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Imperial Arrogance (english)
14 Sep 2003
Due to the increasing financial cost and American casualties in Iraq, the Bush administration seeks to shift the burden of occupation to the UN and other countries, in spite of treating the UN with scorn prior to the invasion and invading Iraq without UN approval.
The United States showed its utter contempt for the United Nations and violated international law and the Geneva Conventions by waging a war of aggression against Iraq. This same rogue superpower is now begging the United Nations to provide additional cannon fodder for its occupation of Iraq. And the corporate media is reporting this as just a normal sequence of events and advocating that the so-called international community needs to come to the aid of the United States, in spite of being treated so despicably in the recent past. Do people remember French fries being renamed "freedom fries" and Donald Rumsfeld's remarks about "old Europe?" I doubt if the French or Germans will be joining the "coalition forces" in Iraq anytime soon, unless they can be bribed with some of the oil revenue. That is, if the Iraqi oil pipelines can be prevented from constantly being blown up.

The US exhibits no evident embarrassment that its weapons of mass destruction justification for war with Iraq has been shown to be a complete fabrication, and thousands of people have since suffered and died. Instead, the Bush administration is arrogantly trying to involve other nations in this war crime against the Iraqi people. The only certain weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are the tons of depleted uranium deposited there by the United States.

Obviously, the Bush administration is feeling some real pressure from the mounting US casualties and financial cost of this occupation and would like to shift the burden and human suffering to other countries, while maintaining control of Iraq and the oil reserves. This effort probably will fail, unless these countries can be sufficiently intimidated or bribed. Remember that a similar effort using these methods failed to get enough votes for the UN to approve the US invasion of Iraq.

It is interesting that in both Vietnam and Iraq American public opinion didn't turn negative until American soldiers started coming home in body bags and missing arms and legs. The Pentagon realizes this fact and tries to win all wars now very quickly, using air power alone, if possible, as they did in Yugoslavia. It saddens me to say this, but millions of dead Vietnamese and Iraqis don't seem to matter as much to many Americans as a few dead American soldiers. There is a definite discrepancy in the evaluation of the worth of foreign people's lives versus American lives. Since the civil rights movement and the respect and admiration rightly accorded to Dr. Martin Luther King, most Americans think they are not racists. However, the ease with which they accept the slaughter of people of color in the Third World belies this belief. Among other things, US foreign policy is a combination of imperial arrogance, greed and racism.
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