(OpEdNews.com) -- When U.S. president Barack Obama began unilaterally bombing Islamist militants in northern Iraq, some Americans and Europeans may have thought he was doing the right thing to protect endangered Christians, Kurds, and ancient Yazidis.
What will those folks think in the coming days or weeks when Russian president Vladimir Putin unilaterally sends Russian troops into eastern Ukraine on a "peacekeeping" mission to protect pro-Russian dissidents from being wiped out by the oligarchs in Kiev and their neo-Nazi henchmen?
Russian and American spin-masters will have no difficulty differentiating their own "humanitarian" venture from the imperialistic militarism of the other. But the similarities are striking.
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Obama chose to protect certain endangered Iraqis at the very moment he was sending arms and intelligence to help the Israelis decimate the Palestinians in Gaza, while Putin will be defending his own kind -- Russians and pro-Russians -- from some other kind who happen to be Ukrainians. Humanitarian? Hardly.