1 February 2014, 11:00

What's behind Washington's "double standards" in foreign policy?

What's behind Washington's "double standards" in foreign policy?

Everyone has certain inalienable rights, including the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". These are the first words in the Constitution of the United States, - the remarkable words, which were written down in 1787. Numerous generations of US schoolchildren learnt about them first thing when taking a course in US history.

Although I must admit I failed to find any facts in US history textbooks that would be directly related to those who wrote these lofty words, those who are known as the Founding Fathers of the United States. Someone may have thought that these facts are irrelevant. Meanwhile, all those people, such truly great people as George Washington, as Thomas Jefferson, as Benjamin Franklin, the people who wrote about every man's right to liberty, were actually slave owners. Working on their plantations were slaves who had been brought from African slave-markets, as well as the children and grandchildren of those slaves.

This is where the principle of "double standards" is most likely rooted, a principle that has over time become part and parcel of public morals of the overseas republic.

Today as before, a respectable American family should go to the church on Sundays, while on workdays they may defend the right to ungodly same-sex marriages and call for sanctions to be slapped on those who beg to disagree. Several states of the United States have banned books "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by the American literature classic Mark Twain, because the author calls black slaves "negroes" in his books, not African Americans. Meanwhile, according to statistics, most people living below the poverty line in the United States are dark-skinned. They are the first to be laid off and the last to be employed.

Following the disaster of 9/11 Washington said its top foreign policy priority was the fight against terrorism. But it's clear as day that those resorting to double standards have been using that fight as a smokescreen in fighting the political regimes and countries that have fallen into disfavour with Washington. Hunting the "terrorist" Saddam Hussein has placed the sovereign Iraq on the verge of half-decay and turned it into a major base of international terrorism. Lynching "terrorist" Muammar Gaddafi destroyed Libya and turned it into a nest of gangs of terrorists.

"Double standards" make it possible for Washington to see processions of SS cutthroats in the Baltic countries as innocent recreations of bored old people. Washington has been using its double yardstick policy with regard to the recent events in Ukraine, where it proclaimed attackers wearing Nazi symbols and shouting anti-Semitic slogans battlers for democracy and human rights champions. But Washington doesn't only say these tough guys are all for peace and democracy, but also supplies them with various things, not just the biscuits and baked breads that a State Department high-ranking official was serving out amid a raging crowd.

This is the extent, to which one becomes hypocritical and politically shameless on pursuing the policy of double standards that's, besides, overburdened with a century-old tradition in what's become a habitual political handwriting of the US ruling elite.

A practice that's unseemly and dangerous, given that it's based on double standards. The latter have in recent years repeatedly boomeranged on those who used them. This can happen again and again, and in the least acceptable way at that.

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