Destroyed buildings in Odesa, a port metropolis in southern Ukraine. Credit score: UNOCHA/Alina Basiuk
  • by Thalif Deen (united nations)
  • Inter Press Service

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 practically two years of this devastating battle, Putin’s goal stays unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Ukraine and subjugate its folks. He have to 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 folks. He have to be stopped.”

And the extra contrasting image are the 21,700 civilian killings in Gaza, together with 8,697 youngsters and 4,410 girls, in comparison with the scores of civilians killed final week by the Russians. Nonetheless, the underside line is there isn’t a justification for both.

Norman Solomon, Govt Director, Institute for Public Accuracy and Nationwide Director,, instructed IPS Biden’s rhetorical steps have landed with each ft 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 america 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 massive shipments of weaponry to Israel, whereas understanding full effectively that the U.S. authorities is thus instantly aiding and abetting the systematic large-scale killing of kids, girls and different civilians, mentioned Solomon, writer of “Conflict 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 delivery 5,000 2,000-pound bombs to Israel since October.

In brief, mentioned Solomon, Biden’s condemnations of Russia absolutely 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 commonplace of human rights and precise adherence to worldwide legislation. Biden makes a mockery of each ideas as he justifiably denounces Russia’s battle on Ukrainians however powerfully helps Israel to have interaction in genocidal warfare on Palestinian folks in Gaza”.

“All around the world, we want sustained outcries and intense diplomatic strain for an finish to the carnage, starting with a right away and everlasting ceasefire”, he declared.

In an analytical piece revealed 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… personal homes, 45 multistory residential buildings, faculties, two church buildings, hospitals, a maternity ward, and plenty of industrial and storage services,” according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

After noting the impression of the “huge bombardment,” Biden took intention at Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that his “goal stays unchanged. He seeks to obliterate Ukraine and subjugate its folks. He have to be stopped.”

Journalist Mehdi Hasan—whose MSNBC present was simply canceled after providing uncommon essential 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 now… however… change the phrases Russia, Ukraine, and Putin to Israel, Gaza, and Netanyahu,” he mentioned, 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 Govt Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Biden administration has been far too deferential to the Israeli Authorities, regardless of the gorgeous clear fee of battle crimes in Gaza.

“And whereas the administration has pushed to ameliorate a few of these battle crimes — by urgent for humanitarian entry, by urging larger consideration to avoiding civilian casualties — that rhetorical push has not been backed by means of the leverage that the administration has which may have actually put strain 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 method would appear to be, Roth mentioned the preliminary drawback was that Biden fairly unconditionally wrapped himself within the Israeli authorities’s response to the horrible October 7 assaults by Hamas. When you take a look at his preliminary feedback, whereas there have been caveats written in about the necessity to respect humanitarian legislation, there was no emotional punch behind them.

“It was fairly clear that Biden merely stood with Israel and was giving it a inexperienced gentle to proceed with its army response to Hamas with out a lot effort, a minimum of throughout the first few weeks, to make sure that that response actually did adjust to humanitarian legislation.”

“So, I believe the Israeli authorities received the message that the references to humanitarian legislation have been obligatory for sure audiences, however that the administration’s coronary heart was not in them,” he identified.

Requested if U.S. officers might be legally complicit if Israel is discovered to have dedicated battle crimes in Gaza, Roth mentioned: “Properly, they might be. Biden’s references to the Israeli army conducting indiscriminate bombing have been clearly not only a verbal slip. It in all probability 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 battle crime. As any administration lawyer would know, persevering with to offer weapons to a power that’s engaged in battle crimes could make the sender responsible of aiding and abetting battle crimes.

“That isn’t some loopy, wacko principle. That was the premise 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 referred to as the Revolutionary United Entrance, a gaggle that was infamous for chopping off the limbs of its victims,” Roth mentioned.

As a result of Taylor stored offering arms in return for the RUF’s diamonds whereas he knew the RUF was committing these battle 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.

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