Once more, the great Noam Chomsky brings it to the point: Russia’s foreign policy towards the West is in no far stronger to condemn then what the US is doing since many decades. Be it the unjustifyable invasion of Iraq or the claiming of Guantanamo out of strategic interest, we need to remain neutral when we assess international politics.
To repeat the crucial point: Adversaries are sometimes permitted to have red lines, but at their borders, where America’s red lines are also located. If an adversary has “expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood,” crossing U.S. red lines, the world faces a crisis.
In international politics we have to be careful with our judgments. Those who don’t get that any use of force is not the answer need to wake up so as those that out of fear stay dormant. The time of change is now or never! Be part of it and don’t resign.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea was an illegal act, in violation of international law and specific treaties. It’s not easy to find anything comparable in recent years - the Iraq invasion is a vastly greater crime.
But one comparable example comes to mind: U.S. control of Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. Guantanamo was wrested from Cuba at gunpoint in 1903 and not relinquished despite Cuba’s demands ever since it attained independence in 1959.