“What does imperialism mean? It means the assertion of absolute force over others.”—Robert Lowe, 1878
The G-20 ministers declared their meeting in Pittsburgh a success, but as Rob Kall reports in OpEdNews.com, the meeting’s main success was to turn Pittsburgh into “a ghost town, emptied of workers and the usual pedestrians, but filled to overflowing with over 12,000 SWAT cops from all over the U.S.”
This is “freedom and democracy” at work. The leaders of the G-20 countries, which account for 85 percent of the world’s income, cannot meet in an American city without 12,000 cops outfitted like the emperor’s stormtroopers in Star Wars. And the U.S. government complains about Iran.
The U.S. government’s complaints about Iran have reached a new level of shrillness. On Sept. 25, Obama declared, “Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow.” The heads of America’s British, French and German puppet states added their two cents’ worth, giving the government of Iran three months to meet the “international community’s demands” to give up its rights as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to nuclear energy. In case you don’t know, the term “international community” is shorthand for the U.S., Israel and Europe, a handful of arrogant and rich countries that oppress the rest of the world.
Who is breaking the rules? Iran or the United States?
Iran is insisting that the U.S. government abide by the Non-Proliferation Treaty that the U.S. originated and pushed, and that Iran signed. But the U.S. government, which is currently engaged in three wars of aggression and has occupying troops in a number of other countries, insists that Iran, which is invading and occupying no country, cannot be trusted with nuclear energy capability because the capability might in the future lead to nuclear weapon capability, like Israel’s, India’s and Pakistan’s—all non-signatories to the nuclear proliferation treaty, countries that, unlike Iran, have never submitted to IAEA inspections.
Indeed, at this very moment, the Israeli government is screaming and yelling “anti-Semite” to the suggestion that Israel submit to IAEA inspections. Iran has submitted to the IAEA inspections for years.
In keeping with its obligations under the treaty, on Sept. 21, Iran disclosed to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it is constructing another nuclear facility. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown confused Iran’s disclosure with “serial deception” and declared, “We will not let this matter rest.”
What matter? Why does Brown think that Iran’s disclosure to the IAEA is a deception? Does the moronic British prime minister mean that Iran is claiming to be constructing a plant but is not, and thus by claiming one is deceiving the world?
Not to be outdone in idiocy, out of Obama’s mouth jumped Orwellian doublespeak: “The Iranian government must now demonstrate through deeds its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law.”
The incongruity blows the mind. Here is Obama, with troops engaged in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, demanding that a peaceful nation at war with no one demonstrate “its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law.”
It is the U.S. government and its NATO puppet states, and militarist Israel, of course, that need to be held accountable to international law. Under international law, the U.S., its NATO puppets and Israel are war criminal governments. There is no doubt about it. The record is totally clear.
The U.S., Israel and the NATO puppet states have committed military aggression exactly as did Germany’s Third Reich, and they have murdered large numbers of civilians. Following the Fuhrer’s script, “the great democratic republics” have justified these acts of lawlessness with lies and deceptions.
Rudy Giuliani, the former U.S. attorney who framed high-profile victims in order to gain name recognition for a political career, keynoted a rally against Iran in New York on Sept. 25. According to Richard Silverstein at AlterNet, the rally was sponsored by an Israeli lobby group and an organization with connections to an Iranian terror organization (probably financed by the U.S. government) that calls for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government.
The efforts to build pressure for acts of war against Iran continue despite the repeated declaration from the IAEA that there is no sign of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, and despite the reaffirmation by U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program years ago.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israeli governments, who are so solicitous of international law and holding accountable countries that violate it, have moved to prevent the report of Judge Richard Goldstone from reaching the U.N. Security Council. Why?
Judge Goldstone’s report found Israel guilty of war crimes in its massive military assault against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza.
The continuous efforts of the world’s two militarist-aggressor states—the United States and Israel—to demonize Iran was addressed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23.
Ahmadinejad spoke of the assault on human dignity and spiritual values by the selfish material interests of the U.S. and its puppet states. Seeking hegemony “under the mantle of freedom,” the U.S. and its puppets use “the ugliest methods of intimidation and deceit” to disguise that they are “the first who violate” the fundamental principles that they espouse and apply to others.
Why, Ahmadinejad asked the U.N. General Assembly, do the countries of the world sit there while Israel murders and dispossesses the Palestinian people?
Why, asked Ahmadinejad, do the countries of the world sit there while the U.S., from thousands of miles away, sends troops to the Middle East, “spreading war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation in the whole region,” while blaming the countries that are suffering the West’s naked aggression?
Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly what most of the U.N. representatives already know, that
selfishness and insatiable greed have taken the place of such humanitarian concepts as love, sacrifice, dignity and justice . . . . Lies have taken the place of honesty; hypocrisy has replaced integrity, and selfishness has taken the place of sacrifice. Deception in foreign affairs is called foresight and statesmanship, looting the wealth of other nations is called development efforts; occupation is said to be a gift that promotes freedom and democracy; and defenseless nations are subjected to repression in the name of defending human rights.
It could not be put any clearer. If Ahmadinejad’s speech is reported by the U.S. print and TV media, however, statements will be taken out of context and used to enrage the conservatives and Christian Zionists in order to unify them behind the Obama-Israeli assault on Iran.
America will not be satisfied until, like Rome, she has more enemies and more wars than she can survive.
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