This week Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev and had this to say about Russia’s annexation of Crimea:
“No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation. No nation has that right. And we will never recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, and neither will the world.”
Perhaps what he meant to add is, “However, when I say, ‘no nation has the right to grab land from another nation,’ I am of course not including the US or its ally Israel. Such international standards do not apply to us, nor should we be held accountable.”
This is why the US is mocked as hypocritical not just by Russia, but even by our closest allies. This is also why we are fighting a so-called “war on terror.” The world (and particularly the Muslim world) sees that our words are merely self-serving propaganda, without any real basis in integrity or a concern for justice and human rights.