So, here’s yet another blatant example of the surreal double standard at the heart of the United States’ political psyche entrenched in our government, our mainstream media, and perhaps most disturbingly, among the vast majority of the people in our nation.
Recently, after what still remains in the eyes of millions as an illegal coup of a democratically elected government, the newly imposed regime in Ukraine moved swiftly and violently to suppress opposition in the regions that rejected its new ultra right wing, ultra Ukrainian nationalist authority. Mostly, this was done in the ethnic Russian regions of the country.
Low and behold, after months of barbaric military action, those regions today lie in ruins. Whole villages were completely destroyed and hundreds of ethnic Russia civilians were killed, including scores of children. All along, the US and European Union allies have time and time again warned Russia not to intervene, even with the provision of humanitarian aid, and additionally accused Russia of illegally intervening and supporting the rebel forces. These accusations, even if one were to consider them politically responsible, have gone mostly unproven, at best supported only by circumstantial evidence. Nevertheless, they’ve resulted in huge sanctions and even military threats against Russia by the US and the EU.
While in the middle of this Russian intervention in Ukraine condemnation high theater pouring out of the US government and all across the mainstream media, a US journalist was executed by ISIS/ISIL in Iraq. This was done by the same group that the US allowed Saudi Arabia and Qatar to arm and fund for more than three years in its neo-colonialist zeal to see Syria’s Assad deposed.
Without even blinking and eye, the US made it clear that ISIS had finally crossed a line. That the US had no intention of tolerating its citizens being murdered anywhere in the world, much less by barbaric Islamist terrorists, etc. So, without any consent by Syria, without any legal authority founded in international law, without any approval from the UN security council or any other UN body, without really ANY legal right whatsoever, the US gives itself the green light to launch a military attack against ISIS inside the borders of an internationally recognized sovereign nation (as per the last time I checked).
Now, please explain all the above to me. If I gather the US perspective correctly, Russia has no right whatsoever to intervene to try to stop the ongoing massacre of ethnic Russian civilians in neighboring eastern Ukraine (at the hands of a democratically challenged regime to boot), but the US reserves itself the right to intervene militarily and directly in a country thousands of miles away from its shores, over the fact that ONE of its citizens has been executed.
Having successfully launched its “Operation One American is Worth More than a Thousand Ruskies, for Fucking Real, and That’s Why We Get to Intervene Wherever We Want and They Don’t,” the US seems to have also decided that they might as well go all out and make it an all-inclusive imperialist venture! Hell, let’s not just bomb ISIS/ISIL according to how and where we choose to neutralize their threat to our citizens. Let’s also bomb the region at will according to our wider geopolitical interests! Like dropping a couple of bombs on ISIS and on critical Syrian infrastructure facilities, like its largest gas/oil refinery, for instance. Nice two-for-one strike for Empire that was …
As if the whole original American exceptionism premise that the US actually has “the right” to arbitrarily bomb sovereign countries it is not a war with, in order to take out whoever it has deemed as a bad guy, wasn’t surreal and corrupt enough already, they also feel completely entitled to redraw the political and economic map of the entire region, almost as if it were part of its own national territory!
In closing, if the US were a person, it would most likely have to be locked up in a mental institution as a dangerous sociopathic criminal. A delirious megalomaniac convinced to the core that his crimes are not really crimes, his transgressions are not really transgressions, his egregious lies and deceptions nothing of the sort — he is innocent, a victim even, of the world’s lack of understanding and even jealousy of his real kindness, generosity and obvious moral and intellectual superiority.
Please, let’s find a way to lock this dangerous monster up and throw away the key …
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