A couple of questions have been puzzling me for some time:
1. How can Julian Assange be charged with breaking American law when he wasn’t in America? American law doesn’t apply here, or in Europe, or anywhere outside US territory and territorial waters.
2. Why are Russian illegal wars so much worse than American illegal wars? President Bush wasn’t vilified in the media the way President Putin has been. Nobody demanded that America be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council – not even after proof emerged that the US was torturing people. As I write, a Russian soldier is being tried for a war crime. When the International Criminal Court began investigating war crimes in Afghanistan the US threatened members of the Court. There was no mainstream media criticism of this. So my question is ‘Why is there one standard for American wars and a different, much tougher, standard for Russian wars?’.