As the last remaining superpower, in a unipolar world, the US will do anything to maintain its hegemony and feels any action it conducts is legitimate, legal and moral due to its superpower status. This flagrant disregard for the rule of law and unparalleled hypocrisy has never been more present.
After violating their own domestic and international standard for the protection of whistleblowers, by tirelessly hunting down Edward Snowden, the US has now turned to threatening diplomatic relations with Russia for giving him his due process of asylum, under international law. This comes only weeks after the international community was threatened into following US demands, when the US clearly breached the Vienna Convention, one of the most important international laws, by forcing down the Bolivian President Evo Morales jet.
On the other hand, despite the US claiming Edward Snowden is a wanted criminal, who violated US law and must immediately be returned to face the US justice system, former US CIA agent Robert Seldon Lady convicted of kidnapping in 2009 by an Italian court walks free. Lady along with twenty-two other CIA agents, are wanted by Italian authorities for torturing and kidnapping Islamic cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, back in 2003 during the CIA extraordinary rendition program. Arrested in Panama, it only took one day for Panama’s authorities to back down to US hegemony, allowing for Lady to escape the Italian justice system and return safely to US soil.
For all those that follow US international relation from an unbiased perspective, US actions are nothing new. The US has always had one rule for itself, and another rule for any other state. However, what makes thing’s different is the US hypocrisy and global hegemony is now laid bare for all to see. The question now is will the international community and the general public alike pressure the US government to uphold to the rule of law it so often preaches? Or will we continue to allow the US to set its own international standards, dependent on its own foreign and domestic objectives?
“All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” George Orwell