UNITED NATIONS, Jan 02 (IPS) – When US President Joe Biden lambasted “the biggest aerial assault,” which hit “a maternity hospital, a shopping center and residential areas killing harmless individuals”, he was not speaking of the devastating Israeli assaults on Gaza however criticizing the newest Russian army assault on Ukraine.
Biden clearly has one yardstick for the Russians and one other for the Israelis –displaying sheer hypocrisy and political double requirements.
The assertion that got here out of the White Home final week learn: “It’s a stark reminder to the world that, after almost two years of this devastating conflict, Putin’s goal stays unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Ukraine and subjugate its individuals. He should be stopped.”
Maybe from a extra practical angle, his assertion might have learn: “…Netanyahu’s goal stays unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Palestine and subjugate its individuals. He should be stopped.”
And the extra contrasting image are the 21,700 civilian killings in Gaza, together with 8,697 kids and 4,410 ladies, in comparison with the scores of civilians killed final week by the Russians. Nonetheless, the underside line is there isn’t any justification for both.
Norman Solomon, Government Director, Institute for Public Accuracy and Nationwide Director, RootsAction.org, informed IPS Biden’s rhetorical steps have landed with each toes in an Orwellian zone that’s inadequately described as “hypocrisy.”
He will get it solely half-right when condemning Russia whereas supporting Israel.
“In actuality, the president has plunged the USA into an immoral abyss so deep that he has created large revulsion and disgust inside the USA and in a lot of the remainder of the world”.
Biden is so keen to assist the Israeli army proceed to kill Palestinians en masse in Gaza that he has twice bypassed Congress to authorize giant shipments of weaponry to Israel, whereas realizing full nicely that the U.S. authorities is thus instantly aiding and abetting the systematic large-scale killing of kids, ladies and different civilians, stated Solomon, writer of “Battle Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Navy Machine”
Final month, Biden’s fleeting remark that Israel ought to cease its “indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza was swiftly walked again by the White Home. And the U.S. has notably assisted with that indiscriminate bombing by transport 5,000 2,000-pound bombs to Israel since October.
In brief, stated Solomon, Biden’s condemnations of Russia totally apply to Israel and likewise to the U.S. as a direct participant in carnage that has already taken upwards of 20,000 civilian lives in Gaza over the last three months.
“The world desperately wants a single customary of human rights and precise adherence to worldwide regulation. Biden makes a mockery of each ideas as he justifiably denounces Russia’s conflict on Ukrainians however powerfully helps Israel to have interaction in genocidal warfare on Palestinian individuals in Gaza”.
“All around the world, we’d like sustained outcries and intense diplomatic stress for an finish to the carnage, starting with an instantaneous and everlasting ceasefire”, he declared.
In an analytical piece printed in Widespread Desires, a US web site, Jessica Corbett, a senior editor and workers author, says whereas the wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip are totally different for myriad causes, Western leaders have been called hypocrites for opposing the Russian invasion however backing what world consultants warn is a “genocidal” Israeli operation—criticism that was renewed final Friday in response to a statement from U.S. President Joe Biden.
Biden’s assertion got here after Russia launched its “most massive aerial attack” since invading Ukraine in February 2022, killing dozens, injuring greater than 150, and hitting “over 100… non-public homes, 45 multistory residential buildings, colleges, two church buildings, hospitals, a maternity ward, and lots of business and storage services,” according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
After noting the influence of the “large bombardment,” Biden took goal at Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that his “goal stays unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Ukraine and subjugate its individuals. He should be stopped.”
Journalist Mehdi Hasan—whose MSNBC present was simply canceled after providing uncommon vital protection of the U.S.-backed Israeli assault on civilians in Gaza—shared that portion of the president’s remarks on social media with a suggestion, writes Corbett.
“I problem you to learn this assertion from the White Home right this moment… however… change the phrases Russia, Ukraine, and Putin to Israel, Gaza, and Netanyahu,” he stated, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Go on. Do it. See for your self.”
In an interview with Connor Echols, a reporter for Accountable Statecraft, Kenneth Roth, the previous Government Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Biden administration has been far too deferential to the Israeli Authorities, regardless of the beautiful clear fee of conflict crimes in Gaza.
“And whereas the administration has pushed to ameliorate a few of these conflict crimes — by urgent for humanitarian entry, by urging better consideration to avoiding civilian casualties — that rhetorical push has not been backed by means of the leverage that the administration has that may have actually put stress on the Israeli authorities to stop– whether or not that may be withholding or conditioning ongoing arm gross sales or army help, and even permitting a Safety Council decision to go ahead.”
Requested what a greater strategy would appear like, Roth stated the preliminary drawback was that Biden fairly unconditionally wrapped himself within the Israeli authorities’s response to the horrible October 7 assaults by Hamas. For those who have a look at his preliminary feedback, whereas there have been caveats written in about the necessity to respect humanitarian regulation, there was no emotional punch behind them.
“It was fairly clear that Biden merely stood with Israel and was giving it a inexperienced mild to proceed with its army response to Hamas with out a lot effort, no less than in the course of the first few weeks, to make sure that that response actually did adjust to humanitarian regulation.”
“So, I feel the Israeli authorities obtained the message that the references to humanitarian regulation had been crucial for sure audiences, however that the administration’s coronary heart was not in them,” he identified.
Requested if U.S. officers could possibly be legally complicit if Israel is discovered to have dedicated conflict crimes in Gaza, Roth stated: “Nicely, they could possibly be. Biden’s references to the Israeli army conducting indiscriminate bombing had been clearly not only a verbal slip. It most likely mirrored the interior conversations that the administration has. The second even appears to have been considerably deliberate.
And the importance of that’s that indiscriminate bombardment is a conflict crime. As any administration lawyer would know, persevering with to offer weapons to a pressure that’s engaged in conflict crimes could make the sender responsible of aiding and abetting conflict crimes.
“That’s not some loopy, wacko principle. That was the idea on which former Liberian President Charles Taylor was convicted by an internationally backed tribunal, the so-called Particular Court docket for Sierra Leone, for offering weapons to the Sierra Leonean insurgent group generally known as the Revolutionary United Entrance, a bunch that was infamous for chopping off the limbs of its victims,” Roth stated.
As a result of Taylor saved offering arms in return for the RUF’s diamonds whereas he knew the RUF was committing these conflict crimes, this internationally-backed tribunal discovered him responsible of aiding and abetting, convicted him, and sentenced him to 50 years in jail, which he’s presently serving in a British jail, he declared.
IPS UN Bureau
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