The Art of Precedent and Hyprocisy

“Obama OKs air power to aid Pentagon-trained Syrian rebels”

The US is aiding Syrian rebels, the Russians are aiding Ukrainian rebels

The Syrian rebels are trying to takeover the country. The Ukrainian rebels are trying to takeover the country

And now the US will use the air force directly against the Syrian govt to support the rebels. And Russia will . . . .

It’s ok for the west to engage in regime change but not Russia?

That’s how Russia sees it. It’s not about freedom and democracy but precedent for using force and “if you can do it, so can I”

 

You can see a variant of this in American politics, especially from liberals. It is, “I am right, you’re wrong and it’s ok for me to do what I want but you can’t do the same exact thing (because it hurts my cause)”. It hypocrisy in it’s purest and most raw form. The only thing missing is “God is on my side”, which for the left would be interesting to hear and have them defend their attempts to replace religious institutions as America’s moral authority.

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