The US and EU vs. Belarus: Pot, Kettle, Black

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On May 23, a fighter jet intercepted Ryanair Flight 4978 as it was about to exit Belarus’s airspace en route from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania. Citing a supposed bomb threat … Belarus air traffic control ordered the Boeing 737 to turn around and land in Minsk. On the ground, regime police entered the plane and abducted opposition journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega. Belarus’s state media reports that the hijacking/abduction was carried out on the personal orders of President Alexander Lukashenko. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (rightly) called the operation a ‘shocking act.’ Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, tweeted (correctly) that it was ‘outrageous and illegal’ …. Unfortunately, neither the US, nor several EU regimes, have any business grandstanding on the matter. They’ve pulled the same kind of stunt before, at least as recently as eight years ago.” (05/24/21)