Hypocrisy writ large

US President Joe Biden is right to say Russia is guilty of a “flagrant violation of international law” with its attack on Ukraine.

However, most of Biden’s statements are self-serving hypocrisy:

“The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”

“Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the outcome of Biden and NATO’s failure to accept Russia’s concerns at the prospect of US missiles being positioned on Russia’s border in Ukraine if it joined NATO.

Just remember for a moment the hysterical reaction of the US when Russia sought to position its nuclear missiles on America’s doorstep in the early 1960s. The “Cuban missile crisis” resulted in the threat of nuclear war. Putin is likewise refusing to accept US missiles on Russia’s border.

This issue could have been, and should have been, resolved without warfare but from all reports I’ve seen there was never any good faith on the US and NATO side which has sought to encircle, destabilise and dominate Russia before, and following, the breakup of the Soviet Union.  

When it comes to “flagrant breaches of international law” the US is the undisputed world leader with its countless campaigns to destabilise democratic states and actively support the most brutal despotic regimes across much of the world. I’ve lost count of the number of countries they have bombed since the Second World War.

Biden’s latest efforts in reading US propaganda from an auto-cue are aimed mainly at the US domestic population. He wants to appear strong and statesmanlike after last year’s humiliating defeat in Afghanistan. However, he only succeeds in sounding like a used-car salesman. 

The best we can do in New Zealand is to campaign to raise the profile and credibility of international law and United Nations resolutions so all humanity can be held accountable for war crimes and abuses of human rights.

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