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The geopolitics of double standards

Marcelo Rech

The year of 2014 will be remembered not only for the international crises, but for the way by which the great powers and the multilateral mechanisms dealt with them. It is obvious that both the United States and the North Atlantic Alliance were taken by surprise and failed when trying to solve conflicts.

The last summit of the NATO, carried out in September, in Estonia, stripped an organization still shaken with the past episodes involving Russia and Ukraine and without a solid course or speech on which way to follow.

Apparently, the great powers and NATO itself implement a policy of double standards that proves to be mistaken.

The United States keep the line of holding only Russia responsible in the crisis with the Ukraine, with the explicit goal of turning Moscow into the enemy number one of the world.

In a contradictory way, the United States ignore what happens with the civilians in the East of Ukraine, victims of weapons that are forbidden in the rest of the world, and at the same time attack hard and constantly the Syrian regime, for the same reasons.

Likewise, the appeals of Washington to the reconciliation of the parties in the Ukraine are done at the same time in which it supplies the Ukrainian soldiers with weapons and stimulates the strengthening of the mercenary groups for the wars in Donetsk and Lugansk.

However, the United States and the NATO maintain the constant criticism to Russia of giving support to the rebels in the southeast of Ukraine, though there is no evidence for it.

It is not news that the West historically resorts to the fabrication of events in accordance with its convenience. A more recent example concerns the shootdown of the Malaysian Boeing.

Besides, we cannot forget that, regarding the Ukrainian crisis, the analogy with the actions committed in Kosovo is valid. In 2008, the United States defended the self-determination of the Kosovan people and recognized the Republic.

Now, before the facts in the Ukraine, they throw in the trash the consistency and appeal to the principle of territorial or border inviolability.


Marcelo Rech is a journalist, specialist in International Relations; Strategies and Policies of Defense; Terrorism and Counterinsurgency; Human Rights in the Armed Conflicts; and director of the Instituto InfoRel de Relações Internacionais e Defesa. E-mail:

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