After all, that is the only way to interpret this veto of a resolution on human rights in Burma, which for decades has been among the most serious violators of human rights in the world.
China and Russia on Friday jointly vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution criticizing Burma's human rights record, striking a blow to the Bush administration's year-long campaign to use the U.N. Security Council to spotlight the repressive rule of Burma's military junta.
Friday's vote was part of a broader diplomatic effort by Beijing and Moscow to prevent the United States and its Western allies from using the 15-nation council to censure some of the countries particularly known for rights abuses, including governments in Belarus, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
They were joined by one of the council's most influential Third World countries, South Africa. It also opposed the U.S. resolution on the grounds that the Security Council has no mandate to scold or sanction Burma, also known as Myanmar, for abuses on its own soil.
"We believe that the situation in this country does not pose any threat to international or regional peace; this opinion is shared by a large number of states, including most importantly those neighboring Myanmar," Russia's ambassador, Vitaly I. Churkin, told the council. "We find that attempts aimed at using the Security Council to discuss issues outside its purview are unacceptable."
Is it time for us to abandon this corrupt organization, a haven for dictators and murderers, to the dustbin of history? Is it time to start an international organization – composed only of democracies that guarantee human rights – to serve as a moral beacon to the world?
And is it time to expel the UN from American soil and to demolish the building at Turtle Bay?
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