Some may say that the EU & US is sitting on top of rather brittle high and shiny white pillars of moral indignation while condemning the acts of the Lukashenko government of Belarus in the latest state-ordered forced landing of an international flight.
On the 23rd of May Ryanair, Flight 4978 was intercepted by a fighter jet as it was leaving the Belarus airspace on its route from Athens to Lithuania, the flight was ordered to return to Minsk under the pretext of a bomb on board.
At the time of landing the flight was boarded by government agents who resolutely took the Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega into custody.
Roman Protasevich is an opposition journalist critical of the Lukashenko government.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU Commission, has on social media state that the act of ordering the flight to land was “outrageous and illegal”, which is in accordance with international law.
The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also chimed in calling the order a “Shocking act”.
However, not that long ago in 2013 the same governments that are now condemning the act themselves perpetrated a very similar act in the case of the flight from Moscow to Bolivia with the Bolivian president Evo Morales on board, which was forced to land Austria because all intermediate airspace has been closed due to US Government calls to EU governments to do so, according to the then US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
Why did they think it was ok to do this only eight years ago but not now? Edward Snowden…
Evo Morales had in an interview in Russia stated that he was willing to give Edward Snowden political asylum in Bolivia, and the assumption by the US and EU governments was that he was indeed on the plane.
Is it just me or is it a case of #confessionbyprojection ?