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War crimes and the problem of false equivalency

Supporters of the territorial unity of Ukraine in the face of an unprovoked Russian onslaught may have been saddened to read accusations about the Ukraine national army of using cluster bombs against the Russian thugs who have tried to usurp government rule. Missile attacks, supposedly coming from the general vicinity of the Ukraine Army, were said to have contained shrapnel designed to spray indiscriminately over the rebel soldiers.

The American public should understand the concept of false equivalency in comparing a national army struggling to defend its own territory against Russian thugs who halted international efforts to investigate a plane crash, impose their will by force of arms and claim to want to separate huge sections of the eastern half of the nation and join with mother Russia.

One is reminded of the efforts of Bashar al-Assad in Syria to claim his chemical attacks against his own people were perpetrated by rebel forces instead. The war crimes in the Ukraine conflict are predominately coming from the Russian side, not Ukrainians. And there is no way for the Ukraine government to investigate the matter and serve justice on the perpetrators.

Trying to turn the tables on the accuser has been used as a propaganda technique in many other conflicts as well when the usurper is accused of unconscionable actions. Observers of the international community should keep this in mind when evaluating recent accusations.