From our partners at The Agonist
Ambassador Rice seems to think shelling across international borders is OK if it’s American friends doing it. She condemns Syrian “aggression”:
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 4, 2012
Even though the Syrian government insists the shelling was an accident and has apologised, saying it will ensure there is no re-occurence. However she refuses to condemn Turkey’s far greater aggression inside Iraq. There, over 3,000 Turkish soldiers are camped in military bases on Iraqi soil, even though Iraq rejects the presence of any foreign bases or troops on Iraqi territory, and the incursion of any foreign military forces into Iraqi lands on the pretext of hunting down rebels. Turkey has bombed, shelled and outright invaded Iraq more than once over the last nearly two decades, leading to over 30,000 deaths by some estimates. Meanwhile, over at the US State Dept. spokesperson Victoria Nuland was describing Turkey’s response – which involves multiple cross-border shellings of its own into Syria and authorizing its ground troops to enter Syrian territory if they see the need – as “appropriate” and “proportionate”.
That’s hypocrisy, plain and simple. No wonder the region doesn’t believe US presidents when they talk about fairness and even-handedness in connection with the American bipartisan “freedom agenda”.