Thursday, September 4, 2008

U.S. Hypocrisy

In today's headlines, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney chastised Russia for attacking our ally and former Soviet state, Georgia. Cheney called the attacks a unilateral redrawing of the border between the two countries. Also in headlines, however, was another chastisement. This one was directed at the United States by the Pakistani Parliament and the expected future president of that country, Asif Ali Zardari (widower of former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto - see article here). U.S. led forces crossed the Pakistani border to a Taliban enclave, killing fifteen.

Interestingly America criticizes Russia for doing the same thing we are willing to do. What makes it even worse is that we attacked people within the borders of an ally, not an enemy. Both the U.S. and Russia are concerned with their own sovereignty and interests. Each of them has cause for what they have done, and they are both . . . wrong. We know that Pakistan is harboring Muslim terrorists and the Taliban, but undermining an ally's sovereignty is unwarranted and condemnable. Further, we can no longer rightly hold another country to high standards if we cannot meet those standards ourselves.

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