…. Not that they are unique in this respect.
‘Trump demands Maduro regime in Venezuela release ‘illegally’ held opposition leaders’
…Even though Israel routinely arrest or assassinate Palestinian leaders without a word of condemnation. Not to mention the hundreds of families terrorised by the Israeli Defence Force with their deliberate night time raids on those living in the West Bank. So why are the Americans suddenly so concerned with the rule of law regarding Venezuela?
The word ‘regime’ gives us a clue. ‘Regime’ is a code word for governments that aren’t helpful (read: compliant) to US demands and Venezuela has been in the crosshairs since the days of Hugo Chavez. In fact, any government that gives its citizens precedence over US corporation ambitions will ultimately be on the the ‘regime change’ list. No support for those protesters in Saudi Arabia who have the temerity to offer polite rejection to Saudi’s unparalleled human rights abuses but the violent, police killing opposition of Venezuela are portrayed as the epitome of democracy.
Of course, ‘the West’ has an aversion to dictators, unless they are under tight control. Our idea of democracy is to get the choice of two marginally different options, the electorate will be the losers no matter who we select. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. While the media try to sustain this illusion, everyone knows that the Emperor has no new clothes but no one mentions it for fear of being labelled a conspiracy theorist.
The politicians know that that the press and TV will repeat their policies and deviant maneuvering to the letter, supporting their subtle manipulation of the masses because the people in charge of both institutions are one and the same. The only reason Trump won in the US (without mainstream media backing) was because Hillary Clinton was so clearly unelectable.
Self appointed judge?
In a logical world, there must surely be (as a basic requirement) consistency, if nothing else? There isn’t. So that is a fundamental failure at the first hurdle. The US (primarily) and it’s lapdogs appear to know what is best for the rest of the world. The US, just like the majority of bullies, surrounds itself with agreeable nations but does this guarantee the groups conclusions are fair and just? That’s a bit like suggesting a lynch mob have exhausted all legal means.
The sanctions against Russia are trade based. The Americans are trying to sell Europe a more expensive gas energy supply. The problem is that Europe is very dependent on Russian gas. Even with it’s allies, the US insists that favourable treaties also benefit the recipient when it’s blatantly obvious that they are being ripped off.
The UK/US extradition treaty is just one example. The US can demand the extradition of a UK citizen with minimal evidence. For the UK to do likewise, the evidence needs to be overwhelming. Only government intervention has prevented numerous vulnerable British citizens from being flown to the US, even though the barbaric US prison system should rule out extradition on the basis of Human Rights alone.