The good guys in Venezuela are fed up with the government and you hardly hear about it on the news.
There is a good vs. good guy fight in Ukraine, two reasonable and understandable views of the nation’s proper orientation to Western Europe vs. Russia. Yet the West is curiously silent about the advent of political violence in a hitherto peaceful country. While both sides have legitimate viewpoints, and I have no strong view on it myself as an outsider, we should generally not be in favor of violent change in otherwise democratic regimes. Yet we’ve been mucking it up there with our reflexive and threatening anti-Russian views since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004.
But in Syria we take the side not of violent protesters but violent terrorists and threaten the only force of order in the country.
And in Ossetia we oppose ethnic self-determination in favor of Christian people, even as we support the anti-Christian separatism (with air strikes no less) of the Kosovar Albanians.
Our foreign policy establishment is not clever or nuanced, but schizophrenic and ahistorical. We’re not even playing a game of realpolitik.