Wednesday, June 4, 2014

US Hypocrisy in Ukraine and Syria | New Eastern Outlook

The violence being unleashed on civilians and self-defense forces in the east of Ukraine by the authorities in Kiev constitutes a laundry list of war crimes. However, the West seems intent on employing double standards with regard to human rights and war crimes, applying or ignoring these principles as is convenient to its geopolitical agenda.

While the United States and its allies in Europe wax poetic about democracy and the rule of law in Ukraine, they continue to politically, diplomatically, and tactically support criminals who, in the name of national unity, kill and injure their own people in hopes of maintaining control over a rapidly collapsing country. Conversely, the US and its European and Arab allies have been crying foul over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s war against foreign-backed terrorists for over three years, labeling him a “butcher” and a “war criminal,” using the UN and every other international forum to demonize and, according to their designs, ultimately topple his regime.

It would seem then that, rather than genuinely seeking to maintain global stability and the rule of law, Washington uses internationally recognized principles such as human rights and war crimes as means to gain leverage in political conflicts. The US looks the other way when its client regime in Kiev commits obvious war crimes, while portraying leaders who refuse to acquiesce to Washington’s diktats as criminal tyrants. The hypocrisy here is palpable.

Documenting War Crimes in Ukraine

Since the outbreak of violence in Ukraine, and particularly since the illegal Kiev government’s assault on pro-Russian federalist forces in the East, there have been a number of egregious war crimes committed by the so-called “government” and its military and paramilitary forces.

Just in the last 48 hours, there have been numerous reports of intensified military operations in Donetsk and the surrounding region. According to Kiev’s own reports from the scene, at least 50 residents have been killed, with many of them being unarmed civilians. On May 28, a school and kindergarten in Slavyansk were destroyed by shelling from Kiev’s military forces, with reports that at least nine people were injured, including a four year old boy. Additionally, the regime’s forces have taken up positions around the Donetsk airport, shelling it and killing scores more.

Aleksandr Boroday, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic claims that 100 self-defense forces had been killed in the brutal attack on Donetsk. Authorities in the city of Donetsk reported that upwards of 40 had been killed with more than 40 more seriously wounded. All told, the two days since the election of Petro Poroshenko have seen some of the most vicious assaults of the conflict in the East. However, the crimes committed throughout the month of May, and going back even further, are even more heinous.

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