Be honest about America’s record – and ours
In 2000 Chomsky presented an analysis of the United States and its allies as the world’s ‘rogue states’.
George Monbiot continues:
“Obama’s failure to be honest about his nation’s record of destroying international norms and undermining international law, his myth-making about the role of the US in world affairs, and his one-sided interventions in the Middle East, all render the crisis in Syria even harder to resolve.
“Until there is some candour about past crimes and current injustices, until there is an effort to address the inequalities over which the US presides, everything it attempts – even if it doesn’t involve guns and bombs – will stoke the cynicism and anger the president says he wants to quench.” So writes George Monbiot in an article highlighted by a Moseley reader.
It made the following charges:
- that “the Pentagon has built a germ factory that could make enough lethal microbes to wipe out entire cities“;
- that the Bush government also rejected the verification protocol required to make the Biological Weapons Convention work as an effective instrument;
- that the US provides ‘cover ‘ for Israel’s weapons of mass destruction and its use of white phosphorus as a weapon in Gaza;
- that US used millions of gallons of chemical weapons in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It also used them during its destruction of Falluja in 2004;
- that the Reagan government helped Saddam Hussein to wage war with Iran in the 1980s while aware that he was using nerve and mustard gas;
- that the US remains outside the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court;
- that it committed a crime of aggression in Iraq;
- that US troops committed war crimes during the invasion and occupation of Iraq;
- that prisoners were held without trial, abused and tortured in the US run prison in Guantánamo Bay, where – as of August 2013 – 164 detainees remain.
Some years ago, Ken Veitch wrote in the Friend:
Has Britain been a lesser rogue state?
Time for change.
Posted on September 16, 2013, in Government, MPs, Parliamentary failure, Vested interests and tagged Biological Weapons Convention, Cambodia, Falluja, George Monbiot, Guantanamo Bay, International Criminal Court, Israel, Ken Veitch, Laos, Military operations, Noam Chomsky, Pentagon 'germ factory', Rogue state, The Friend, United Nations, US, Vietnam, War crimes, White phosphorus. Gaza. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.