Why does one of these 2 situations feel different ?
United States ambassador to the United Nations gives a speech criticizing Soviet Union for its human right abuses. Soviets respond by saying 'And you lynch blacks'
Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations gives a speech criticizing the United States for its human right abuses. United States responds by saying 'And you put dissidents in Gulags'
We are taught that Situation One is a classic example of 'Whataboutism', but in situation two, Americans would cheer on the United States' response, yet isn't it also Whataboutsim?
Logically I feel these 2 situations are the same, yet I agree with the US responses in situation 2, but cannot logically explain why.
Anyone wants to help me solve this puzzle?