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Instilling 'musyawarah' in UN Security Council

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 18, 2018   /  09:22 am
Instilling 'musyawarah' in UN Security Council Syrians wave the national flag and wave portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather at the Umayyad Square in Damascus on April 14, 2018, to condemn the strikes carried out by the United States, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. (AFP/Stringer)

On April 13, the United States, France and the United Kingdom launched a coordinated air strike targeting the sites of suspected Syrian chemical facilities. The western allies finally took the matter into their own hands after a series of deadlocks at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which sought a resolution to address the Syrian government’s alleged chemical attack on April 4.

The UNSC’s failure to reach consensus is telling for many reasons. First, it failed in a situation that purportedly threatened world peace and security. Second, it failed to allow a credible investigation to be carried out in order to clarify whether chemical weapons were really used. Third, it failed to authorize the use of all necessary means to redress the alleged use of chemical weapons in the war in Syria.

The air strike certainly raised some critical issu...

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