If You Are Calling Out Russia’s War Crimes But Ignoring The West’s, You’re Part of the Problem

by | Apr 6, 2022 | Headline News | 20 comments

This article was originally published by Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project. 

Currently, in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is carrying out atrocious acts of war in which 1,400 men, women, and children have been killed. Millions of Ukrainians have lost their homes, and their careers and have been displaced — turned into refugees, overnight. Many parts of the country have been reduced to rubble and it will take years to rebuild — even if the war ended tomorrow.

On top of the 1,400 deaths, another 2,000 have been injured and that list is growing by the day. By all definitions, Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. This much is clear and most everyone would agree. Rightfully so, millions of people are demanding justice for Ukraine.

But something peculiar happens when we examine these calls for justice and the desire to hold war criminals accountable for their actions. If you truly support the cause for war criminals to be held accountable, then you must remain consistent in this inclination. Unfortunately, however, the overwhelming majority of people calling for Putin to be held accountable for war crimes, are egregiously inconsistent.

Last month, President Joe Biden called Putin a war criminal, and as pointed out above, this is correct. But if Biden were truly interested in accountability for war criminals, he would turn himself in to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, for immediate prosecution.

But Biden is not interested in accountability and the US, just like Russia, does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC. This is because justice is not the point, demonization of Russia and out political enemies is the point.

The propaganda behind the well-deserved demonization of Russia is so thick that it has blinded the West from seeing the very well-documented war crimes committed by their own governments.

Journalist Julian Assange pointed out some of these war crimes by releasing the “Collateral Murder” video through WikiLeaks. We had video evidence of the United States targeting and murdering civilians — including two Reuters journalists — and the only one who’s been arrested is Assange, who has been tortured in isolation for years for exposing these crimes.

If the West were truly concerned about war criminals we would have already arrested Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden. Every single one of these people have overseen the wholesale slaughter of over a million people, nearly half of whom were innocent men, women, and children.

If we care about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we must also care about the US invasions, occupations, and aerial warfare programs carried out in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan.

If we are concerned about the 4 million displaced refugees from Ukraine, certainly we must be concerned with the 39-59 million refugees created by US foreign policy in the post 9/11 interventions, invasions, and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya, and Syria.

If the West demands Hungary be ejected from the EU for having diplomatic relations with Russia during the invasion, then we must also be concerned with the support, logistics, and weapons given to Saudi Arabia as they lay waste to Yemen with US bombs, killing thousands of innocent children and displacing millions more. Not to mention, the US sanctions on Yemen are facilitating a mass genocide, starving hundreds of thousands of civilians — mostly children — to death.

If we are concerned that Russia is intentionally targeting civilian infrastructure — a war crime — we must also be concerned with the villages, schools, hospitals, and cities the US has turned to rubble since 2001.

We know exactly who is responsible for all of these war crimes and instead of moving in to arrest them, we build them statues, libraries, and airports.

Since 2001, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been murdered by US puppets in the White House. These puppets even admit it and instead of accountability, they are celebrated.

 

Instead of trials or prison time, these mass-murdering psychopaths retire to their million-dollar mansions as those who expose their war crimes rot in prison like Julian Assange and Daniel Hale.

If anyone attempts to point out this hypocrisy on a massive scale, the majority of Americans — who claim to be against war criminals — accuse those individuals of engaging in “whataboutism” and supporting Russians. It is absolute insanity, yet it has become status quo.

The bottom line is that what’s happening in Ukraine right now is a travesty. Innocent people are suffering and it is unacceptable. War is the plight of mankind and should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, however, when a physical conflict or war breaks out, it is always preceded and accompanied by psychological attacks, in the form of propaganda which helps to start it and keep it going. These psychological attacks are usually carried out against the citizens of the country who engage in the war, or who profit from the war.

The propagandists involved in the Ukrainian crisis have been in a full-court press well before the first shot was fired or border crossed. Americans were bombarded with conspiracy theories about Russian false flags before the invasion and they have been bombarded with false stories taking place after it began. The result of such a massive propaganda campaign has ushered in a new era of McCarthyism.

The Ukrainian people are being used as cannon fodder for US imperialism and most Americans are completely oblivious — opting for a Ukraine flag emoji and obstinance instead. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and has long been a function of empires. As Chris Hedges reminds us:

The mass slaughter of industrial warfare, the failure to hold ourselves to account, to see our own face in the war criminals we condemn, will have ominous consequences. Author and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi understood that the annihilation of the humanity of others is prerequisite for their physical annihilation. We have become captives to our machines of industrial death. Politicians and generals wield their destructive fury as if they were toys. Those who decry the madness, who demand the rule of law, are attacked and condemned. These industrial weapons systems are our modern idols. We worship their deadly prowess. But all idols, the Bible tells us, begin by demanding the sacrifice of others and end in apocalyptic self-sacrifice.

Are you willing to blindly support war to the point of apocalyptic self-sacrifice or are you willing to admit that all war is hell, not just the ones you’re told to care about? Will you see this blind spot and realize that maintaining this hypocrisy is marching humanity off of a cliff? Or, will you continue to be part of the problem and ensure our mutual demise because the television told you that “Russia bad”?

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    20 Comments

    1. Anonymous

      War is happening, it’s going to expand, we can do nothing about it.

      The only thing that matters in war is winning or losing, and, as Lombardi said, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

        • Anonymous

          Your opponents are dead, or captured and sold into slavery (no longer a popular outcome these days, slavery, a shame).

    2. Treadstone77

      This guy sounds like a Russian Propaganda Troll. Right away his argument is to divert the conversation that The U.S. is bad and past U.S. presidents should be indicted for War crimes. This Matt guy is a Russian apologist and a troll. Here is my apology, Fuck Putin and his gangsters, Fuck anyone in Putins circle of Oligarchs and Fuck anyone who supports Putin period. WW III is on our doorstep and not because the U.S. started it of course he did not. Lets be clear nor did he push Putin to ” pre-emptively strike at the West’s or NATO’s aggression( what aggression? NATO did not attack Russia in any way and if Ukraine joined NATO so what? It is a pact of self protection self preservation. Putin started this war, this is on him and him alone. Ukraine was a peaceful nation who wanted to be free of Russian aggression and were moving towards having stronger ties to the West. That is what Putin did not want.

      • vincente pox

        F$$$ Zelenskyy and F$$$ Soros. And F%%% Lindsay Graham

        Are you a Soros troll? NATO would like to put its troops and missiles on the Russian border, and is actively supporting the Neo Nazi Banderists.

        Close the web page and get back to watching the LGBT clown shows on MSNBC. Oh wait, why don’t you just enlist so that you can fight in the Ukraine too?!

        • Genius

          Good idea, he could swat them with his purse!

          • vincente pox

            I realize I said bad things about the Tyrannosaursus Zelenskyy. Maybe I should applaud him for designing US biowarfare labs and the elaborate system of tunnels to smuggle women and children to Zionist pedophiles in the West. Did the IDF help design the underground slave transit for Hunter and George?

        • Michael

          In this case, look for contradictions where you find contradictions, and you find answers and solutions. However, the burden for most Americans is frequently not being able to implement solutions.

      • Michael

        T-77,

        It’s more complex than your response.

      • Anonymous

        ” NATO did not attack Russia in any way and if Ukraine joined NATO so what?”

        No different than Russia putting military bases with nukes and troops and other military ordnance and supplies in Cuba, and we wouldn’t object to that.

      • Dan

        And fuck Treadstone77. Brainwashed POS

    3. Woogie

      There have been many lies told by the Ukraine leaders as well as Putin, And the biggest liar is the US government and it’s propiganda machine also pushing death shots to kill millions.

    4. Horse

      Your just repeating propaganda.
      Much of the bs out of ukraine is lies/propaganda.
      Your fear mongering, nothing new here I suppose.

      Remember WMD? BS, years of lies oozing from our own lefty news and politicians.
      War crimes?
      WE, the USA destroyed Libya over lies and propaganda.
      Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan.
      Our Gov was responsible for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS, MURDER and atrocities untold.

      Honestly this country deserves what’s coming, we voted in the left.

    5. Horse

      Your just repeating propaganda.
      Much of the bs out of ukraine is lies/propaganda.
      Your fear mongering, nothing new here I suppose.

      Remember WMD? BS, years of lies oozing from our own lefty news and politicians.
      War crimes?
      WE, the USA destroyed Libya over lies and propaganda.
      Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan.
      Our Gov was responsible for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS, MURDER and atrocities untold.

      Honestly this country deserves what’s coming, we voted in the left.

      • Genius

        No WE didn’t. The left stole it. FACT

        • Anonymous

          Doesn’t make any difference how, they won.

          They’re the ones in power, the ones calling the shots.

          And there are more of them than there are of us.

    6. topicgirl

      BREAKING:”From spreading no-evidence claims to outright lying, all is fair to ‘get inside Putin’s head’, apparently. NBC News has a new report out citing multiple anonymous US officials, humorously titled “In a break with the past, U.S. is using intel to fight an info war with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock solid.” The officials say the Biden administration has been rapidly pushing out “intelligence” about Russia’s plans in Ukraine that is “low-confidence” or “based more on analysis than hard evidence”, or even just plain false, in order to fight an information war against Putin. The report says that toward this end the US government has deliberately circulated false or poorly evidenced claims about impending chemical weapons attacks, about Russian plans to orchestrate a false flag attack in the Donbass to justify an invasion, about Putin’s advisors misinforming him, and about Russia seeking arms supplies from China….”

    7. Apache54

      Russia did NOT start this the USA do by allowing the CIA to install the puppet actor Zelensky. most of the atrocities were/ are being done the Ukraine NOT the Russia, most of the west news is false lies and much of the pictures are false and include crisis actors. lets get the FACTS correct!

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