Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on nations of the world to unite in the fight to end global terrorism and move away from the Bush administration whose policies have seriously damaged that struggle. He noted in the aftermath of 9/11, “the solidarity of the international community fostered on the wave of struggle against terrorism” because of Bush’s invasion of Iraq which had nothing to do with defeating terrorism or proliferation of nuclear weapons. Lavrov blamed the Bush administration for attempting to assume leadership as a serious mistake because it allows a single nation to decide what one must or cannot do in fighting terrorism.
In a direct attack on United States foreign policy, the Russian diplomat said there needs to be world unity in fighting terrorism under the UN and there has to be an end to “double standards “when we fight against violations of international law such as the Georgia invasion of South Ossetia. He also called for a new European treaty dealing with security issues.
Lavrov has a Russian agenda, but there is no doubt the invasion of Iraq was the single worse decision regarding fighting terrorism.