Shawwal / Dhu'l-Qa'dah 1423 H
Volume 16-01 No : 193
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Flattery of the United States is emerging as the newest exercise in world diplomacy. The attempt by certain countries of the world to to be seen on the side of the United States in that evil power’s so- called war against terror is bound to delude them rather than the world. Crimes of the US against humanity are too evident and colossal to be shielded by its current campaign against Iraq and the Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Overt actions of Pentagon and covert actions of the CIA have caused 12 million deaths in 67 military interventions since 1945. (Ref: Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback and Bill Blum’s Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower). Besides, nearly one lakh people die every day owing to the iniquitous economic order the US has been trying to slap over the world. Bhopal gas tragedy and its cataclysmic aftermath is one reminder of the subtle threat and the terror the US multi-national corporations pose to the people of the world.
But that is not all. The US is now angling for unprecedented hegemony and is blasé about it. The National Security Strategy unveiled by President George W. Bush in the American Congress blatantly omits references to the role of the United Nations to build world peace and ensure stability. With no qualms, it arrogates to itself the role and right to lead the world ‘on the path of peace, freedom, democracy, development, free market and free trade’. Leaving no scope for velvet on the armed fist, the Strategy paper announces that all these objectives would be achieved by building unprecedented military might, and great political and economic influence.
The Strategy paper might be the outcome of the US’ perceived threats in the wake of the September 11, attack. But the US had made no bones about its aspirations to be the only global cop much before the twin towers collapsed. At the threshold of the new century itself, Rumsfeld and his cohorts had declared their Pax Americana vision in Project for a New American Century. Even before this, The US Space Command : Vision 2020 had spelt out the full spectrum of dominance objective. Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) may only be a ruse for the proposed New Year offensive against Saddam Hussein.
The United States is as much blind to the root causes of terrorism as it is alert to take benefit from the overt consequences of terrorism. The conflicts raging over the Third World owing to the violation of the human rights, grotesque injustices in the wake of the US’ machinations in the Middle East to protect the interests of their stooge Israel and keep the Arab oil flowing to them, unjust economic order that demands opening of the Third World’s natural resources for exploitation by the West based MNCs, puppet regimes in the ‘ally states’ sustained by the West et al, contribute to terrorism in no small measure. But these do not find any mention in the US strategy to combat terrorism.
The strategy talks of pre-emptive strikes against ‘rogue states’ without taking cognisance of the consequence if others also resort to the same principle of pre-emption against the US citing its past role and the unprecedented destructive potential it has built up.
The paper also refers to building up a coalition of great powers in achieving the objectives but negates the effect in the very next paragraphs. It says: ‘Consultation, yes, but we will not hesitate to act alone if necessary.’ All that it boils down to is not the quest for a genuine solidarity, but a meek endorsement in what is purely a document detailing devilish designs of the United States. Finally, it makes it official that the ‘US forces would be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing military build-up in the hope of surpassing, or even equalling, the power of the US.’
That is all for the substance. For conscience, the paper says the US would compete for peace instead of continually preparing for war. The methods are not spelt out. But a look at the US military expenditure—$ 440 billion-annually while doling out merely $ 10 billion in official development aid only makes the credibility of such proclamations extremely doubtful.
The document is a bravado-laced pronouncement of the hegemony United States aspires for and an open travesty of the principles it had so far stood by. US war on terrorism has therefore to be understood in these terms. Nations that aspire to be US allies will soon be bracketed with those striking terror rather than those who strike against terror. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s open disapproval of the US stand on Iraq has therefore to be welcomed by all those who love peace.