Double Standards

imagesIn the satirical novel Animal Farm written by George Orwell, unhappiness with brutal and unjust masters led eventually to a revolution ruled by a new group of animals (read Animal farm Redux). The quest for equality lies latent in all man. As inequality grows, so will tension. Communism is a utopian ideology that promises equality. History tells us that this utopia is not achievable. In Animal Farm, a revolution started off well, as in most revolutions. Soon, the realisation that all is not well will sink in.  ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.

Do not be deceived that equality is a natural consequence of democracy. It never will be. The world’s most powerful “democratic” nation today is a clear demonstration of this fallacy. He who possess more power or money or both, lays the rules. There will always be two standards – one for those who rule, and another for those being ruled. Rulers are more equal than subordinates, don’t expected otherwise.

Two key global events elucidate this fundamental “rule of gun” principle – Ukraine and Yemen.

Sputnik News:

The United States supports Saudi Arabia’s actions and is providing intelligence and logistical support.

In January 2010 President Yanukovych of Ukraine was elected President of the country in a closely fought election declared democratic by the Western powers. In February 2014 he was overthrown in an unconstitutional coup spearheaded by Ukraine’s western minority. In the same month he fled to Crimea where he declared his overthrow illegal and called on Russia to restore him to power. Russia declined to do so but rescued him and brought him to Russia instead.

The United States vigorously denounces Russia’s actions, accusing Russia of engaging in an armed intervention in Ukraine — which is not actually taking place — and has imposed sanctions upon Russia, branding the country a threat to world peace.

An uninformed observer might find it strange that the United States supports the Saudis for doing in Yemen what it denounces the Russians for doing in Ukraine. The same uninformed observer might be even more puzzled on realising that the Russians are not actually doing what the United States denounces them for doing in Ukraine, but which the Saudis actually are doing in Yemen.

Those of us better informed about the world know however that this is how the United States always behaves.

The report by Global Research corroborates these facts of blatant disregard for international law and gross double standards:

Since World War II – and extending well into the Twenty-first Century – the United States has invaded or otherwise intervened in so many countries that it would be challenging to compile a complete list. Just last decade, there were full-scale U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, plus American bombing operations from Pakistan to Yemen to Libya.

So, what is one to make of Secretary of State John Kerry’s pronouncement that Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea section of Ukraine – at the behest of the country’s deposed president – is a violation of international law that the United States would never countenance?

Kerry decried the Russian intervention as “a Nineteenth Century act in the Twenty-first Century.” However, if memory serves, Sen. Kerry in 2002 voted along with most other members of the U.S. Congress to authorize President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, which was also part of the Twenty-first Century. And, Kerry is a member of the Obama administration, which like its Bush predecessor, has been sending drones into the national territory of other nations to blow up various “enemy combatants.”

Are Kerry and pretty much everyone else in Official Washington so lacking in self-awareness that they don’t realize that they are condemning actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin that are far less egregious than what they themselves have done?

Equality and democracy are myths. For those still dreaming of utopia on earth, start to get real. Have a revolution if you may. It will end up in the same state of affairs after going a full circle. One can only live a life that he alone is answerable. If you live honourably with honesty and integrity, you have achieved earthly utopia. The only thing that is equal is the right to have a will to choose.

Joshua 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


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