Enough is Enough: Why Europe ‘Will No Longer Tolerate’ US Exceptionalism
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The idea of US exceptionalism has to end and there needs to be equality in global politics, said Hans-Christof Von Sponeck, a former UN assistant Secretary-General, according to RT.
Over the second half of the last century, the United States protected Europe, but in turn Washington was allowed to behave as if it was above international law. These days, Europe doesn't need protection from the United States and there has to be equality between the two parties, Von Sponeck said.
"We [Europeans] no longer want to support anyone's right to be an exception and their one-sided approach, which Washington is known for. We won't tolerate it," Von Sponeck said, as cited by RT.
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During his visit to Germany, US President Barack Obama said the US government won't turn its back on its European allies. But Von Sponeck is critical of Obama's eloquent choice of words, saying that underneath all these words the truth is that Washington could care less about the problems Europe's currently facing.
"One can always show great public speaking skills and get off the stage, while others will have to work accepting refugees. This is what the United States does," the ex-UN top official said, as cited by RT.
Von Sponeck added that all this trouble with the refugees was caused by ill-conceived policies and military intervention into Libya done by the United States, Britain and France and the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.