Monday the 16th November 2014
Paris, murder and mayhem. A look at the what and why. Are we now as guilty as the US starting the conflict that created IS and its attack on the West?
Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, armed conflict, especially US wars that violate the UN Charter, continue to plague the world. In 1945, the UN Charter was created "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." It forbids the use of military force except in self-defense after an armed attack by another state or when approved by the Security Council. Yet the three most recent US presidents have violated that command.
Bush, Clinton and Obama Circumvent the UN
In October 2001, George W. Bush led the US to attack Afghanistan, even though Afghanistan had not attacked the United States on 9/11. Nineteen men, 15 of whom came from Saudi Arabia, committed a crime against humanity. Bush's invasion of Afghanistan did not constitute lawful self-defence and the Security Council did not approve the use of force. The US war on Afghanistan has replaced Vietnam as America's longest war.
Two years later, before he invaded Iraq and changed its regime, Bush tried mightily to secure the imprimatur of the Security Council. Although the council refused to authorize "Operation Iraqi Freedom," Bush cobbled together prior Security Council resolutions from the first Gulf War in an attempt to legitimize his illegitimate war. Bush's war on Iraq was a disastrous gift that keeps on giving. It has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, led to the rise of ISIS, and dangerously destabilized the region.
John Bolton, Bush's temporary UN ambassador (a recess appointment since the Senate would never have confirmed him) infamously declared, "There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that is the United States, when it suits our interest, and when we can get others to go along."
Madeline Albright called the UN "a tool of American foreign policy." [From TRUTHOUT]
Life can only be understood backwards: but it must be lived forwards…Soren Kierkegaard.
Those words are so true, but unless we are willing to learn about what went on the past both good and bad, truth as opposed to lies, and facts as against PR spin how can we hope to make the right choices. Watch this video and observe the way a media which prides itself on presenting the ‘Truth’ as opposed to main stream media like Fox news in the US and TV3 here in NZ do the same.
What happened in Paris was wrong, is wrong, shocking and sickening…but you tell me that we should condemn what happened in Paris, and I agree. Yet we fail to condemn the mass murder in the illegal murderous invasion of Iraq, or the ordering by Obama of mass killing of innocent people by drone, which now runs into thousands.
Still as an independent nation we seem to willingly go along with the United States illegal invasions or interventions, therefore we are equally guilty of whatever crimes were and are being committed.
It most certainly appears that whatever the US wants us to do…we do…without question. While the US goes to war and murders or causes the deaths of thousands by air attack and arms and backs Israeli military as they suppress the Palestinian people by bombing them, beating them, stealing their homes and bombing their schools and hospitals, because the US lacks the guts to restrain the out of control Israeli war and death machine.
The USA’s illegal invasion of Iraq and the US military and financial support for only one group of Iraqis leads directly to the birth of what is now termed IS. Watch the video below and click back for the full video clip. It is most revealing…and directly assists in looking forward…for those with peace in mind.
Peter J WheelerWheeler@inspire.net.nz