BY KALI CROKE, Fox News
BOSTON, Mass. (Fox News) — While most of the groups formed in the Disarmament and International Security committee (DISEC) discussed how to improve cooperation regional lines to counter terrorism in the future, an unsurprising coalition between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China seemed stuck in the past. Adopting a sensational “anti-West” platform, the budding bloc was quick to rehash old issues with the United States.
Across committee, radical Islamic terrorism has been a consistent example around which delegates have hypothesized their various solutions. Amid tepid talks of definitions and humanitarian aid, Russia maintained headstrong—albeit indirect—on its support for Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad. Despite having the blood of 400,000 civilian deaths on his hands since the onset of its civil war, the authoritarian’s rule has informed Russia’s resolution.
“We are using a state-centered, top-down model to make sure we are using local government involvement,” the delegate of Russia said. “The only way to make sure to maintain order is legitimizing the government source and then fighting the terrorism.”
Along with Russia and China, the bloc also consisted of Armenia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hanging on the coattails of the regional superpowers, the delegate of Armenia did not hesitate to accredit peaceful progress in the Middle East to Russia and China’s interventions.
“We believe that the fight against terrorism is leaning on this side of the aisle,” the delegate of Armenia said. “I think that [Russia and China] bring the best kind of insight on this topic because they are the ones actually winning the fight in Syria.”
China, in accordance with the view of its alliance, was also not shy to call out the United States by name. Though past U.S. action has only been accused of exacerbating affairs in the Middle East, the delegate of China felt it as relevant fact.
“It’s been going on for decades,” the delegate of China said. “The United States is using the situation for some ulterior motives, funding a lot of activity in the region.”
Armenia was quick to agree, calling the United States’ “meddling” in the affairs of the Middle East a “proxy war” whereby conflict is defined by “proxies and mercenaries” rather than “between nations and individual member states.”
Despite these flagrant accusations, the delegate from the United States remained unfazed, working diligently with a diverse bloc of nations that included a recently repaired relationship with Israel. The delegate dismissed the anti-Western coalition’s statements as “distorted.”
“In the same way that terrorist organizations use different actions to distort reality and spread ideology that is not only wrong but also harmful to its citizens, [Russia and China] are trying to isolate events and distort the news,” the delegate of the United States said. “We will not be coerced into discussing things that are simply not true.”
The delegate also negated the coalition’s claim that the United States was and is ill-equipped to handle affairs in the Middle East, citing Russia and China’s inability to move past past accusations.
“They always push for this idea, but the reality is that the work we have been able to go in Afghanistan has not been done by any other nation,” the delegate of the United States said. “Russia has been really struggling to fulfill what the have promised in the [Security Council] in respect to Syria.”
Russia did not comment on the role it has played thus far in the region despite international consensus on evidence of supporting the terrorist regime. Nonetheless, the delegate emphasized cooperation at the heart of their resolution.
“At the end of the day, the U.S. and a lot of the Western bloc unilaterally set their military agenda, don’t actually work with allies in the region, and then leave them to fend for themselves,” the delegate of Russia said. “[The West] consistently tries to legitimate some sort of action that doesn’t create stability.”
While it is still early in debate, there is a clear line drawn in the sand. Nonetheless, the United States remains determined to pursue the best course of action and stands by its efforts.
“We will leave it to the international community to judge,” the delegate of the United States said. “But at the end, we know who is doing it the best and who is doing it for the right reasons.”