America’s enemies are actively rejoicing as they witness the current riots and protests in the United States. The protests began over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis cops, but they have since morphed into a broader commentary about the state of racism in America. The rioters have exploited Floyd’s death to raid and plunder American cities under the guise of fighting inequality.
Meanwhile, the authoritarian regimes in China, Iran, and Russia are rejoicing. In light of the demonstrations, they have taken to lecturing the United States on human rights and race relations—which is rich coming from three of the worst human rights violators in history. When one thinks of equal treatment under the law, it doesn’t usually conjure up images of these three countries.
Iran’s Hypocritical Advice
Politico reported, “Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday compared the ‘neck to knee’ technique used to kill Floyd to the US sanctions against Iran.”
The “knee-on-neck” technique is nothing new: Same cabal—who've admitted to habitually “lie, cheat, steal"—have been employing it on 80M Iranians for 2 yrs, calling it “maximum pressure”.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 1, 2020
Zarif is sorely mistaken. It is the oppressive Islamic regime in his country that has it’s “knee on the neck” of his own people. In December, the US State Department estimated that 1,000 protesters had been killed and many more were wounded by security forces acting at the behest of the mullahs.
A particularly horrifying event took place on November 16th in which protestors were surrounded and massacred in cold blood.
Brian Hook, the Special envoy to Iran told reporters the following:
“On November 16th, protests were spreading throughout the country. In Mahshahr, a city in southwest Iran, a number of Iranian demonstrators blocked a road,” Hook said. “Without warning, the IRGC opened fire on the protesters, killing several people. Many of the protesters fled to nearby marshlands to escape.”
“The IRGC tracked them down and surrounded them with machine guns mounted on trucks. They then sprayed the protesters with bullets,” Hook continued. “Between the rounds of machine-gun fire, the screams of the victims can be heard. In this one incident alone, the regime murdered as many as a hundred Iranians and possibly more. When it was over, the regime loaded the bodies into trucks. We do not yet know where these bodies went, but we are learning more and more about how the Iranian regime treats its own people.”
China Weighs In
Then, the Chinese Communist Party took a turn bashing the United States.
Politico reported, “Without referencing China’s well-documented discrimination against Uighurs and other minorities or the use of police force against protesters in Hong Kong over the past year, the Chinese government condemned the ‘serious problems’ of police brutality and said “racial discrimination against minorities is a social ill in the United States.”
Oh, really China? You’re going to lecture us about human rights? Then explain this: According to Human Rights Watch, human rights defenders continue to endure arbitrary detention, imprisonment and enforced disappearance. The government maintains tight control over the internet, mass media, and academia.
Authorities stepped up their persecution of religious communities, including prohibitions on Islam in Xinjian, suppression of Christians in Henan province and increasing scrutiny of Hui Muslims in Ningxia.
Some Unsolicited Advice From Russia
Last but not least, Russia took its shot at addressing carnage in America.
Politico reported that “the Russian foreign ministry, meanwhile, took the chance Sunday to lecture the U.S. on media freedom after news outlets reported being targeted by police in the course of their work covering the protests in various cities.
RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Turgiev was pepper-sprayed in Minneapolis, prompting the ministry to express concern “about the increased number of police violence cases and unjustified detentions of journalists during their coverage of protests.” The ministry added: “we consider it unacceptable for US law enforcement officials to use special equipment — rubber bullets and tear gas — against media representatives after they present their press cards.”
Here is a little reminder for the Kremlin about how they treat journalists critical of President Vladimir Putin. The Associated Press wrote back in 2018 that “Dozens of Russian journalists have been killed or brutally beaten in recent years, in clear retribution for their work. In most cases, their attackers walked free.”
Here are two examples in a long line of murdered Russian journalists as reported by Haaretz:
“Anna Politkovskaya was a prominent journalist at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper who was famous for her critical coverage of the war in Chechnya. She was shot dead in her apartment block in 2006.
Politkovskaya chronicled the killings and torture of civilians by the Russian military. She wrote a book critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his campaign in Chechnya, documenting widespread abuse of civilians by government troops.
Kamalov, founder of a newspaper in Russia’s North Caucasus critical of authorities, was gunned down outside his office in Makhachkala, capital of the Dagestan region, in December 2011.”
Before America’s enemies go around pontificating about the supposed systemic human rights abuses in the US, they might want to take a look in the mirror. These brutal regimes are the last countries that should lecture anyone on basic human humanity and equal rights.
It’s laughable that they even tried.