The Cursed Double Standard

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The one skill that every person seems to have mastered is the double standard.

Who has taken that skill to the next level?

Politicians, especially of the American type, seem to be the best at speaking out of every side of their mouths, but they never know what to do when someone calls them on it. Today’s example came from the ultimate slap in the face, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

According to Hypervocal, Assad was busy denying the current Syrian civil war when he pulled out this gem:

What did you do in Los Angeles in the ’90s when you have rebels? Didn’t you send your army? You did.

In no way am I defending Assad, nor am I condoning any particular uses of military force in certain situations, but what I do support is taking a closer look at the way we as Americans believe that there can be no wrong in the world. It is a hopeful way of life, but a naive one to think that no other countries are allowed to make mistakes, despite the plethora that we are still dealing with from our own past.

Again, gassing your own citizens shouldn’t be tolerated, but we do have to be aware that the skeletons in our own closet like to be seen, and we’ve got the biggest closet on the block.

For more of the awkward moments with Assad, check out the highlights of his interview with ABC News.

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