The Rest of the World Does Not Care About Russia’s Election Meddling

The world is not extending sympathy to the United States over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. On the contrary, there is a degree of schadenfreude, especially from countries that have experienced the same treatment from the US, one of them being Russia.

That’s right, we did the same thing to Russia. More specifically, in 1996 as incumbent Boris Yeltsin was running for reelection against Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov. At one point, Yeltsin was polling in 5th place with 8% of the vote with Zyuganov in the lead. Yeltsin’s unpopularity at this time is attributed to economic devastation, but despite his shortcomings, Russian media bias, coupled with foreign interference from the US, caused Yeltsin to successfully achieve another term.

There is an almost infinite laundry list of examples similar to this in which the US at best attempted to influence elections, and at worse implemented explicit regime change.

We supported the 1973 military coup against Salvador Allende in Chile and the rise of Augusto Pinoche as he killed political dissidents and ravaged the economy. We conducted similar attempts in Iran (1953), The Dominican Republic (1965–66), Nicaragua (1982–89), Syria (1956), and Venezuela (2002).

The CIA attempted to assassinate the Republic of Congo prime minister Patrice Lumumba in 1960 after the Congolese gained independence from Belgian rule. They also attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro and Ngo Dinh Diem.

The US supported Suharto as he slaughtered landless Indonesian peasants. We supported Castelo Branco as he tortured to death tens of thousands of Brazilian citizens. We supported Syngman Rhee as he murdered South Korean citizens suspected of having communist sympathies.

Suffice to say, there are countless examples of the US interfering in foreign elections, whether by force or by subtlety. While the existence of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election is unambiguous and verified by intelligence agencies, it cannot even hold a candle to the magnitude of similar practices the US has conducted.

To a segment of the US population, Russia’s interference in the democratic process compromises the integrity of our elections. To most of the world, it’s a global superpower being given a taste of its own medicine.