Speaking after the ‘Friends of Syria’ conference in Tunisia, Hillary Clinton described Russia and China as “despicable” for blocking the UN Security Council resolution on Syria. Apparently she finds it quite “distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered.” Nobody epitomizes the hypocrisy of the West more than Hillary. There is, of course, an abudance of evidence to support that conclusion and to substantiate the facts. Where do you start?
Perhaps, at a Zionist rally in New York in 2006 when, at a time when Israel was slaughtering innocent civilians in the Lebanon, she celebrated that slaughter by saying to her audience: “We will support (Israel’s) efforts to send a message to Hamas, Hezbollah, to the Syrians, to the Iranians, to all who seek death and domination instead of life and freedom?” Or what about when she gave the green light for an Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla when she said that the flotilla would “provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves?” Does she not know that Gaza is not a part of Israel? Of course, we can look further afield and how she and her government have turned a blind eye to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and his mentor, the Ugandan President Woseri Museveni, as they kill and steal at will in Central Africa? However, there is no particular place or point in time to start. Her hypocrisy and crimes are, like those of her government, continuous and uninterrupted.
It is with that in mind that we might look at one of the so-called ‘Friends of Syria’ and the news coming out of Tunisia is that Saudi Arabia has backed the arming of the rebels in Syria with Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, saying that arming the Free Syria Army is an “excellent idea.” One can only surmise that the Prince’s motives will be just as noble as those of Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, his Qatari colleague, who called for an Arab force to “open humanitarian corridors to provide security to the Syrian people”.
However, we would do well not to surmise but to ask the Shia population of eastern Saudi Arabia, especially those in al-Qatif, how secure they felt after the Saudi police opened fire on their pro-democracy demonstration. Or, since we are talking about a foreign intervention, we could even cross over into Bahrain and ask people there how they felt when Saudi troops, and troops from the other GCC countries, were terrorising them.
Of course,it cannot be expected that a state that beheads a woman for witchcraft and threatens to similarly execute a young man for a comment on twitter, that convicts and executes eight Bangladeshis on the flimsiest of evidence for the murder of one man, a state where women are second class citizens and the natural resources are plundered by a corrupt kleptomaniac ruling class, can even begin to grasp the concept of “humantarian”. Of course, it was never about grasping concepts or understanding them, but rather about using the terms for your own end. Hillary the hypocrite knows this and she really knows how to pick her friends.