A resolution inspired by Western nations critical of civilian killings in politically-beleaguered Syria is facing threats from two veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council: Russia and China.
"It is pretty obvious the Russians and the Chinese are protecting their own economic and military interests in Syria," an Asian diplomat told IPS, "just as Western nations traditionally continue to protect Israel from any form of sanctions at all."
Both Russia and China also fear that a strong yet ambiguous Security Council resolution on Syria would provide a mandate for Western powers to misinterpret it and launch military strikes – as it did with Libya.
The leadership of both Russia and China are correct on this; those in the bowels of power in DC are desperate for another huge war, to attempt to distract the American people from their economic miseries, and take the focus off the horrendous job this administration has done on all fronts here.
And remember; Syria and Iran have a mutual defense pact. If Syria is attacked by the US, NATO, and/or Israel, Iran will be treaty bound to go to the aid of Syria; and that may well bring China and Russia in on the side of Syria and Iran.
Both countries are nuclear-armed, and have not been happy with the way the US and NATO have been behaving recently, spreading their hubristic impunity around the world.
Of course, one tactic China might employ which might prevent such a war from happening would be to dump their US treasury holdings and leaving the US government more fiscally punch-drunk than a fighter who has taken one too many hits to the head.