Clinton Blasts Russian Barbarism
Last week, after more than one year in office, the Clinton State Department finally opened fire on Russia’s litany of human rights atrocities. The Kremlin lashed out at the effort in a typical neo-Soviet frenzy.
The DOS report made a particular issue out of Russian barbarity in the Caucasus:
In Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan, the number of extrajudicial killings and disappearances increased markedly, as did the number of attacks on law enforcement personnel. Authorities in the North Caucasus appeared to act outside of federal government control. Federal and local security forces in Chechnya, as well as private militia of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, allegedly targeted families of suspected insurgents for reprisal and committed other abuses.
Let’s be clear: This is the government of the United States accusing the government of Russia of state-sponsored kidnapping, torture and murder. And then there’s the cover-up of these atrocities: “”Eight journalists, many of whom reported critically on the government, were killed during the year; with one exception, the government failed to identify, arrest, or prosecute any subjects. Beating and intimidation of journalists remained a problem.”
It took the Obama government (and Mr. Obama himself hasn’t said one single public word about any of this), more than one year to finally tell the truth about human rights in Russia. We dare not think how long it will take this craven regime to actually do something about the problem.
And yet, this puny effort was still enough to provoke a truly crazed, frenzied reaction from the Kremlin. Rather than even try to deny any of the facts set forth in the State Department report, the Kremlin hauled out once again the pathetic neo-Soviet tactic of changing the subject, claiming that the USA is just as oppressive of human rights and therefore, apparently, it’s just fine for Russia to be as barbaric as it likes. The Kremlin stated that a report on USA transgressions ought to be written that would focus on “domestic violence leading to the murder of children, including those adopted in Russia,” as well as “racism and xenophobia toward migrants, and Islamophobia.”
Even if we accept the ridiculous neo-Soviet notion that two wrongs make a right (is it really OK for NATO to invade Russia because Russian invaded Georgia?), the notion that the USA has a racism or domestic murder problem even remotely comparable to Russia’s is a laughable neo-Soviet lie. Far more race killings and far more domestic homicides occur in Russia than in the United States, indeed far more than in most other countries on the planet. One Russian woman is murdered by her husband every thirty minutes. And the Kremlin chooses not to mention, of course, the small army of Russian mafia on trial in US courts for brutal violence.
What we are seeing in Russia is a reversion to a failed past, a past where the government felt it could tell any type of outrageous lie and be believed. Even then it was not true, but at least then the USSR had a veil of mystery that it might have thought could camouflage its lies. Now, that veil has been blown away, and the world can only gape slack-jawed in horror as the Kremlin humiliates itself with this display of ignorance and duplicity. It is a clear sign that Putin’s Russia cannot long endure.