Western na­tions act like hyp­ocrites at G20

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

THE MA­JOR western na­tions have once again dis­played their ex­treme hypocrisy and dou­ble stan­dards for all to see at the G20 gath­er­ing in Bris­bane.

Such meet­ings should serve to fur­ther the noble ideals of a more cor­dial world or­der, but the western bul­lies in­stead chose to in­sult Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, lead­ing to his early de­par­ture from the con­fer­ence. Word has it that it was only the in­ter­ven­tion of the Brics part­ners, in­clud­ing South Africa, that pre­vented the ex­pul­sion of the Rus­sian del­e­ga­tion.

I don’t pre­sume to pass judge­ment on the Rus­sian imbroglio with Ukraine. The par­ti­san western me­dia such as CNN has mud­died those wa­ters with smoke and mir­rors jour­nal­ism to such an ex­tent that a fair and bal­anced as­sess­ment is im­pos­si­ble. How­ever, how dare the west- ern lead­ers so vi­ciously and with such mal­ice cas­ti­gate Putin when they are al­ways so mute dur­ing the mul­ti­ple Amer­i­can mil­i­tary oil grab in­va­sions across the Mid­dle East which were in bla­tant con­tra­ven­tion of in­ter­na­tional law. Where was the col­lec­tive ad­mon­ish­ing western voice when Is­rael was re­duc­ing civil­ian habi­tats and places of wor­ship to rub­ble? Or when the demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment in Egypt was be­ing de­posed in a mil­i­tary coup? There has been no os­tri­cis­ing of that il­le­gal mil­i­tary regime by the western hyp­ocrites.

The US and its western al­lies have made the word “hypocrisy” syn­ony­mous with their de­vi­ous mantra. I am proud that South Africa is not part of the spite­ful western ne­far­i­ous agenda.

Bon­sile Non­gena

Ryn­field, Benoni

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