The Great Double Standard

Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Strutynski

“Some may recall that in 2001 the US demanded the Taliban hand over Osama Bin Laden without any extradition treaty, any evidence of his culpability in the 9/11 bombings, and without considering alternative Taliban suggestions such as adjudication by the International Court at the Hague. When the Taliban quite reasonably demurred, the US attack began. As the Taliban’s Ambassador to Pakistan at the time, Abdul Salam Zaeef, said about the US demand, ‘If every country were to hand over any person deemed a criminal by America, then America would de facto control the world. This would in turn threaten the independence and sovereignty of all countries.’ But how would the US have responded had the shoe been on the other foot?” (09/02/21)