USA ‘Bombing in the name of democracy’ goes on

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“The countries that were bombed by the United States under the banner of establishing democracy since the end of the second world war are as follows:
China 1945-1946, Korea 1950-1953, China 1950-1953, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-1960, Guatemala 1960, Belgian Congo 1964, Guatemala 1964,  Dominican Republic 1965-1966, Peru 1965,  Laos 1964-1973, Vietnam 1961-1973, Cambodia 1969-1970,  Guatemala 1967-1969, Lebanon 1982-1984, Grenada 1983-1984, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1981-1992,  Nicaragua 1981-1990,  Iran 1987-1988, Libya 1989, Panama 1989-1990, Iraq 1991,  Kuwait 1991,  Somalia 1992-1994,  Bosnia 1995, Iran 1998,  Sudan, 1998,  Afghanistan 1998,  Serbia 1999,  Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003 and August 2014, and  Libya 2011.”

Most recently, the US and its Nato warmongers have been responsible for the massacres of more than five million Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and Egypt.

By Nisar Ali Shah
Now the US president Obama has embarked on a new adventure in Iraq wherefrom he was compelled to withdraw in 2009.  So, the dark clouds are on the horizon once more. His decision to supply weapons of mass destruction to one tribe to fight another in the same country would eventually backfire just like numerous other such self-seeking adventures when the US had to burn its fingers. No lessons have been learnt from the past experience. Learning is not in the political dictionary of America.  Bad habits die hard.

It is no surprise that Obama has not directed his guns towards Israel.  The Palestinians have named Israel as a terrorist state which has relentlessly continued oppressing and ethnically cleansing the original inhabitants for more than 65 years under the very noses of all the presidents of the United States.

Iraq is a country already torn apart from its sectarian divide as a direct result of an earlier US and Nato invasion and occupation in 2003 under the pretext that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which did not turn out to be true.

The latest foreign intervention under the pretext of humanitarian help for the Christian minority in Iraq is most likely to make a bad situation worse and divert the world’s attention from the real issue of atrocities and massacres being committed by Israel every day in Gaza, where the humanitarian needs are greater than or equal to the same suffering populace.

The double standards of the US, the UK and France may stare in the face, but the fact is that the western colonial powers care less about human beings when it comes to exploitation of their wealth.   Profits before people is the motto.  For instance, how can you differentiate between a suffering human being in Gaza and a suffering human being in Iraq?

The west would be well advised by honest and well-meaning politicians to keep away from this Iraq quagmire and let them sort out their own tribal conflicts without being presumptuous about Yazidis, Christians, Shias, Sunnis, Kurdish, Bathists, anti-Bathists, and many others of those we know little at the moment.

It would seem by all accounts that Obama, a weakened president, has succumbed to the powerful Israeli lobby in the US to further create chaos in that region to please the war criminals in Tel Aviv.

While the Arabs are fighting among themselves and world’s attention is intentionally diverted elsewhere, Israel would have a free hand to bulldoze Palestinian houses, burn olive trees, enlarge settlement areas, and change the original Arabic names of the villages beyond recognition. The present state of disturbance, confusion and uncertainty in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Gaza suits Israel perfectly.

Unless a third country, ideally a Muslim state, decides to come to the rescue with money, material, and force, the Gaza’s population is doomed to be ruined economically because of Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israel has been persistent in destroying schools, hospitals, mosques, UN-run refugee camps, and thousands of homes.

As an African descent, Obama could have changed the course of twenty-first century history by supporting the oppressed of the world.  He decided to side with the oppressors such as Israeli settlers and colonisers.

Obama has followed the same old pattern of backing the right-wing dictators if they can be used to enhance the American economic and political interest, but then get rid of them by regime change when it does not suit its purpose, accusing them of being undemocratic.

When Obama first assumed power, hopes were raised for world peace at last and less militarism.  For instance, his promise of closing down Guantanamo concentration camp was welcomed by the whole world. He highlighted the obscenity of this site in his speech which he thought was against the American values. Why did he fail to keep his promise?

Later on, he lost his common touch and to the disappointment of many nations, he proved to be an ineffective, indecisive, and easily-led president.

The countries that were bombed by the United States under the banner of establishing democracy since the end of the second world war are as follows:

China 1945-1946, Korea 1950-1953, China 1950-1953, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-1960, Guatemala 1960, Belgian Congo 1964, Guatemala 1964,  Dominican Republic 1965-1966, Peru 1965,  Laos 1964-1973, Vietnam 1961-1973, Cambodia 1969-1970,  Guatemala 1967-1969, Lebanon 1982-1984, Grenada 1983-1984, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1981-1992,  Nicaragua 1981-1990,  Iran 1987-1988, Libya 1989, Panama 1989-1990, Iraq 1991,  Kuwait 1991,  Somalia 1992-1994,  Bosnia 1995, Iran 1998,  Sudan, 1998,  Afghanistan 1998,  Serbia 1999,  Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003 and August 2014, and  Libya 2011.

Most recently, the US and its Nato warmongers have been responsible for the massacres of more than five million Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and Egypt.

The writer is a London-based journalist

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