Veto vs Veto

TV news reporters informed us a few hours ago that the world community is frustrated by China and Russia. The two nations have again vetoed a resolution designed by the UN Security Council to bring an end to the fighting in Syria. The two nations have veto power to do this.

I empathize with the majority on the Security Council.  I, too, get frustrated when a minorty is able to have the final say in group decisions such as in today’s US senate, or when a  church requires a super majority to make a major decision.

But I have a question.  How many times has the United States unilaterally exercised its power to veto a resolution before the UN Security Council to protect Israel from world correction or rebuke?  It seems to be about 40 times that the US used it veto power on Israel’s behalf.  I’m not judging the merits of the vetoes.  I’m just noting that Russia and China are not alone in casting veto votes.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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