The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who suffer from a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst sins. Today’s winner is Russia, which reacted to President Obama’s talk of possible air strikes against ISIS in Syria by declaring it a violation of international law.
Russia said on Thursday air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a U.N. Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, raising the possibility of a new confrontation with the West in coming weeks.
“The U.S. president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the U.S. armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
“This step, in the absence of a U.N. Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”
Gee, I must have missed the UN Security Council resolution that granted Russia sovereignty over Crimea, and the invitation to send armor and infantry into eastern Ukraine. For that matter, perhaps the Kremlin could be kind enough to point us toward the UNSC resolution that authorized the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 and the seizure of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well. After all, Vladimir Putin’s regime appears to be an expert on international law, so …
But he doesn’t point out the obvious, which is that the United States is every bit as hypocritical in such situations. In fact, as I pointed out when John Kerry condemned Russian action in Crimea as a violation of Ukraine’s sacred sovereignty, we have zero credibility in saying anything remotely like that. Russian exceptionalism is no less ridiculous than American exceptionalism.