...the final extraordinary outbreak of hypocrisy is on the British left. Russian military invasion of Ukraine is approved by them, because it is an invasion by Russia, and not an invasion by the West.Sounds reasonable except that:
(a) it is open to question whether Russia has, in fact, invaded Ukraine (a claim Russia denies), for although there are Russian troops in Ukraine, Russia has a treaty right to station up to 25,000 military personnel on Ukrainian soil in Crimea; and
|Shock and Awe: How US/Nato does invasions. Source|
And there's one other difference worth noting. All major US/UK/Nato invasions or threatened invasions have been justified in the name of bringing democracy to an oppressed people subjugated by a new Hitler — Saddam, Gaddhafi, Ahmadinejad, Assad, whoever.
|Terrorizing Crimean citizens: Russians in Ukraine. Source|
Murray's argument is thus an application of the principle that offense is the best defense: it is pure humbug in the defense of hypocrisy.
But for a brilliant and much more comprehensive review of Western hypocrisy on the subject of international law and intervention in the affairs independent sovereign states, see Robert Parry's razor sharp critique of the American NeoCons and their media backers, in particular, the Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com, Prop.) owned Washington Post.
David Stockman: Memo to Obama: This Was Their Red Line!
Consortium News: America’s Staggering Hypocrisy
Global Research: Ukraine Transition Government: Neo-Nazis in Control of Armed Forces, National Security, Economy, Justice and Education
Consortium News: What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis
Reuters: Putin: military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine
Itar-Tass: Russia's Foreign Ministry: Threats of US Secretary of State against Russia unacceptable
WUFYS: The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine
China PeopleDaily: Commentary: West should work with, not against, Russia in handling Ukraine crisis