The West, Putin And Extraordinary Double Standards

Russia propping up the repugnant President Assad is a sickening sight to behold but the UK and the US have a very recent track record of turning a blind eye to a whole host of horrific behaviour from ‘friendly’ regimes. Rarely has this been better illustrated than in the past week or so following the latest Saudi Arabian civilian slaughter in Yemen. Sure, there were a few stern public words of admonishment from London and Washington but Saudi is a cash cow that neither Britain or America wishes to see stray too far from pastures under their control. When one of your biggest arms trading partners wipes out dozens of civilians in a far off place that’s way off the radars of most of us, well, I guess they call that sort of thing ‘collateral damage.’