Sunday, 30 September 2007
Iran Gone Nuclear? Who Decides? Who is Afraid, Why? (II)
Written by Paul I. Adujie
New York, United States
After all the pre-war lies which were told by President Bush and his government before the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the current American government may soon start bombing Iran without a scintilla of efforts to even pretend to lie or pretend to proffer any excuse to Americans and the rest of the world, for invading, and in all probabilities, occupying Iran.
The drums of war against Iran is beating loudly and louder everyday.
America has no respect for international law, unless it benefits America! America has observed many UN conventions, protocols and treaties only in their breach. The US has refused to implement the UN Kyoto Protocols on efforts to attain a better world environment and fight or reduce global warning. This week, President Bush ignored a UN debate in New York, on the environment, and instead, organized an American version of the UN conference.
The US has been at loggerheads with the rest of the world and the UN, regarding the UN’s desire to implement International Criminal Court or UN ICC. The US seeks a preferential treatment for American citizens, who the US have argued, should not have to be made accountable to the UN international court.
American has frequently been in World Trade Organization WTO disputes with Canada, China and most of Europe. All, as a result of the US insistence on getting preferential treatment for its heavily subsidized agricultural industries, farms and food producers. And the US also seeks protections for its steel industry etc and so, signatories to the WTO are appalled at US frequent disregard of WTO rules ; US opponents have sued and frequently, they have prevailed against the US unfair practices. And yet, the US is the most aggressive advocate of free market and removal of subsidies. Policies which are imposed on developing nations by the US itself.
America have in my life time managed to have been strange bedfellows with unsavory and undemocratic governments in various parts of the world. America have also managed to have subverted democratically and constitutionally elected government in different parts of the world. America has frequently violated the political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, Grenada, Cuba, Panama etc all, in my life time as well. These are the lawless actions of a rogue state or who exactly defines rogue states?
America’s Central Intelligence Agency , CIA, once used a man named Manuel Noriega of Panama. When the CIA no longer needed the “services” Manuel Noriega? He was plucked by the US from his seat of power as the sitting president of Panama and dumped in a prison for 15 years in Florida, United States! A US court has just approved the deportation of Manuel Noriega to France to face money laundering charges there, more jail time is slated for Noriega in Sarkozy’s new France. Ah, Saddam Hussein used to be in the service of the United States as well, as when he fought proxy war against Iran for instance!
America fought Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua in the 1 980s and destabilized that country and the Honduras by arming anti government forces in those countries, even in violation of American laws, hence the Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan administration, remember Colonel Oliver North? And Admiral Pointdexter?
America invaded Grenada and fought Maurice Bishop, then Prime Minister, he is no more. He has not been heard from ever since.
Clearly, America has used every opportunity to subvert President Castro of Cuba and has in fact blockaded Cuba’s economy for over forty years, thereby strangulating the economy of Cuba. America has supported and financed the overthrow of President Hugo Chavez and the US almost succeeded in its efforts in 2002
America was implicated in its facilitated overthrow of President Betrand Aristide of Haiti in 2004, I certainly have nothing to say in favor of the America or anyone who play any roles in the overthrow of democracy and constitutionalism in any part of the world. Just imagine if all these countries have had atomic-nuclear WMD, just like North Korea, would the US be so fast in antagonizing them? I think not!
Apparently, America has aversion to following international law and rules. America does not care neither does it observe, obey or respect UN protocols and conventions. America does not respect treaties or conventions regarding war prisoners and torture. The US creates new names or labels, such as enemy combatants, this in order for the US to circumvent international law. The US has detained war prisoners without trial. The US also contracted-out extraordinary “rendition” of war prisoners. In plain English, the US has outsourced some unusual treatments of war prisoners to third countries. The US is engaging in illegal conducts and sometimes use the help of other countries to conduct illegalities contrary to US laws.
In this world, the law, treaties and conventions and UN resolutions are targeted at the poor individuals and poor nations. And from all available evidence, this is just the way the world works.
America has thumped its nose at the rest of the world regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it has similarly unilaterally invaded and occupied Iraq despite worldwide stiff opposition to the war against Iraq.
America, has for decades seem to have played abominable and ignominious roles in travails of Angola, Congo, Haiti, Panama, Grenada, Nicaragua and many others. Why, in view of this miserable record, does America always manage to control debate about peace, democracy and weapons proliferations? America frequently undermines foreign government that America does not like and the world seem nonchalant.
Why is this the America which practices gunboat diplomacy and bully-like mantra of might-is-power-is-right is the same America that wants to decide who could possess what weapons? Who could possess F15, F22 fighter jets and or atomic-nuclear and WMD capability? What country really has the right to decide what some other country chooses as its weapons? I take the position that any government’s resources are better spent on bread, butter and public infrastructures for human abundance. No government should waste money on weapons. Conversely, every government that can afford weapons should go ahead! No one should have atomic nuclear WMD capabilities or, everyone should have them! For mutually assured death and destruction or defense.
In a world where the UN is a toothless and clawless lion, President Bush shunned a global opposition to the continued occupation of Iraq, Bush is instead preparing for a parallel invasion and occupation of another Persian Gulf nation of Iran, based on the trumped up charges of nuclear ambition.
Only this week, The New York Times had an editorial in which it was alerting the world about the probability of an American invasion and occupation of Iran, it was titled, “The Crazies and Iran” the newspaper discussed the near cavalier attitude of American war mongers regarding military actions being loudly contemplated against Iran.
America from all indications often act contrary to world opinion. America led Europeans and Israel in undermining and stifling of a popularly elected constitutional and democratic government for Palestine, just because America did not like the winners of a free and fair elections!
America had engaged in similar subversion of constitutional and democratic leaders in Algeria, because they were too close to Islam; And in Egypt, democrats, members of the Islamic Brotherhood were opposed by the Americans because Americans did not like them. But be reminded that President Bush’s power and electoral base, is dominated by extreme right-wing ultra religious Christian conservatives evangelicals!
America obviously does not seem to mind mixing religious orthodoxy with politics in America, but the same America is alarmed by religious influences in Algerian, Iranian, Egyptian politics and elections?
Why is America perpetually interfering in the affairs of independent sovereign nations? Why is America afraid of incremental democracy in these lands where America resorts to subversions and usurpations?
True democracy must be given time to develop and grow in orderly manner, with due attention and respect to local conditions and circumstances. Democracy does not have to come from America, pre-fabricated as it were; there must be no requirements to be pro-America or be a puppet of America before it is respected as a democracy!
Who, anyways, defines true democracy? I like globalization, but who defines globalization? Must globalization mean that America and its allies remain producers, while the rest of the world is condemned to dumping ground consumer status, where cheap labor may be had? Must world peace rely on the old world order of inequitable division of power entrenched in the establishment of the United Nations over 62 years ago? Must world peace depend on preventing developing countries from protecting their nations and best national interests, because America and its allies do not approve?
Why is this the America which practices gunboat diplomacy and bully-like mantra of might-is-power-is-right is the same America that wants to decide who could possess what weapons? Who could possess F15, F22 fighter jets and or atomic-nuclear and WMD capability? What country really has the right to decide what some other country chooses as its weapons? I take the position that any government’s resources are better spent on bread, butter and public infrastructures for human abundance. No government should waste money on weapons. Conversely, every government that can afford weapons should go ahead! No one should have atomic nuclear WMD capabilities or, everyone should have them! For mutually assured death and destruction or defense. Iran must not be invaded and occupied under any false pretext, just as Iraq was. Where, in view of the abundance of evidence, does America (and France) find the audacity to engage in preachments against Iran’s nuclear ambitions?