Lets face it, many decisions at the UN Security council have been taken down by the Russia and China. These countries could be the guardian angels of the weak. Recently the Russia seem to have cooled down the tensions of the imminent war in Syria. This is one of just a few instances that that veto power they have has saved lives. As much as I agree with the west that Assad need to face the consequences of his actions, I believe war is not always the best option. I mean, just look at the countries they have been to war with regimes, what can they write about? Lemmie guess, lost lives, destroyed economies, resources theft in the name of compensation, crimes against humanity as revealed by Wikileaks…I mean failure is all I see black and white. I am not an expert on international relations but have they exhausted all other options? An eye for an eye only made the world blind,OBAMA DO YOU READ?
There are some historical vetoed decisions that have saved the world(be the judge)…………..I will take you through them.
Analysis by country
In the early days of the United Nations, the Soviet Union commissar and later minister for foreign affairs, Vyacheslav Molotov, vetoed resolutions so many times that he was known as “Mr. Veto”. In fact, the Soviet Union was responsible for nearly half of all vetoes ever cast—79 vetoes were used in the first 10 years. Molotov regularly rejected bids for new membership because of the US’s refusal to admit the Soviet republics. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has used its veto power sparingly.
Ambassador Charles W. Yost cast the first U.S. veto in 1970, regarding a crisis in Rhodesia, and the U.S. cast a lone veto in 1972, to prevent a resolution relating to Israel. Since that time, it has become by far the most frequent user of the veto, mainly on resolutions criticising Israel; since 2002 the Negroponte doctrine has been applied for the use of a veto on resolutions relating to the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict. This has been a constant cause of friction between the General Assembly and the Security Council. On 18 February 2011, the Obama administration vetoed resolutions condemning Israeli settlements.
The United Kingdom used its Security Council veto power, along with France, to veto a draft resolution aimed at resolving the Suez Canal crisis in 1956. They eventually withdrew after the U.S. instigated an “emergency special session” of the General Assembly, under the terms of the “Uniting for Peace” resolution, which led to the establishment of the United Nations Emergency Force I (UNEF I), by the adoption of Assembly resolution 1001. The UK also used the veto unilaterally seven times because of Rhodesia.
France uses its veto power sparingly. The last time it unilaterally vetoed a draft was in 1976 to block a Resolution on the question of the Comoros independence, which was done to keep the island of Mayotte as a French overseas territory. It also vetoed, along with U.K, a resolution calling on the immediate cessation of military action by the Israeli army against Egypt in 1956 during the Suez Crisis. The last time France used its veto power was in December 1989 concerning the situation in Panama. In 2003, The threat of a French veto of resolution on the impending 2003 invasion of Iraq caused friction between France and the United States.
Between 1946 and 1971, the Chinese seat on the Security Council was the government of the Republic of China (from 1949 on Taiwan) during which its representative used the veto only once (to block the Mongolian People’s Republic’s application for membership in 1955 because the ROC considered Mongolia to be a part of China). This postponed the admission of Mongolia until 1960, when the Soviet Union announced that unless Mongolia was admitted, it would block the admission of all of the newly independent African states. Faced with this pressure, the ROC relented under protest.
After the Republic of China’s expulsion from the United Nations in 1971, the first veto cast by the present occupant, the People’s Republic of China, was issued in 25 August 1972 over Bangladesh’s admission to the United Nations. As of August 2013, the People’s Republic of China has used its veto seven times; observers have noted a preference for China to abstain rather than veto on resolutions not directly related to Chinese interests.
China and Russia have also collectively vetoed France attempts to relocate the only UN body operating on Africa’s soil UNEP-Nairobi,Kenya to its soils.
Most recently,July 19, 2012,China and Russia vetoed a resolution threatening Chapter 7 sanctions against Syria.