So, Pompous Mike Pompeo thinks “The situations around the Golan Heights and Crimea are…” well “…it’s complicated, but suffice it to say as we evaluated each of those situations we felt that they were manifestly different as a matter of international law, and we attempted to recognize that distinction.”
Far be it from me to actually agree with anything that Pompous Mike has ever said but, on this occasion, I can find no fault in his arguments. The situations are ‘manifestly different’. Obviously so. The ‘fact patterns’ clearly show that.
Fact Pattern – A set of relationships that have been established for an event from which a legal conclusion can be drawn.
But that is as far as it goes, because his, or ‘their’ – whoever the “we” refers to – ‘evaluation’ of the two situations is so screwed up as to be unbelievable. Not that he actually says what the results of those ‘evaluations’ are (or what the fact patterns are), but really we don’t need that to be spelled out in so many words. We know, from the policies of the US government exactly what their ‘evaluations’ are.
They do not accept that the Israeli occupied Golan Heights is land that, under international law, was stolen by Israel (a state that should not even exist under international law) from Syria – it’s rightful owner. A position that is even taken by the United Nations. That is one, to use Pompous Mike’s pompous phrase, ‘fact pattern’ – a phrase carefully chosen to provide his musings with an air of legality.
The other situation demonstrates an entirely different ‘fact pattern’. The US government obviously still thinks that Crimea belongs to Ukraine when the ‘facts’ are that Ukraine so badly mistreated Crimea that, as soon as the opportunity arose, the people of Crimea overwhelmingly decided and in a democratically legal referendum voted to leave the abusive Ukraine in favour of their true Motherland – Russia. Meaning that Ukraine has for ever lost any legal right it was temporarily granted as custodian of the Crimea.
It escapes me how anyone, even Pompous Mike Pompeo, while summarising the situation perfectly, could possibly see the detail of these two situations as anything other than how I have briefly described.