Last week Russia failed to be re-elected as a member of the United Nation’s human rights council (UNHRC).

This was because of its bombing of East Aleppo, currently under occupation by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, previously known as the Al Nusra Front, a branch of Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is the elected chair of the UNHRC. This is despite its ongoing bombing campaign in Yemen, known to have targeted civilians, including the recent attack upon a funeral, in which 140 people died.

Other members of the council include the United States, which is currently involved in a coalition to attack the city of Mosul in Iraq, and the UK, which is selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Of course, we all know that Mosul has been captured by Islamic State terrorists, which means that the deaths of civilians in that campaign will be justified by the media.

However, the deaths of civilians in Aleppo is not justified, we are told, because, um, some of the terrorists in Aleppo are moderate terrorists: meaning they are supported by the United States.

The fact that they are working side by side with Al Qaeda, and are hardly distinguishable from them, is neither here nor there. They are our terrorists so they must be good.

You don’t have to be a Putin supporter to recognise that there is something wrong with this narrative.

The Russians are condemned for intervening in a civil war in Syria, despite the fact that most of the anti-Assad forces there are foreign-backed mercenaries bussed in from other countries.

The Saudis, on the other hand, are intervening in an actual civil war, but they are our allies, so their on-going violations of international law are studiously ignored.

And in case you haven’t figured this out yet: the attack on Mosul is also a civil war, the majority of Islamic State being ex-members of the old Iraqi Army who were disbanded after the American invasion of 2003.

In other words, you might have very good reasons for supporting American actions in Iraq, but it is bare-faced hypocrisy to condemn Russia for doing exactly the same thing in Syria.

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From The Whitstable Gazette, 03/11/2016

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