The United Nations saw a bitter fight between security council member states on Tuesday. Following the chemical attacks in Syria, Washington and allied nations have been deliberating over what actions to take.
Unites States Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, ferociously battled her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia. Multiple alliances and organizations have come forward with proposals to create an independent body to deal with the attack, but the council is deadlocked. Three resolutions have been scuttled.
Following the chemical attack in Syria, many world leaders were quick to begin blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies for the atrocity. Moscow called on the United Nations (U. N.) to investigate the matter before the next world war was unleashed in the Middle East.
Both Washington and Moscow rejected the proposals put forth to create an independent body. Holding permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council with veto powers, Russia and the United States fought back and forth on Tuesday over how best to come together.
Nikki Haley and Western allies have long held the view that Assad needs to step aside once the war was won. Russia, granting excessive protections for the secular leader, put forward a resolution that failed to get a minimum of nine votes from the 15-member group.
Russia has helped to stabilize the legitimate government of Syria against the now defeated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As Assad and his allies claim victory in a civil war that has raged for over seven years, President Trump was advocating the withdrawal of American troops from the region.
Not looking to enter another Iraq situation, Ambassador Haley put forth a proposal which would create an investigatory board with repercussive authority. After obtaining the necessary number of votes to move forward with the international resolution, many thought the identity of the assailant would be uncovered and reprimanded.
The chemical attack was launched on Saturday April 8, 2018, Outside of Damascus in the rebel held city of Douma in the Ghouta region of Syria. Doctors and experts who witnessed the event claim the chemicals acted like a nerve agent and resembled chlorine gas.
After the Ghouta chemical attack in 2013, Obama and John Kerry requested that Russia take all weapons of mass destruction away from the dictator. There has been much controversy over exactly who is conducting the chemical attacks.
Two days following the chemical attack which killed at least 60 people and injured over 1,000 more, Israel scrambled two F-15 fighter jets in Syria. Unleashing eight missiles at the T4 air base in Homs, observers counted 14 members of the Iranian proxy militant group Hezbollah were killed.
In the hours following the missile strike, European air traffic controllers announced emergency warnings for eastern Mediterranean travel. Suggesting that coordinated strikes will be launched against Syria over a 72-hour window, the Eurocontrol agency stoked fears of the international community.
Trying to identify the culprit and ease tensions, Nikki Haley pleaded with Russia to accept the resolution. Shaming Russia for exercising veto powers 12 times since the onset of the war, Haley suggested the least the country can do is vote for an independent body.
Nebenzia hurriedly shot down the measure.
Haley responded slamming the adversary. Haley declared that history will remember that Russia chose to protect a monster instead of innocent people.
Trying not to be deemed the bad guy, Russia submitted another proposal. A measure lacking merit and conviction, Russia failed again to create an independent investigation.
Nebenzia expressed his certainty that the chemical attack was a false flag designed to incite a new war with the United States. The Russian envoy ended the session by asking western leaders to abandon any future plans for invasion.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an independent agency based out of the Hague. With the United Nations failing to produce an inspector for the Syria situation, the organization was asked to step in.
In a statement released shortly after the U. N. vote, the OPCW announced that preparations were being made to depart to Syria shortly. The group suggesting in their statement that blame will not be able to be determined.
The group will only be able to identify if illegal weapons were used in the conflict. Where the weapons came from and who detonated them is beyond their expertise.
Syria has announced to cooperate fully with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.