U.S. Double Standard: Humanitarian Relief

August 12, 2014 – The U.S. is now sending what is claimed to be humanitarian support for the Kurds in northern Iraq. The very real threat to the Yazidis certainly can illicit humanitarian concerns. The evil of the ISIS radicals cannot be over estimated. But,7161566400_1845d68835_z as always, humanitarian pronouncements by governments are almost always excuses for achieving quite different goals.
Christians lived in Iraq for many centuries and even survived decently under Saddam Hussein. Since our military takeover in 2003, Christians have been run of Iraq. And this occurred under the government we set up and for which we were responsible. No outcries of humanitarian concern for this calamity was heard from our government.
There are numerous and continuous humanitarian crises around the world that get no attention from our government. Hundreds of thousands are suffering in Syria, Ukraine, and Gaza, without a demand for sending aid.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is that prompts our concern for one crisis while completely ignoring another?
14868438384_33c1645bae_z Not only do we send food and water to help the Kurdish refugees, we send in weapons pretending we can save Iraq from the chaos that has resulted from our 24 years of interventionism in that country. Just maybe it has something to do with oil, or rescuing the American personnel in Erbil that never left Iraq after our war and occupation was declared a success.
When it comes to refugees in eastern Ukraine, we do everything possible to stop Russia from sending in humanitarian aid. Our allies, the Ukraine government that we helped to install after a coup this spring, are diligently working to prevent this aid from reaching the refugees in eastern Ukraine. They argue that the Kremlin is sending in military weapons along with the aid. Of course, they provide no proof of this charge.
The simple truth is that the U.S. has two sets of standards for supporting humanitarian relief. No one should be shocked with that assessment. Time is ripe for a non-interventionist foreign policy.