Call it whataboutism, state propaganda, Chinese hypocrisy, or whatever. But the latest report by the state-controlled China Society for Human Rights Studies blaming the United States for causing the most humanitarian disasters with its “aggressive wars” and military interventions over many decades makes for compelling reading. It reads like an updated version of the political work of Noam Chomsky, the world-famous linguist who is best-known for his critique of US foreign policy and its disastrous consequences around the world. Since the 1960s, the nonagenarian scholar who is one of the seminal thinkers of the 20th century, has been exposing the duplicity of the mainstream US media, including its most respected newspapers and magazines, to enable the American war machine and/or its allied right-wing dictatorships to roll over any country or popular movement it deems to be a threat to US national security or business interests, all usually amounting to the same thing. As recounted or counted by the Chinese human rights group, out of 248 armed conflicts globally from 1945 to the present, the US had started 201 of them; that’s 81 per cent! Actually, that’s not quite fair. It should have qualified as having initiated, supported, prolonged, financed and/or otherwise enabled continuing the killings and misery way longer than the conflicts would have ended by themselves; and more recently, in Syria, Libya and Yemen. Outright invasion and occupation after 1945 have become less frequent, despite famous ones such as the Cuban Bay of Pigs, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, the two Gulf wars and the Afghan war. They were not so rare before the second world war and during the 19th century, but primarily confined to Central and South America. Instead, the preferred methods have been subversion, assassinations (now targeted drone killings), coups d’etat and sponsorship of state terrorism by friendly dictators, including the training of “special forces” death squads. Still, there were lesser-known invasions: US-ruled Puerto Rico in 1950; Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam war; the Dominican Republic in 1965; Grenada in 1983; and Panama in 1989. Since inception, it has been estimated that the US has invaded or fought in 84 of the world’s 193 countries and has been militarily involved in 191 of them – all operations in the name of just cause, no doubt! When Washington goes into overdrive over human rights, it’s a sure sign that it is about to violate a lot more of them.