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"Do as we say, not as we do"

Noam Chomsky once remarked that, "for the powerful, crimes are those that others commit." Therein lies the truth. Human beings are essentially hypocrites, one way or the other; but in this unequal world we live in, it is generally the powerful that have become poster-boys of the homo hypocritus hypothesis. "Do as we say, not as we do," is their constant refrain and we the powerless and defenceless have to oblige against our collective will.

This unequal world is directed by those powerful zealots who have arrogated themselves the burden to police, to judge and be the executioner all at once. In their pursuit to define for the rest of us the framework of governance within which we should all exist, they betray with consistent regularity the very principles against which they hold others accountable. Virtuous conduct is the natural expectations of others and if needs be, will be enforced through thuggery. The United States has a glowing track record of supreme hypocrisy when it comes to how the world operates and what the rules of engagement should be.

Here we are dealing with a powerful state that has committed some of the vilest atrocities in the history of man and continues to do so without shame. Countries like Iran, who in fact have not invaded or attacked their neighbours in any recent history, are being threatened with military attacks on allegation of developing a nuclear bomb, by the very countries like the US and Israel who are in possession of an arsenal of nuclear warheads that are enough to blast the entire world with devastating repetition. The US has not hesitated to use these weapons of mass destruction against civilian populations.

We have, on the other hand, some leaders being accused of crimes against humanity by the very US which has a disturbing history of slaughtering innocent women and children in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, etc. The people of Vietnam are still suffering from the ghastly effects of chemical weapons that were used by the US during the nonsensical Vietnam War. The people of Iraq have to contend with the devastating effects of the use of depleted uranium by the US during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. The defenceless people of Gaza were fried with white phosphorous in 2008 during the campaign of terror by apartheid Israel. Such crimes against humanity were sanctioned by the US.

There are international conventions that prohibit the use of certain weapons, govern the treatment of prisoners of war and prescribe the rules of engagement in instances of war; but all these apply only to those who are less powerful and subject to global dictatorship of the US. The US and apartheid Israel appear not bound by the same rule that apply to others. War-criminals like Obama, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Nicholas Sarkozy, David Cameron, etc. have not been charged not even condemned by international bodies like the UN for the atrocities they visited civilians elsewhere in the world.

Saddam Hussein was accused of failing to comply with UN resolutions and possessing weapons of mass destruction. It was all a fabrication by US and a figment of Tony Blair's imagination; but the US went ahead reduced Iraq into rubble under the false guise of exporting democracy and enforcing regional peace and stability. Iraq has been in flames ever since. This was the same US that supported Saddam when he gassed the Kurds in Halabja in 1988. Suddenly, Saddam was a madman they needed to stop. In the process, the illegal military invasion in Iraq resulted in the death of over 160,000 people. Even Saddam never killed some many people during his tyrannical reign. It was ironic that the US showed the UN the middle finger and bombarded the people of Iraq without authorisation in order to hold Saddam accountable for violation UN resolutions. But then we ask, "How many UN resolutions has apartheid Israel violated since 1948 and not held accountable once?" Who holds the US accountable? Who bombs the US for slaughtering innocent civilians, for violating international law and sovereignty of other nations?

The current US war-criminal in chief, Barack Obama, has been beating the drumbeats of war against Syria. He has accused Bashar al-Assad of gassing his own people. Like Bush when going into Iraq, Obama has failed to produce any credible evidence to support his spurious claims. The absurdity of Obama's allegations against Assad become more pronounced when noting that the UN weapons inspectors arrived in Syria a few days before the chemical attack occurred; and that the Assad army had been triumphant against US-sponsored Syrian terrorists in the last few months. Why then would Assad at the back of such gains and in the presence of UN inspectors commit such atrocities? It defied any basic common sense that Assad would carry out such acts, knowing what the consequence of his actions would be.

US-sponsored Syrian terrorists used chemical weapons in March 2013 with the hope that there will be international military intervention but that never happened. It is not far-fetched that the same ruffians who received over $500m from the US and arsenal of arms from Saudis and Qataris are guilty of the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Damascus. But in the course to finish off Assad, Obama has embarked on the intelligence fabrication process to justify his intended mass murder of the people of Syria. This is a murderous lunatic and ironically a Nobel Peace laureate who has already slaughtered about 6,000 Libyans, about 10,000 Afghans and about 3,000 Pakistanis since he came into office in 2008. Syria merely adds another tally of dead bodies of innocent women and children into Obama's record of achievements. He talks peace while his fingers are dripping with the blood of innocent civilians around the world, comfortable in the knowledge that the UN and other international institutions like the International Criminal Court operate under the undue influence of the US.

In the end, those who are meant to be protected become casualties of the murderous lunacy of their protectors. The US has never cared about anyone else besides Americans and Jews in Israel. The mooted military intervention in Syria has nothing to do with the people of Syria. We are being fed the usual nonsense about humanitarianism when the broader aim is to dismantle the Lebanon, Iran and Syria alliance and weaken those who are not friends of the US and apartheid Israel. The narrative from Washington has turned into protecting Syria's neighbours, in particular the terrorist state of Israel, as well as "sending a message" to Iran. As someone once said, the first casualty of war is the truth. Hypocrisy is neither a strange bedfellow to those ruffians who molest the truth.

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