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russian-foreign-minister-sergei-lavrov-and-his-us-counterpart-john-kerry-outlined-the-deal-in-geneva-1212272-syriaHa ha, ha, – oh go on tell that one again!

Whilst we watch the unfolding events in Eastern Europe, the show, as always, cannot be complete without Punch turning up to keep us children in stitches.  And out he pops yesterday.

“You just do not, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text,”  Kerry told an American broadcaster on CBS.

All of which would sound more reassuring if one did not have any knowledge of American interventions without proper grounds since World War II.

So has Kerry so quickly forgotten Iraq and the war against non existent “Weapons of Mass Destruction” then?  Probably – or at least he hopes you have.  But it doesn’t just mean that.  Oh no.  Sadly there is rarely a year or two since 1945 when the United States has not seem fit to foist its military interventions on other nations.

Here is a short list of US Interventions since World War II which were on completely trumped up pretexts.  None of these “interventions” achieved much, either at the time, or in the long run.  Oh, if I’ve forgotten any, doubtless you will all tell me.

And if he thinks boycotting an International Conference is going to influence anyone he’s not of this world.

Puerto Rico 1950

Iran 1953 and 1963, and 1980, 1984, 1987-1987

Panama 1958

Guatemala 1954, 1966, 1967

Egypt 1956

Cuba 1961 & 1962

Indonesia 1965

Chile 1973

Angola 1976 – 1992

El Salvador 1981 -1992

Nicaragua 1981 – 1990

Lebanon 1982 – 1984

Granada 1983 – 1984

Honduras 1983 – 1989

Libya 1986. 1989

Bolivia 1986

Virgin Island 1989

Philippines 1989

Iraq 1990, 1991-1993, 2003 to date.

Somalia 1992 – 1994, 2006

Haiti 1994

Afghanistan 2001 to date

Columbia 2003 to your guess.

Pakistan 2005 to date

Libya 2011

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