Alan Elsner strongly criticizes the UN security council’s response to the events in the Middle East. The Security Council said nothing in response to the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain, apparently after objections by Russia and China.
And even in response to the alarming situation in Libya, the Council has convened around a Presidential statement, which does not quite carry as much weight as a resolution.
Elsner compares this to last year, when Israel intercepted a Turkish flotilla on its way to break the embargo of Gaza. After this incident, the Security Council was quick to respond, launching its own investigation resulting in a 56 page report that accused Israel of violating human rights and international humanitarian law.
This, says Elsner, makes its response to Libya seem “particularly spineless”.
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