Thursday, 19 September 2013

Oh, please

One need not be a fan of Czar Vladimir I to cringe with embarrassment at John McCain’s sophomoric screed in Pravda. It’s amazing how quickly our self-righteous pols dredge up ‘freedom’ and ‘rights’ issues to beat up today’s enemy after sneering at the same demands at home.

Does McCain really have the balls to complain that Russia ‘codifies bigotry’ over sexual orientation? Huh? This from the presidential candidate of a party that has made attacks on homos key to their electoral success for three decades?

McCain also thinks Russians ‘deserve the opportunity to improve [their] lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few.’ Bwahahaha! Does that include all the Russian ‘takers’ who are trying to handicap ‘job creators’ over there?

Undoubtedly, McCain lands a few blows, given the size of the target Putin offers, about corruption, cronyism, repression and Russia’s raw-material-dependent economy. But he should think twice before trumpeting the ‘lack of rule of law’ and the rickety nature of the local economy.

Perhaps the most cloying prose in McCain’s column is the complaint about Russia being ‘a friend to tyrants and an enemy of the oppressed’, making it ‘untrusted’ by other nations seeking a peaceful world. Yes, no doubt peace-loving nations everywhere are much more enamored of preachers like McCain who flew bombing raids over Vietnam and cheered for the disastrous conquest of Iraq.

Maybe these pious Christians could take another look at Matthew 7 verse 5: ‘Thou hpyocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye’.

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