Without prejudice, if we examine the facts of many international events, it was the so-called “human rights” countries that engage in the on-going military actions, economic sanctions and covert operations throughout the world against countries not towing their line of interest since the second world war are the main cause of conflicts across the world.
Millions across the globe from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America been killed, injured, displaced or forced into poverty as a result of these “civilised” governments actions and selfish behaviour. Below are just a few examples:
After causing million of deaths, injuries, displacements and suffering, the American lead “civilise” world lost the war in Vietnam, did the world become worst off? Did the reason for war - the so-called ‘Domino Effect’ become reality after the US lead Coalition been defeated? I have been asking myself many times, why do a lovely country like Australia has to engaged in each and every war (crime) the United State or United Kingdom committed throughout the world? Is this some kind of tribal behaviour at International level?
The cruel reality is that, the US government and the chemical company knew about the toxic nature of the chemical they used. Unfortunately, Australia also involved in the used of Agent Orange against the Vietnamese during the war.
According to Marjorie, “U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam have experienced similar illnesses.” They have been compensated through their lengthy legal action taken against the chemical company after the war. However, “when the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange sued the chemical companies in federal court, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that Agent Orange did not constitute a poison weapon prohibited by the Hague Convention of 1907.”
This is so much for the human right record of the so-called “civilise” world. A term promoted by George Bush, John Howard and Tony Blair during their anti-terror war campaign.
The Irony is, more then 30 years after the war when the public already forgotten the brutality and injustice of the war, the Bush Administration begin to honour the Vietnam War Veterans in 2002, while our right wing leader in Australia, Kevin Rudd also follow suit to honour the Vietnam War Veterans in 2008.
I wonder, what will be the respond of these Western’s leaders, if the new Prime Minister of Japan decided to honour their soldiers who involved in the bombing of Darwin and Pearl Harbour during the Second World War? What about the scenario of a future German Chancellor honouring the war veterans serving under the Nazi Germany? Didn’t these soldiers simply followed orders? Shouldn’t they be honour for their bravery as well?
The West seem to be unable to learn from its past mistake. As a result history seem to repeat itself against and again, before and after the Vietnam War.
The Illegal Invasion of Iraq:
The illegal invasion of Iraq (without United Nation endorsement) in 2003 using fabricated evident by George Bush, John Howard and Tony Blair as an excuse for invasion had against causing million of deaths, injuries, displacement and suffering to the Iraqi people. 6 years on, did Iraq become better off? The following links will provide you some insight of what has gone on so far in Iraq:
(1) My favourite YouTube Video: Free Iraq, Free Tibet, a very good cause
(3) New York Time, 14 August 2009: Idle Iraqi Date Farms Show Decline of Economy
(4) AlterNet, 17 August 2009: How the Tattoo Industry's Decline in Baghdad Reveals That Life Is Better in Iraq Without the U.S. Around
(5) AlterNet, 3 August 2009: In Northern Iraq, Journalists Who Expose Government Corruption Can Pay a Deadly Price
(6) Alternative Insight: The Painful future of Iraq
(7) The Guardian, 24 march 2009: Iraq's brutal executions
(8) New York Time, 13 July 2009: Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles
The above are just a fractions of what has gone wrong in Iraq after the invasion. The issue of wide spread torture in Iraq by the coalition forces (USA, UK, Australia), election fraud, sectarian violence and the used of banned weapon: depleted uranium and the influence of religious in the war etc., are areas that yet to explore.
Like the Vietnam war, it is now generally agreed that this is another fatal mistake made by the right wing conservative’s Western governments. It is already not a secret that the actual motive behind this war is to control the oil supply in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole.
Before the invasion, our peace loving western public marched on the street across the world campaigned against the invasion. Did our elected governments respect the will of the people? So much for ‘democracy’!
The invasion of Afghanistan:
8 Years after the invasion of Afghanistan, again, beside causing million of death, injury, displacement and suffering, what have the “civilise world” achieved so far?
Women rights after invasion:
Did the human right of Afghan’s women become better off under the coalition backed Karzai’s government? The answer is no! The Guardian dated 14 August 2009: Afghanistan passes 'barbaric' law diminishing women's rights - Rehashed legislation allows husbands to deny wives food if they fail to obey sexual demands.
Drug Trade after invasion:
Did Afghanistan drug trade in better control then before the invasion? The answer is another NO! Why? Click on the following for detail:
(1) The reality is a year before the invasion, the Taliban government managed to drastically reduce the drug trade by almost 96%—According to the United Nations Drug Control program, the Taliban begun to prohibit poppy production in 2000 with outstanding outcome - Poppy production had dropped from a million pounds in 1999 to 40,500 pounds in 2001. However, after the invasion:
(2) New York Times, 27 August 2009: Afghan Drug Trade link to (US backed) Karzai’s government.
(3) United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime report - Afghanistan Opium Survey 2007: Afghan Opium Output in 2007 nearly double estimated annual global consumption.
(4) For full history of Afghanistan drug trade during the last 8 years of invasion, click here.
Democracy after invasion:
Again, did Afghanistan become a ‘civilise’ democracy? The answer is again NO NO! Why? Click on the following for detail:
Despite all the above undemocratic, abusive and corrupted behaviour by the Karzai’s government. The US backed coalition will continue to backed the Karzai government - Washington Post 29 September 2009.
Afghanistan Sovereignty after the invasion:
As usual, the invasion of Afghanistan is more then “anti-terror”. It is more of a resources control and/or Geo-political arrangement. Just like the invasion of Iraq, it is for oil—not weapon of mass destruction, anti-terror or democracy or human right. These are just excuses for invasion.
(1) New York Times, 18 may 2009: Ex-U.S. Envoy May Take Key Role in Afghan Government
(2) Religious influence in the war (1): Caught on Tape: Military Officials at Bagram Urge U.S. Soldiers to Evangelize in Afghanistan
(3) Religious influence in this war (2): Bush's Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to "Erase" Mid-East Enemies "Before a New Age Begins"
(4) Religious influence in this war (3): Rumsfeld mixed Bible with intelligence for Bush: report
(5) Afghan War: NATO Builds History's First Global Army
Human rights vs. State Terrorism
The West often used human right as excuses to bomb, invade and impose economic sanction against nations not towing their line of interest across the world. However, the way warfare was conducted in an indiscriminatory manner is no different from the terrorists they pledge to eliminate. The only different is, the weapons used by the West are much more lethal and powerful with hundreds time more killing power. The consequences on human cost is much bigger:
(1) New Evidence - Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War.
(2) U.N. Official Calls for Review of American Raids—The number of civilian casualties rose 40 percent in 2008
(3) Costs of war: The civilian casualty issue - US military continues to see the problem as a public relations issue, not a question of tactics. That is, human life is not a concern to the US lead coalition forces at all.
(4) Swedish Charity: Troops ransack Afghan hospital.
(5) Latest UN report (23 June 2009) by the Secretary General on civilian killed by US forces
Like the war in Vietnam and Iraq, the Coalition forces spent billion of dollars in the relentless and indiscriminatory bombing and killing of civilians in Afghanistan. Only a small fraction of such money been used for any kind of development. According to the United Nation:
“Afghanistan is ranked 181 out of 182 countries for human development indices. Life expectancy has fallen to 43 years since the U.S. invasion. Forty percent of the population is unemployed, and 42 percent live on less than $1 a day.”
The elected politicians continue to disregard the public opinion for troop withdrawal and their own soldiers suffering and repeated called to end the ruthless war:
(1) 'There Is No Way I Will Deploy to Afghanistan' -- Seeds of Dissent in the U.S. Military Are Growing
(2) In UK: The soldier who didn't want to fight- Jail 2 year
(3) In US: The rising toll of suicides in the military has hit a National Guard unit particularly hard
(4) According to the Clarus Research Group: (6 Oct 2009): Afghanistan Survey Suggests More Americans Resigned to "Endless War"
(5) According to PEW Survey (31 August 2009) - Few in NATO Support Call For Additional Forces in Afghanistan
(6) A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of nations around the world finds that most publics polled believe that the Afghan people want NATO forces to leave Afghanistan now
The American base independent media, The Alternet recently posted a report (5 Oct 2009): ‘The Human Cost of War: The Images the Corporate Media Doesn't Want You to See’ - Robert Greenwald's Rethink Afghanistan brings you jarring images of civilian suffering.
Despite the fact that, the issue of Afghanistan and Iraqi refugees was a direct result of the Western invasion, our then ‘civilise world’ Prime Minister, John Howard not only failed to extend assistance to the refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan, he was cashing in on the suffering of the arriving refugees in the course of an election campaign through his famous Children Overboard lie, and his inhumane neo-colonialism pacific solution and the policy of mandatory detention of refugees.
If one begin to examine the last 2000 years of Western history, I could only think of two word to describe: “ruthless” and “bloody” across the world:
The Jews were slaughtered and chased out of their homeland in Jerusalem 2000 years ago by the Roman, not the Muslim. In fact, those Jews whom survived the Roman oppression had been living peacefully side by side in the Middle East with the Muslim for centuries until the West begin to colonise the Middle East and slaughter the Jews in Europe, and meddle with the geo-politics of the Middle East.
The three centuries of the crusader movement - one hand holding sword and the other cross, with the intention to convert the world into Christianity and eliminate those refused to comply were just another shocking human right record of the West.
The suffering and mass killing of the indigenous population in Australian, New Zealand, Canada, America, South America, and the slavery of African, etc were simply another group of statistics showing the massive human right violation of the West against humanity across the globe.
Strictly speaking, the First World War was basically an European war. The Second World War begin in Europe as well. I have no doubt, if there ever be a third world war, it will again be started by the West.
Today, we have a situation where country with 15,000 nuclear war heads, a well established global Missiles Defence System, over 700 overseas military bases and a history of world wide aggression complaint about ‘imaginary’ threat from countries yet to have any of those military hardware and deployment — for example, the unfound allegation of WMD against Iraq 6 years ago and now against Iran. So, when will be the next invasion and atrocity going to take place?
History indicated that the “elite culture” in the West is extremely fanatical and brutal in its policy of assimilation. The West is painfully slow in accepting any truth beyond their preaching or value system. It took more then a century for the West to acknowledge and accept the scientific truth and the finding of one of our greatest scientist, Galileo Galilei that: “The Sun at the center of the Universe not the Earth.”
For that reason, I am not surprised why a political system described by Winston Churches as “the worst form of government” is best suite for the Western culture.
I can also imagine how hard it was for the peace loving western ancestors - victims of brutal oppression by the Western’s elites to put in place a system of government base on a set of balancing structure consist of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature. And a series of legal framework to ensure personal freedom such as free speech, free expression, free press, the right to vote and the separation of religion from politic, etc to ensure the basic right for the future of their children.
Despite all these, the Western system of government have produced dictators such as Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy a number of decades ago. Even a primary school kid from the movie “Maid in Manhattan” know that you have to lie to become a President. The West should seek to improve it own political system before trying to force upon the world to accept it.
In short, the West should allocate their resources to solve their own internal problem of homeless, crime, unemployment, pollution, political system and leave the world alone to develop their own system of government base on the characteristic of their own unique culture, social, economic condition, ethnic mix and history. Any sincere assistance should only be done on the background through friendly advice, financial assistance, education program, and so on.
High profile politicking, convert operation and economic sanction will only result in defensive measure from the other parties and will worsen the human right situation. The West should encourage ethnic reconciliation instead of confrontation through NED and other funding.
History already proven that, the world is better off without the West interfering, and the most humane thing the West can do for the rest of the world is to MYOB.
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