It figures

March 2, 2022 • 2:56 pm

According to the New York Times,

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with 141 countries voting in favor. Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria voted against the measure. China, Iraq, India and Iran were among the 34 abstaining.

India! The world’s largest democracy!

The resolution passed. From the toothless UN itself:

Known informally as the world’s “town hall”, the Assembly is where all 193 UN Member States have a voice. A total of 141 countries voted in favour of the resolution, which reaffirms Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

It demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

The resolution was sponsored by more than 90 countries and needed a two-thirds majority in the Assembly to pass.

I would like to know which other countries voted the coward’s route: to abstain. I can’t find a list beyond the four listed above. Can readers help?

33 thoughts on “It figures

  1. On UN Assembly resolution, Abstentions list:

    Argelia, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, Rep. Centroafricana, China, Congo, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Irán, Irak, Kazajistán, Kirguistán, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistán, Senegal, Sudáfrica, Sudán, Sudán del Sur, Sri Lanka, Tayikistán, Tanzania, Vietnam y Zimbabue.

    1. I would give the former Soviet Republics a pass. If they tick off Putin, they could be next. Everybody else: What’s your excuse?

  2. According to:

    Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, Central AFR Republic, China, Congo, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, United Rep Tanza…(?), Vietnam, Zimbabwe

    1. So it would appear that many of the chicken shits are countries in Africa.

      I have heard several people ask the stupid question – Why didn’t Putin invade when Trump was still pretending to be president. The easy answer would be – He didn’t have to. He had his guy in there, his puppet to mess with NATO and everything Putin wanted to do.

  3. Speaking of pusillanimity, notice that Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela did not even abstain, but are simply recorded as absent. Their UN delegates apparently took the occasion of the vote to visit Coney Island or the Bronx Zoo. Russia can take comfort from its standing at the head of the enlightened bloc of itself, Belarus, N. Korea, Syria, and Eritrea.

    1. Venezuela was absent because it hasn’t paid its UN dues for two years and wasn’t granted a waiver!

  4. Since I made the mistake of posting the wrong listing (2014 resolution against Crimea) and had the data, I decided to compare votes in 2014 and the current 2022 vote. If this works, here’s a link to the cross-tabs (I couldn’t seem to post the image). V14 (rows) is voting in 2014 on Crimea. V22 (columns) is current vote. 1=For, 2=Against, 3=Abstain, 4=Absent. % are 2022 votes as percentage of 2014 votes on corresponding row.

    Yes votes were stable (93% of 2014 Yes). Lots of movement from Abstain/Absent to Yes. None of 11 who voted No in 2014 voted Yes in 2022. All but 4 moved to Abstain/Absent. One Abstain in 2014 moved to No (Eritrea, I think). Done quickly, so hopefully no errors (unlike my initial post).

  5. Putin is thus isolated even more than he had been already. So, the question is, how long with this strong worldwide condemnation last? Long enough to influence Putin and China?

    1. Indeed! But the govt. maintains that Russia helped them fight Apartheid. Surely they should have compassion for the immense suffering in Ukraine – and the amazing bravery of Ukranians.

  6. There is clearly a world division. Note absence of “West” in following lists. One might think that many of these countries would be dismayed about “conqueror” nations.

    Here’s the firm Abstainers … abstained about Crimea in 2014 and about Ukraine this year.

    El Salvador
    South Africa
    South Sudan
    Sri Lanka

    Here’s the Absent/Abstainers.

    Abstain 2014 Absent 2022.
    Burkina Faso

    Absent 2014 Abstain 2022
    Equatorial Guinea

    1. Yeah, but it goes farther than just ‘supports Kashmir.’ China doesn’t want a powerful India to challenge their supremacy in the region. So in the 70s it helped Pakistan develop it’s nuclear program, it still supplies them with weapons, and obviously alarming for India there was the whole taking-over-Tibet thing before that.

      To counterbalance China’s regional dominance (and expansionist tendencies), India entered into a similar support relationship with Russia; getting arms and nuclear tech from them early on, and now still regularly ‘being on their side’. Not necessarily because they like Russia or agree with Russia’s politics, but because they want a major nuclear power and UN permanent Security Council vote ‘on their side’ if they get in a regional conflict with China.

      The enemy of my enemy is my friend, as it were; their support for Russia is less about wanting a powerful Russia than wanting more middle-of-Asia backup against China. (Likewise, China probably doesn’t give two hoots about Pakistan; they just support Pakistan to keep India tied down in that conflict.)

  7. Very sad to see India and South Africa abstaining. I wonder if China is the hand behind those sub-Saharan abstentions?

    1. India has close ties to Russia. Apart from the Kashmir dispute, they have a lot of military hardware of Russian origin. Pakistan probably doesn’t want Russia taking sides in their conflict with India.

  8. Interestingly, the scummy list of countries that have defended Putin’s warmongering and imperialism, are among the countries that Western “anti-imperialists” (those who have that in their Twitter bios, and whatnot) tend to defend and carry water for.

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