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Many in Mideast see hypocrisy in Western embrace of Ukraine

Many inside Mideast see hypocrisy inside Western embrace of Ukraine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Within days of the Russian invasion, Western countries invoked international law, imposed crippling sanctions, began welcoming refugees accompanied by not shut arms with every one other accompanied by cheered on Ukraine's armed resistance.

The response has elicited outrage across the Middle East, where numerous see a glaring dual standard inside how the West responds to international conflicts.

"We have seen every one means we were told could not exist activated for over 70 years deployed inside less than septet days," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told a safety forum inside Turkey earlier this month.

"Amazing hypocrisy," he added.

The U.S.-led war inside Iraq, which began 19 years ago this month, was widely seen while an unlawful invasion of one condition by another. But Iraqis who fought the Americans were branded terrorists, with every one other accompanied by refugees fleeing to the West were regularly turned away, treated while potential safety threats.

The Biden management said Wednesday the United States has assessed that Russian forces committed war crimes inside Ukraine with every one other accompanied by would labour accompanied by others to prosecute offenders. But the U.S. is not a subscriber of the International Criminal Court with every one other accompanied by staunchly opposes some international probe of its own behaviour or of its ally, Israel.

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When Russia intervened inside Syria's secular war on behalf of President Bashar Assad inside 2015, helping his forces to pummel with every one other accompanied by starve entire cities into submission, there was international outrage nevertheless little action. Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe died on perilous ocean voyages or were turned spine while numerous branded them a threat to Western culture.

In Yemen, a grinding yearslong war in the centre of a Saudi-led coalition with every one other accompanied by Iran-backed Houthi rebels has left-hand 13 million people at chance of starvation. But flat searing accounts of infants starving to demise have not brought sustained international attention.

Bruce Riedel, formerly of the CIA with every one other accompanied by National Security Council, with every one other accompanied by now a older fellow at the Brookings Institution, said it was "understandable" that numerous inside the Middle East see a dual standard by the West.

"The United States with every one other accompanied by the United Kingdom have supported Saudi Arabia's seven-years-old war inside Yemen, which created the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe inside decades," he said.

Israel's occupation of lands the Palestinians want for a future condition is well into its sixth decade, with every one other accompanied by millions of Palestinians exist under military regulation accompanied by no indeed extremity inside sight. The U.S., Israel with every one other accompanied by Germany have passed legislation aimed at suppressing the Palestinian-led boycott movement, while greatest firms exist fond of McDonald's, Exxon Mobil with every one other accompanied by Apple have won commend by suspending work inside Russia.

On communal media, the world has cheered Ukrainians while they stockpile Molotov cocktails with every one other accompanied by lay clasp of up arms opposed to an occupying army. When Palestinians with every one other accompanied by Iraqis do the same thing, they are branded terrorists with every one other accompanied by legal targets.

"We resisted the occupiers, flat when the world was accompanied by the Americans, including the Ukrainians, who were small portion of their coalition," said Sheikh Jabbar al-Rubai, 51, who fought inside the 2003-2011 Iraqi insurgency opposed to U.S. forces.

"Because the world was accompanied by the Americans, they didn't present with us this glory with every one other accompanied by call us a patriotic resistance," while an alternative emphasizing the insurgency's devout character, he said. "This is of way a dual standard, while if we are subhuman."

Abdulameer Khalid, a 41-year-old Baghdad conveyance driver, sees "no difference" in the centre of the Iraqi with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian resistance.

"If anything, the resistance to the Americans inside Iraq was additional justified, specified that the Americans traveled thousands of kilometers to go nearer to our country, while the Russians are going following a supposed threat following door to them," he said.

To exist sure, there are important differences in the centre of the war inside Ukraine — a understandable instance of one U.N.-member condition invading another — with every one other accompanied by the conflicts inside the Middle East, which regularly involve secular war with every one other accompanied by Islamic extremism.

"By with every one other accompanied by large, Middle East conflicts are incredibly complicated. They are not morality plays," said Aaron David Miller, a older fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with every one other accompanied by former Mideast counsellor to Republican with every one other accompanied by Democratic administrations.

He said the Ukraine dispute is distinctive inside its degree of ethicalsocial clarity, accompanied by Russia widely seen while launching an aggressive, devastating war opposed to its neighbor. The closest Mideast analogy strength exist Iraq's invasion of Kuwait inside 1990, when Washington responded by assembling a military coalition including Arab states that drove not here the Iraqi forces.

Still, Miller acknowledges that U.S. overseas policy "is filled accompanied by anomalies, inconsistencies, contradictions with every one other accompanied by yes, hypocrisy."

The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was a response to the 9/11 attacks, which Osama bin Laden planned while actuality sheltered by the Taliban there. The U.S. justified its war inside Iraq accompanied by incorrect claims concerning weapons of pile destruction, nevertheless the invasion too toppled a brutal dictator who had himself flouted international rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by committed crimes opposed to humanity.

Still, the invasion is regarded by most Iraqis with every one other accompanied by other Arabs while an unprovoked catastrophe that place the phase for years of sectarian strife with every one other accompanied by bloodletting.

Elliott Abrams, a older fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations with every one other accompanied by a White House counsellor when the U.S. invaded Iraq, said there was a difference in the centre of Ukrainians battling Russian invaders with every one other accompanied by insurgents inside Iraq who fought Americans.

"Iraqis who fought U.S. troops on behalf of Iran or ISIS were not freedom fighters," he said, referring to the Islamic State group. "Making these ethicalsocial distinctions is not an take deed of hypocrisy."

The Israeli-Palestinian dispute dates spine additional than a century — lengthy earlier to the 1967 war inside which Israel seized the orient Jerusalem, the West Bank with every one other accompanied by Gaza. Most of the world considers those areas to exist occupied Palestinian territory with every one other accompanied by Israel's ongoing settlement building to exist a contravention of international law. Israel portrays the dispute while a territorial dispute, accusing the Palestinians of refusing to receive its just to exist while a Jewish state.

"Only the severely context-challenged could compare Israel's wars of protection to Russia's invasion of its neighbor," the Jerusalem Post said inside a March 1 editorial on the topic.

Russia's involvement inside Syria was small portion of a complicated secular war inside which some factions — including the Islamic State category — committed atrocities. As IS seized large parts of Syria with every one other accompanied by Iraq, numerous feared extremists would slip into Europe amid waves of refugees.

Still, numerous inside the Middle East saw harsh behaviour towards of Arab with every one other accompanied by Muslim migrants while proof that Western nations still harbor ethnic biases in malice of espousing general rights with every one other accompanied by values.

Many be in touch their suffering is taken less solemnly since of pervasive views that the Middle East has always been mired inside violence — never cerebrum the West's part inside creating with every one other accompanied by perpetuating numerous of its intractable conflicts.

"There's this expectation, drawn from colonialism, that it's additional normal for us to exist killed, to grieve our families, than it is for the West," said Ines Abdel Razek, advocacy director for the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy.

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Associated Press writers Josh Boak inside Washington, Qassim Abdul-Zahra inside Baghdad, Bassem Mroue inside Beirut with every one other accompanied by Noha ElHennawy inside Cairo contributed.

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Follow the AP's coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

Many inside Mideast see hypocrisy inside Western embrace of Ukraine

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