The U.S. claims that it supports democracy and human rights. “Unfriendly” nations that the U.S. claims are violating these desired norms risk being attacked or sanctioned. Despite the government’s claims, U.S. actions are often taken to benefit its banks and other corporate interests or to undermine alternative political/economic models.
Unfortunately, citizens here have been so propagandized by the government, mainstream media and the education system that they blindly accept this U.S. claim. Moreover, many citizens believe that if the U.S. committed a war crime, it was done with the best of intentions.
Too many people in this country don’t realize that the U.S. was founded on two original sins — the genocide of American Indians and slavery of black people. Both these groups were and still are denied fair and just treatment.
In the international arena, the U.S. created the Monroe Doctrine that essentially told European powers to stay out of this hemisphere as it was ours to control. Central and South American nations have long suffered the attacks of the U.S. military or the threat of an attack. The U.S. has overthrown or supported the overthrow of many governments in this hemisphere and elsewhere. A few examples of U.S.-staged or supported coups include Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, Chile in 1973 and Ukraine in 2014.
During World War II, U.S. war crimes included the indiscriminate fire-bombing of German cities that caused a large number of civilian deaths and widespread destruction. This procedure was repeated against Japanese cities and was followed by the unnecessary and appalling use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1950, a civil war in Korea started, and the U.S. and the U.N. quickly engaged in the fighting. The U.S. conducted an intensive bombing campaign, and about 12 percent to 15 percent of the North Korean population were killed. The U.S. aggression against the Viet Cong and North Vietnam soon followed. Chemical weapons, in addition to more indiscriminate bombing, were also used widely against the Vietnamese. No sanctions or reparations were imposed on the U.S. for any of its war crimes.
More recently, based on U.S. lies, the U.S. destabilized the Middle East causing incredible suffering and turning several nations into failed states. In addition, while allegedly opposing terrorism, the U.S. strongly supports the state terrorism of Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Somehow, the U.S. population sees nothing hypocritical in the U.S., the country most widely viewed as a threat to world peace in 2013, a country that uses torture and assassinations via drones, and a consistent violator of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, deciding which nations may have nuclear weapons as well as which nations deserve to be sanctioned or to be attacked. Shamefully, other Western nations go along with this insanity.
The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s “Peace Train” runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.