World-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky highlighted the hypocrisy of U.S. government leaders denouncing and demanding accountability for war crimes allegedly committed by Russian forces waging war on Ukraine during an interview published Thursday.\r\n\r\nFor just over an hour, Chomsky spoke with The Intercept\u0026#039;s Jeremy Scahill about Russian President Vladimir Putin\u0026#039;s February invasion of Ukraine, media coverage of the war, how governments around the world have responded, and the need to move toward \u0022a diplomatic settlement.\u0022\r\n\r\nTheir conversation follows U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month reiterating his condemnation of Putin as a \u0022war criminal\u0022 and urging a war crimes trial—which sparked global discussions about the United States\u0026#039; longtime opposition to the International Criminal Court (ICC).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re a rogue state, the leading rogue state by a huge dimension—nobody\u0026#039;s even close,\u0022 Chomsky said of the United States. \u0022And yet we can call for war crimes trials of others, without batting an eyelash.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s interesting to look at the reaction to all of this in the more civilized part of the world, the Global South,\u0022 he continued. \u0022They look at it; they condemn the invasion, say it\u0026#039;s a horrible crime. But the basic response is: What\u0026#039;s new? What\u0026#039;s the fuss about? We\u0026#039;ve been subjected to this from you from as far back as it goes. Biden calls Putin a war criminal; yeah, takes one to know one. It\u0026#039;s the basic reaction.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs proof of this position, Chomsky pointed to which nations have and have not responded to Russia\u0026#039;s invasion of Ukraine—which has caused thousands of civilian deaths and injuries and led millions of people to flee to neighboring countries—with sanctions.\r\n\r\n\u0022The United States doesn\u0026#039;t understand why most of the world doesn\u0026#039;t join in sanctions,\u0022 Chomsky said. \u0022Which countries join in sanctions? Take a look. The map is revealing. The English-speaking countries, Europe, and those who apartheid South Africa called honorary whites: Japan, with a couple of its former colonies. That\u0026#039;s it. The rest of the world says: Yeah, terrible, but what\u0026#039;s new? What\u0026#039;s the fuss about? Why should we get involved in your hypocrisy?\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The U.S. can\u0026#039;t understand that,\u0022 he claimed, going on to add that \u0022there\u0026#039;s a lot of work to do in the United States simply to raise the level of civilization to where we can see the world the way the traditional victims see it. If we can rise to that level, we can act in a much more constructive way with regard to Ukraine as well.\u0022\r\n\r\nScahill\u0026#039;s interview with the University of Arizona professor comes as Biden pumps more weapons into Ukraine amid uncertainty about a potential diplomatic deal and after Chomsky warned last week that Russia and the United States are pushing the planet toward \u0022the most dangerous point in human history,\u0022 citing both the war on Ukraine and the climate emergency.