The Chinese have finally felt remorse over the horrific massacres committed against children and the displacement of millions of starving people and they extended help by presenting a cheque of $50,000!! Yes, the number is right. China, a powerful country that owns investments worth a trillion dollars in U.S. banks, sold what was worth $130 billion of goods in Gulf markets in one year, could only give Syrian refugees $50,000. Along with Russia, China protected the al-Assad regime and paved his way to do more killings by vetoing U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The only difference between Russia and China is that we have already known Moscow’s blunt hostility against the Syrians. It aided the Syrian regime with fuel and arms and printed its currency. China, however, hides behind Russia at the Security Council, and it has also enabled Assad to commit his massacres.
We do not know what the Syrians will do with this cheap amount. What wounds will $50,000 heal?
“Smartness” and insults were not only shown by China but also by the Arab League which did well in making statements and failed to achieve one positive thing ever since Nabil al-Arabi took his office as the league’s secretary general. The league which is historically well-known to its incapability and fragileness of its stances has never descended to this level because its positions, at least the statements made, were clearer, stronger and more vocal in issues related to Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait – after its occupation – Somalia and Sudan.
Arabi’s league is an organization with no color, taste or smell. I have several times tried to understand how Arabi thinks and what he aims to achieve. Which political game could he possibly be forced to play? Truth is I failed to understand him. Yesterday, he confused me further more as he spoke of sending peace troops to carry out a political transition process.
Even if these peace troops are Arab and are protected by a [U.N. Security] Council decision, how can you send them? What peace will they maintain? Jets are shelling people from afar and the party retaliating does so in the dark. There are no opposing parties like the case is in civil wars or battles fought between armies. There is not even a peace treaty present to maintain. Can Arabi be kind enough and explain to us his great idea that he along with other ministers keep repeating?
The Arab League’s position is shameful. It derelicts and hides behind the stances of Arab governments in solidarity with the Assad regime like the governments of Algeria, Sudan and Iraq as well as Egypt whose solidarity with the Syrian regime is less clearer than the others.
Arabi has to realize that Assad’s game has ended and that the latter’s regime is in the windward. The Arab League and governments like Algeria’s no longer need to waste time under new excuses. They granted Assad the cover as well as the time and now the number of those slaughtered by the Syrian regime reached more than 60,000 – most of whom are unarmed civilians. We all know well that Assad will not allow peace or aid troops in. Therefore, what Arabi and his partners are suggesting is just a mockery against the Syrian people and an attempt to underestimate us.
As the countdown for the Syrian regime began, some will try to forge positions like China, which registers its name in the list of donors for the Syrian people, did. China only sent $50,000 so it will be remembered in the victims’ lists that it stood by the Syrian people. It is the same China that participated in the slaughtering of these people from its permanent seat at the [U.N.] Security Council.
*This article first appeared in Asharq al-Awsat on Jan. 13, 2013. Link:
Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.