The scenes have been horrific! Russian brutality for the whole world to see. Dead bodies of old men and women littering the streets of Ukraine … murdered as they cycled down their residential street or emerged from their basements to seek food, water. Many with their hands tied, mutilated and even burned (alive?), total destruction of villages, towns, and cities … even hospitals and kindergartens.
Thousands of casualties.
Russia has become a barbaric criminal state under Vladimir Putin … and yet, when the United Nations General assembly considered a simple, symbolic motion to remove Russia from its Human Rights Council, 24 nations voted AGAINST and 58 abstained.
The NAYS were no surprise: a plethora of autocratic regimes and outright dictatorships, including North Korea, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Iran, Syria, Cuba and China.
But I found the ABSTENTIONS more disappointing … and disgusting in view of the carnage and suffering Russia has inflicted on a totally innocent country and population, who had not fired a single shot into Russia.
Biggest disgrace: India … the world’s most populated”democracy”.
India not only voted “Abstain” on the UN vote; the country has NEVER said a word condemning Russia’s invasion OR even its murderous savagery; NEVER joined/imposed ANY sanctions the rest of the free world imposed on Russia; and, has not taken ANY actions against ANY Russian oligarchs, funding and profiting from Putin’s “Mafioso” rule, thievery … and now bloody aggression.
India said it wanted to remain “neutral” … but In fact, India has actually INCREASED its business with Russia since Putin’s invasion began … taking advantage of Russia’s reduced-to-clear lower gas/oil prices … and, in return, providing Putin with much needed billions in hard currency to fund his carnage!
How disgusting! Profiteering while the corpses pile up.
China, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey (NATO’s enemy within?) were also among the world’s nations that remained “neutral”.
China is particularly hypocritical: how often have we seen/heard China/Chinese officials denounce foreign “interference” by one country in another???? But I guess outright invasion, bombing and murdering innocent civilians is okay!
Think of the suffering, the grief, the despair this brutal attack by Russia has inflicted on Ukrainian families, seniors, children!
How can any civilized state/people remain “neutral”?
And make no mistake about it: these collaborating countries are not just impeding the impact of sanctions, they are prolonging the war and the anguish.
It’s time for the 93 countries that DID vote against Russia at the UN; the democracies that have CONDEMNED Russia’s invasive aggression; and, all the nations/peoples who have come forward TO STAND with and AID Ukraine, provide it weapons, medical supplies and refugee support to ACT against those aiding and abetting Putin’s barbarism!
It’s time for the free world to SANCTION Russia’s enablers, SUSPEND Foreign Aid to Putin’s accomplices and CUT OFF those who facilitate Putin’s depravity!
And, it’s time for the Canadian government to set aside domestic political considerations and SANCTION and SUSPEND Foreign Aid to both India and China in particular … to show our disgust for their self-serving greed … and hypocrisy!!!
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