La Rochefoucault said “Hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue.” This is embodied by the current debate here in the U.S. surrounding the Russian incursion into Crimea. Basically American politicians are running around saying something along the lines of “American good, Russia bad,” except, well, the Fox (sic) News crowd who have a man crush on President Vladimir Putin, a man’s dictator if there ever was one.
The U.S. is the country that came up with the Monroe Doctrine, a principle first espoused in 1823 (unilaterally, of course) that basically said “Hands off our hemisphere” to the then European world powers. In practice, according to Noam Chomsky, “the Monroe Doctrine has functioned as a declaration of hegemony and a right of unilateral intervention over the Americas.”
So for 150 years or so we used this spurious doctrine to justify our intervening, overtly and covertly, any damn where we wanted in our hemisphere for any damn reason.
Russia is exerting that same right regarding countries contiguous to itself . . . and in their hemisphere. Outrage! Outrage! They can’t do that!
Only we can do that.
Can you spell hypocrisy, boys and girls?