US Tells Russia: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the United States supported the right to peaceful protest in Russia as it does “anywhere in the world.”

Before you begin reading, click to start the above video. It's from Dec. 13 at Occupy Portland as the Portland police move in to evict the occupy protestesters. Now is it irony, or are some people living in an alternate reality? Check out the following statement from the State Department:

Via:

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the United States supported the right to peaceful protest in Russia as it does “anywhere in the world.”

“We expect that those demonstrations will remain peaceful on behalf of all parties, whether they’re the demonstrators or whether they are those keeping social order,” she said.

“So our expectation is that if there are protests, that they will be peaceful and that they will be allowed to proceed peacefully,” Nuland said.

I read that and I see these images:

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And I wonder what does the word "support" mean in that statement:

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Does "anywhere in the world" mean anywhere but here?

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The word "peaceful" is in that statement, too. I've yet to see a single Occupy eviction that remained peaceful. There are even simply Occupy marches that aren't allowed to proceed without violent intervention by police.

I've seen how we brought "peace" to Iraq and to Afghanistan and more, and I've seen how we spread "Democracy."

The video of the brutal assault on Occupy Portland is real, as are the photographs above. The words in that statement are just that, words. Words can be difficult to take at face value and instead fall flat, unless just sometimes you actually get to see them in action.

Words will also generally fall flat when directed elsewhere if you don't live them at "home." You know, just sayin'.

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