August 27, 2013

Kerry's little Syria chat

I found it difficult to watch John Kerry emote yesterday on the subject of Syria.

The whole bit stank. See, you can't assume the high ground when you're not standing on it. His words could just as easily apply to things the US has done repeatedly:
"What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear. The indiscriminate torture of random suspects, the launching of a pre-emptive war against the wrong country, the use of drones to attack people who may or may not be terrorists, and the consequent drone attacks on those who come to help the afflicted after such drone attacks, indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by waterboarding, drone attack chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable."
Sorry, John. The US doesn't get to talk like that anymore. Tell you what, why don't you just go sit in a back room and listen in on some American conversations? Maybe it's best to let, you know, the other countries handle this one.

America's decline has real-life consequences. The US no longer has the right to pontificate to other countries. So get off the high horse, John. You can't ride it anymore.

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

Thank you for writing this, I haven't had time to address this subject on my blog. With your permission I will just copy this to my blog.

I wanted to make a list of all the places where atrocities are as of this very minute taking place, and where the U.S. reaction is to stand by silently.

Why Syria now??? It stinks like yesterday's garbage.

writenow said...

Of course you can. I've been watching coverage of this on Al Jazeera today. It seems just like CNN, I'm sad to say. Today the favorite phrase is "violation of long-standing international treaty obligations". You really have to laugh. What about the long-standing treaty obligations against torture? Selective memory is an evil thing.