05:16 GMT +328 September 2016
The US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

US Ambassador to UN Hints at Removal of Russia From Security Council Over Syria

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The US Ambassador to the United Nations claims that Russia is responsible for the horrors that have descended upon Syria, but remained silent about the 1.5 million civilians whose water was shut off by US-backed rebels.

The United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power blamed Russia for the surge in violence in Syria after the ceasefire agreement collapsed last week following a US-led airstrike in Deir Ez-Zor that killed 62 Syrian Army soldiers and left scores injured causing fighting to intensify to a breaking point.

Russia points to the over 300 ceasefire violations by US-backed Syrian rebels in the first days of the ceasefire and the refusal of the so-called ‘moderates’ to adhere to the conditions of the agreement forged by Russia and the United States which called for the rebels to disassociate with the terror group Al-Nusra Front, Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate until a recent rebrand.

The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the US, Britain and France to discuss the deteriorating situation in the city of Aleppo as the Assad government escalated airstrikes in an effort to tighten the siege and break a longstanding stalemate with the opposition rebels.

On Thursday, the rebels allege that the Syrian Army Air Force struck a facility compromising the water supply for some 250,000 residents of rebel-held East Aleppo.

In an unprecedented act of terroristic reprisal the rebels shut off the water supply for 1.5 million residents in government controlled West Aleppo causing an almost unheard of humanitarian toll with UNICEF raising the alarm of an imminent danger of mass childhood fatalities if desperate families are forced to drink contaminated water.

Despite the nuance of the situation, Samantha Power barreled in with accusations against Moscow saying, "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism."

"Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive," exclaimed Power.

"It is time to say who is carrying out those airstrikes and who is killing civilians," Power said. "Russia holds a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. This is a privilege and it is a responsibility. Yet in Syria and in Aleppo, Russia is abusing this historic privilege."

Britain’s UN ambassador Matthew Rycroft joined in the chorus saying that Russia would be excluded from the process of bring peace to Syria based on the recent intensification of fighting.

The Russian bid to bring peace to Syria "is very, very near the end of its life and yes the Security Council needs to be ready to fulfill our responsibilities," said Rycroft. "The regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo. Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes."

On the ground realities tell a more complex story with the Western coalition aligned with rebel groups who have joined forces with an al-Qaeda affiliate under the umbrella group "The Army of Conquest" who shut off all water to over 1.5 million civilians in what may be the single greatest terror act in human history while the Assad government has engaged in shocking bombing raids in its own right.

Russia’s Vitaly Churkin explained that peace after the collapse of the ceasefire is nearly "impossible."

"In Syria hundreds of armed groups are being armed, the territory of the country is being bombed indiscriminately and bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now because of this," said Churkin.

The UN Syrian mediator Staffan de Mistura attempted to rally calls for peace among the despair appealing for the UN Security Council to come up with a way to enforce a ceasefire in Syria.

"I am still convinced that we can turn the course of events. We have proven this more than once before," he said adding that he would never quit working to bring peace to Syria.

"Any sign of me resigning would be a signal that the international community is abandoning the Syrians, and we will not abandon the Syrians, and neither will you."

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  • silkwillie
    The U.S. and Britain should be kicked off the security council for all their lying and murdering! What a bunch of demonic lying murdering hypocrites the U.S. and the British are
  • Korz53
    Samantha Power is insane; Delusional.
  • C Han
    I do not believe the UN has any meaning anymore since the last time the US were deaf to the UN resolution - just like for the "Sociteté des Nations" previously.

    The UN has become a tool manipulated by some for the interest of few. Sad indeed and future government will describe this era as a dark one.
  • simonfilimonin reply torodneswicksculptor(Show commentHide comment)
    rodneswicksculptor, and you think things will be much better under Trump if he wins? This dude just shook hands with the devil of Israel over the weekend, promising that he will declare all of Jerusalem to Israel. You know what this will require from people like you and me? More blood money to Israel, more wars, more US policing the world---something Trump promised his political camp will not do anymore, more refugees, more murder, more of stealing Palestinian land, more tragedy and misery, etc....

    It didn't take him months to change his mind either to police the world in supporting and apartheid state like Israel, it only took him 90 minutes.
  • truepuffer
    Does anybody believe Americans anymore?
  • michael
    unfortunate image - the long hair, the hand in a claw like position, the eyes empty...gives hags a bad name. :)
  • Abe Benj
    Very good idea, but how it is possible? Look like they have not read the UNSC law and roles at all.
  • anne00marie
    When Obama goes, does his motley crew of rejects go with him?
  • anne00mariein reply tojerrys57(Show commentHide comment)
    jerrys57, I think she is Irish. So I have no idea why she is the US representative, besides being a buddy and 'yes disciple' fo Obama.
  • anne00mariein reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa.zardini, There is an article that states she died on 11 September. Check out head, ear lobes, moles and weight, when looking at images of Hilary, just in case it is true and there are body doubles here, there and everywhere.

    Tonights debate should be interesting. I wonder why team Hilary have ordered the presenter to make sure that they go full forensic on Trump and give her a wide berth? No doubt that will happen.
  • anne00mariein reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa.zardini, Must be the medication. Paul Ryan, has a similar look, together with most of the neocon supporters.
  • enrique_costas
    And silent about those who are dying in Iraq...
  • gpc
    Who gives Samantha Power or the US the right to remove Russia from the UN Security Council? "Over my dead body" is Russia's response. If the US dare to do it Russia will not hesitate to launch a surprise nuclear strike on the US continental.
  • maxxusin reply toKorz53(Show commentHide comment)
    Korz53, yes, but it's actually much worse than that. The US government along with Israel and NATO are insane and delusional. She's a mere talking head.
  • maxxusin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, look at her grayish skin tones and the looseness of her skin. It's called old maid's disease. Cass, you ain't doing your job!

    Of course this pales in comparison to the evil in her soul.
  • hp
    Cass Sunstein's wife..
    Nuff said..
  • Selimor31
    US lady politicians are a shrewish lot. Unwomanly and soulless to the core. The exact opposite of Russian beauties. Ethically and aesthetically, there's no comparing. Feminitywise, nothing beats le charme slave.
  • Selimor31
    Once upon a time, the Germans had to leave the Société des Nations. The results were disastrous. Those who are attempting to push Russia to the brink are playing with fire.
  • michaelin reply tomaxxus(Show commentHide comment)
    maxxus, yes, it always shows eventually, no matter what warpaint is put on or which surgeon is used. :)
  • raptorabz
    Samantha cunt powers must be a dumb arse to throw Russia out of the security council, you might as well completely dissolve the organisation .
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