The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an atrocity for the right to sovereignty and independence. Over the weekend, heavy criticism was leveled at Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and a series of sanctions imposed to isolate the Russian economy in the global financial infrastructure. As I write this article, the fights have entered their 6and week since invasion with over 10,000 civilian deaths; millions of Ukrainians have fled to the neighboring borders of Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. NATO remains an active deterrent on the military front – activating defense protocols and sending auxiliary troops to the Baltic states.
However, the United States is the standard bearer of the Ukrainian defensive front on the global diplomatic canvas. Supplying arms to Ukraine, rallying European allies against Putin and toughening economic measures against the Kremlin cohort, the United States appears resilient in pushing the Russian offensive from Ukrainian soil. It is fascinating to ask: is the United States defending a sovereign state or simply deterring an adversary? The two skills may seem identical; the underlying intentions vary enormously.
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Better understand the subject
Assuming the United States is a savior of democracy and a guardian of justice, paint a proverbial picture. In 2014, Russian forces invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea – the southern peninsula adjoining the Black Sea. The invasion claimed 6 casualties – a pro-Ukrainian, two pro-Russians, two Ukrainian soldiers and a rebel from Crimea.
In response, the Obama regime imposed crippling sanctions on top Kremlin officials, cut trade ties with Russia, and approved $2 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. A few months after the annexation of Crimea, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) invaded Gaza under the pretext of provocation by Hamas – a Palestinian nationalist organization. The ensuing Gaza war resulted in the massacre of 2,100 Palestinians as IDF soldiers dropped at least 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip. In contrast, the American reaction to the Israeli invasion has resulted in a classic statement by American officials: “Israel has the right to defend itself.” The picture is dangerously contradictory, isn’t it!
Last year alone, the Israeli assault on Gaza killed at least 275 civilians, including 61 children and 35 women. The IDF decimated 18 buildings in Palestine, wiped out 40 schools and destroyed several hospitals. The United Nations (UN) estimated that Israeli airstrikes destroyed 94 buildings in Gaza. The 11-day war displaced more than 72,000 Palestinians. And how did the United States respond to the genocide carried out by the State of Israel? He vetoed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution denouncing Israel for war crimes and human rights violations.
Since February, the United States has called five emergency council meetings to denounce the Russian invasion. Russia was even expelled from the UN Human Rights Council. Yet just last year, the United States blocked the UNSC’s joint statement – condemning Israel’s military response and calling for an immediate ceasefire – three times in one week. When Russia vetoed a draft Council resolution deploring the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US ambassador to the United Nations retorted: “Russia cannot veto the Ukrainian people. Russia cannot veto the UN Charter. And Russia cannot, and will not, veto accountability.
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This irony perfectly describes American hypocrisy!
In the Security Council, the United States exercised its vetoed 82 times; 44 of these vetoes used to protect Israel of accountability for war crimes and similar human rights abuses – each of which is the sole veto against the tabled resolution. The United States accuses Russia of abusing its privileged position as a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power. However, the United States has continually shielded Israel from global condemnation and intermittently halted international efforts to hold the Israeli government accountable for the crimes of genocide under the United Nations Charter and international law.
While the United States rejects Russian security reservations about NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe, American administrations have time and again defended Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians in the name of “Israel’s Right to Defend” when Israel is encroaching on Palestinian soil. The two radically opposite stories are the manifestation of American duplicity.
Without a doubt, the Putin administration is a tyrannical and oppressive regime. He deflated local opposition, razed prominent critics and imposed his will on innocent Ukrainians. Today, Russian forces are savagely trying to dismember a sovereign country to promote Putin’s envisioned Soviet sphere of influence in Europe. By the same standards, Israel is a tyrant state for illegally occupying Palestinian territory and slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians in the name of deceptive defense.
Likewise, the United States is a hypocrite for advancing its ally through violence on one front while denouncing a rival for the same actions on another. Today, US sanctions aim to plunge the Russian economy into the abyss. Yet the United States still maintains an estimated $2.2 billion stockpile of weapons in Israel. Despite last year’s war, the United States still provides $3.8 billion in military aid per year to the State of Israel – aid that has been consistently used to subjugate Palestinians and expand illegal settlements in the West Bank.
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So, while exposing Russia for the subjugation of Ukraine, it is high time that European countries wake up from their blissful ignorance and hold the US accountable for its decades-long deceit and duplicity in name of international law and justice.
The writer is currently working as a writer for South Asia magazine and a columnist for Modern Diplomacy – a European think tank. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.