Almost ten years ago, in the month of March, the combined armed forces of the United States of America and the United Kingdom attacked Iraq. It turned out to be one of the worst mistakes in history as the allies found no weapons of mass destruction, which were the basis of the offensive.
It is therefore rather ironic that the US, which led the attack in Iraq, is warning Russia that it is considering economic and diplomatic options that will isolate Russia for “being on the wrong side of history.”
Around 112,017 - 122,438 civilian deaths were recorded by Iraq Body Count (IBC) between 20 March 2003 and 14 March 2013 during the Iraq War. Although the conflict came to an end in 2011, the number of deaths is constantly increasing due to the ongoing insurgency the invasion wrought.
What’s worse, the grave mistake was never acknowledged by the then or current governments of the Western countries involved in the false cause.
So, is it not an act of sheer hypocrisy when such unapologetic invaders accuse another country of “violating international law” for committing the same mistake after a decade?
When Russia decided to attack Ukraine on Saturday, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would consider the aforementioned action against Russia.
Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned Russia’s “act of aggression over phony pretexts” in Ukraine.
The irony and hypocrisy of both of these statements is just unmistakable, especially when the White House – despite several appeals from the United Nations – has failed to halt its illegal drone program in Afghanistan, Yemen and several parts of Pakistan.
Russia has moved its troops only into the largely Russian-speaking Ukrainian region of Crimea, where a majority of people have called for Putin to come to their rescue after pro-European protesters forced out pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich last week.
The Western forces, on the other hand, invaded Iraq even when the international community condemned it including the Iraqis who clearly didn’t want a military intervention.
Obama and Kerry seriously need to reflect on their selective morality when threatening Russia with consequences because their unmanned military aircrafts are currently breaching the sovereignty of Pakistan.
Moreover, the American people are fed up of their government meddling in other countries and their wars.
According to a recent poll, only 18% people think the U.S. has any business in the Russia-Ukraine conflict while 46% think it would be wrong to intervene and the rest are just unsure.
Turns out, the masses are indeed far more sensible than their governments.