wrong side of their people if the Syrians are crushed by their state, nor if an international force invades; they don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Syrians if they over-throw their state; they want to be able to tell Assad Hey, of course we didn’t really mean it, we just had to deal with domestic politics! if he rides this out.

    Others of these politicians are trying to lay the ground-work for an international invasion, given the political realities that have developed over the last decade or so.

    Our own state is involved in killing its own people (and of course the people of other nations). It doesn’t do it on the relative scale of the Syrian state, but that’s not because our officials are much better people; it’s because they face different social constraints, and because our state is not under the same sort of immediate threat as is the Syrian state.

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