I don’t think any sane person could excuse Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine but some countries, like people, most definitely have little or no moral right to criticize Russia in the light of their own record over the years.
Two countries top the list of hypocrites. One is Britain which has been in the business of invading other countries and subjugating their peoples for longer than most; the other, a more recent recruit to the business of bullying foreign peoples, is the United States.
That has especially been the case in the wake of 9/11 when the US has used the threat from a few thousand Islamic extremists to cause havoc and mayhem in North and East Africa, Arabia, the Middle East and Asia.
That excellent website Tom Dispatch has published today links to a map, produced by the Watson Institute of Brown University, which calculates that since 9/11, thirty-nine million people have been displaced either from their homes or their countries as a result of US military action, more people reduced to refugees by a conflict since 1945.
You can see the full map here.
Not only is this immoral, it is also stupid since a significant portion of those forced from their homes will seek to exact revenge by joining or otherwise supporting the extremist groups that the US seeks to punish or extirpate. We saw this happening in Belfast and Northern Ireland where actions against the IRA – Bloody Sunday, internment, Castlereagh, hunger strikes – only served to inflate support for the enemy the British sought to defeat.