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The Pot Calls The Kettle Black; U.S. Condemns Russian Aggression

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Is this the height of hypocrisy or what? Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's military intervention into Ukraine and called it "an incredible act of aggression." Further, he said, "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text."


What? Pass that by me again; did he actually say that you don't invade another country using a fabricated justification? What does that statement remind us of? Has Mr. Kerry totally forgotten the U.S. invasions and occupations of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and a host of others? This is a great example of the "pot calling the kettle black", i.e., accusing someone of faults that one has oneself and condemning the very same kind of actions that the U.S. government has taken on numerous occasions.


Whether Russia's actions are justifiable or not, if they have violated international laws, is yet to be fully determined. It seems that Russia and its President Putin have very likely overstepped their bounds but this is a very complicated situation observers need to wait until all the facts are in. My general feeling is that Russia cannot justify these actions but, then again, they apparently feel that their "interests" together with Russian citizens are being threatened.


Now when was it that we heard that phrase, "we are protecting our interests" used in the past and by whom? Well, we have heard it endless times by officials of our government; it is the standard reason given, no matter who happens to be the president at the time, for this country's intervention in the affairs of other nations, be it through invasions and occupations or by involvement in their internal affairs and elections. We have to "protect our interests."


Of course, all nations, including America, should raise objections to this incursion by Russia and call for a pullback. Also the UN should initiate investigations and use the pressure from its huge consortium of nations on Russia to reverse its actions and seek a negotiated settlement of the problems that have caused this volatile situation.


It must seem so ironic to the nations of the world as they watch the U.S. government overreact in this matter with such a "holier than thou attitude." Talk about irony; what about this statement by President Obama, that he has "deep concern over Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law."


So what Mr. Obama is saying is that when Russian troops enter Ukraine it is a clear violation of international law. But when he launches deadly drones, clearly violating the air space and borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, he thinks that is not a violation of international law? That is complete hypocrisy, a totally unjustifiable and indefensible position. Does he really expect anyone who is aware of what's going on to buy into what he is trying to sell?


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