The United States must overcome its “impunity syndrome” – Moscow – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Washington has lost its ability to use force on the world stage without serious backlash, senior diplomat says

Washington should not expect the world to forget that it fabricated its justification for invading Iraq in 2003, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

The Russian diplomat made the remark on the eve of the 20th anniversary of then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s now infamous speech to the United Nations Security Council, during which he presented alleged evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, including biological ones. those.

To support his case, Powell exhibited a tiny vial of white powder, believed to represent anthrax, and told the council that the United States had no choice but to go to war. However, no weapons of mass destruction have ever been found in Iraq.

Powell’s stunt at the UN “has long been the epitome of hypocrisy and the conviction of the American ruling elite in its own impunity and unquestioned right to arrogantly teach the rest of the world”, Ryabkov said. He added that it was also emblematic of Washington’s desire to “to use force against a demonstrably weaker adversary in order to preserve one’s own global hegemony.”

However, the diplomat suggested that – unlike in the 2000s and during the NATO bombing campaign over Yugoslavia in 1999 – Washington could not get away with it. “international banditry” under current conditions.

“In the rapidly changing geopolitical landscape, the United States is now objectively incapable of resorting to a use-of-force scenario whenever it feels like it, without facing dire consequences,” he noted pointing “humiliating theft” US troops from Afghanistan in 2021.

However, as Washington “to interfere” in the Ukrainian conflict has shown, this setback has not prevented the United States from adopting its old habits, continued the diplomat.

“Americans will have to adapt to the new rails and get rid of the syndrome of impunity that was so clearly manifested during the [anthrax] bottle scandal. The same goes for taking into account Russia and China, as well as other major international players who are shaping a fairer multilateral world order,” he added. Ryabkov said.

The United States should not harbor hopes that “memories of what happened 20 years ago would be buried in the quicksand of modern history”, he concluded.

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