Moscow and Beijing have consistently advocated that all interested external parties should facilitate a peaceful settlement in Syria by providing conditions for the start of a broad inclusive dialogue between the Syrian authorities and all opposition groups.
***The Russian Foreign Ministry, March 1, 2012
Peace-love-n-tie-dye hippies! Don't they know it's already been decided, a decade-long civil war is the price Syria will have to pay for, uh, its government fighting back against rebel militias. And committing war crimes! Just because the rebels committed them too is no excuse! Stupid Chinese and Russians thinking that compromise and negotiations can be the answer ...
And listen to what this idiot from China had to say today:
With the violence escalating, the majority of civilians just want a peaceful restoration of national stability and social order. Therefore, seeking a political settlement to the Syrian crisis is a top priority for China.
China has sent a special envoy to Syria for talks with the Syrian government and opposition, in a bid to promote dialogue between the two sides. China's stance and diplomatic efforts are increasingly gaining understanding and recognition from the international community.
However, the West repeatedly denounces any initiatives aimed at achieving a peaceful end to the crisis . . .
***Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies
The whole article, title 'Peace and Stability in Syria', is just like that! What fantasy world is this Ruan in? Doesn't he get it, doesn't everyone know that guns are now the reality-based weapon of choice and negotiations, hashing out differences, is for whimps and out-of-touch peaceniks? Besides, it's 2012, an election year in the states, so just get outta here with that soft-on-war expiration-date-passed 'bring the two sides together' stuff.
Oh, here's something else, not by Russia or China, but some tired rehash of protestors' grievances and the Syrian government's response to them:
The protesters who took to the streets last year initially called for an end to the emergency law, the opening of the political system to parties that are not part of the national front dominated by the Baath, and the cancellation of Article 8. The government formally ended the state of emergency and authorised the registration of new parties last summer. With the adoption of the constitution, the regime argues that it has met all three demands.
This contention is rejected by the opposition and its Arab and western backers. They say the new constitution is "too little, too late."
Exactly! Conforming to protester demands now, more than nine months after they started protesting, what's the point?! There obviously was an implied deadline on the demands -- why the Syrian government didn't know that I don't know -- and now that it has passed, well, unfortunately the country must endure a ten-year-or-so civil war with lots of unfortunate religious cleansing, impoverishing Western sanctions, and so on. And all the government's fault for not meeting that deadline! Too little too late, sorry 'bout that peacenik morons!
Anyway, I've had enough, from now on I'm covering my ears. I CAN'T HEAR YOU CHINA, RUSSIA, SYRIAN GOVERNMENT!