Russia and the Assad regime seem to think basic war etiquette doesn’t apply to them.
Recently, both have been under fire for not declaring their chemical weapon stockpiles, and preventing inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to conduct audits.
Syria denies the use of chemical weapons and insists it has handed over its weapons stockpiles under a 2013 agreement with the US and Russia, prompted by a suspected sarin gas attack that killed 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.
Moscow had asked OPCW inspectors to come to Russia to investigate, but Arias said the visit had not taken place due to conditions set by the Russian authorities that were stricter than those imposed by other countries.
While the Syrian regime and Moscow seem to feign innocence, according to the Arms Control Association (ACA), an investigation has shown that the Syrian regime actually has used chemical weapons that may have been provided by Russia. Its important to note that these weapons are used against the civilians of Syria (who are mostly Sunnis).
An investigation into 77 allegations of chemical weapons use by Syria has concluded that chemical weapons were likely or definitely used in 17 cases, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported to the UN Security Council on June 3.
Because of these findings, the OPCW has revoked Syria’s voting rights until they fully declare their chemical weapons and the facilities that manufacture them.
But revoking Assad’s voting rights doesn’t mean much when gangster states like Russia and China seem to advocate for Assad’s atrocities and null any reprisals from the international community.
Russia has consistently defended Syria and criticized the OPCW and its investigators.
Russia joined 14 other states, including China, in voting against the measure to restrict Syria’s rights within the multilateral organization.
You wouldn’t expect any less from Russia and China. These dystopian hellscapes subscribe to the “win by any means” philosophy. They don’t even believe in the concept of Western “human rights” let alone Islamic values of rules of engagement in war. So, to them, gassing children is fair play.
Just look at Assad’s best friend, Vladimir Putin, and you’ll understand why the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Putin, himself, was well-versed in committing war crimes against Muslims during the second Chechen war.
According to Dr. Pavel Felgenhauer, an expert on Russian defense policies, horrific war crimes such as systematic killings of Chechen towns were deemed as governmental policy. These policies were so broad that everything and everyone were “fair game.”
…Russian military policy in Chechnya is: Any town or village that provides help, food or shelter to rebels will be razed to the ground by heavy artillery and air attacks.
The use of such mass-destruction weapons as aerosol (fuel) explosives and ballistic missiles against civilian targets was authorized by the Kremlin and this implicates Putin, as well as his top military chiefs in war crimes.
It’s important to note that most of the state-sanctioned war crimes committed during the second Chechen War were done on Muslim civilians. So much so that a case brought to the International Court of Justice charged Putin and the Russian government of “the intent to destroy in substantial part the national, ethnical, racial, and religious group known as the Chechen People.”
Considering the accolades of their leaders, are these the countries we expect any sort of civility from? The world deserves better than to be subjected to imperialism and regimes that bombard entire cities indiscriminately without batting an eye.
Muslims are the only ones that can set a gold moral standard and save the Dunya from these war criminals whose crosshairs don’t differentiate man from child. May Allah grant paradise for all the Muslims that have died under these tyrannical regimes and may Allah help the Ummah in freeing those still oppressed. Ameen.