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United States and Broken Treaties: Old Story Gets New Twist
30 Jul 2001
In only half a year of the reign of George Bush II, US foreign policy has veered strangely to the isolationist and unilateralist position of an irresponsible rogue superpower. This will have profound implications for the management of Pax Americana and has the potential to lead to accelerated breakdown of the Washington Consensus, and the American-styled Globalist Project itself.
BROKEN TREATIES AND BROKEN PROMISES -- OLD WINE IN NEW GLOBAL BOTTLES

This time, rather than betraying the First Nations by violating over 350 separate treaties, or never fulfilling promises made (and what of reparations guaranteed but never enacted after the Civil War? - i.e., "40 acres and a mule") the United States of America in the year 2001 may very well set a record for pulling out of international treaties and initiatives.

Adding to Clinton's shameful legacy of opposing the landmine treaty and the international criminal court, the Bush Administration has gone many steps further. In a sense, it is frankly admitting to its narrow short-term self-interests, masked for 8 years by Clinton's doublespeak, that the US reigns over a "Pax Americana" of sorts, maintained by brute and overwhelming force and bread and circuses. "Might makes right" in the place of democratic values or progressive ideals, stands in as the only fount of legitimacy for an Imperial hyperpower such as the US at its height. Its privilege and wealth, in the face of overwhelming suffering in the world, can only be justified and maintained by military force, and that is what the Bush administration acknowledges by the Praetorian steps of its foreign policy.

Here's the running tally of arrogance and the noisy and noxious bumblings of an Emperor without clothes:

* Bush administration will not seek Senate ratification of International Criminal Court.

* US has withdrawn from Kyoto Protocol, signed by 178 countries to stem the menace of global warming.

* US will unilaterally abrogate 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the cornerstone of nuclear security and the non-militarization of space.

* US will dilute United Nations agreement to reduce illegal trafficking in small arms.

* US has effectively killed strengthening enforcement provisions in the 26-year-old international biological weapons convention.

* US has indefinitely deferred seeking ratification of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

* US has also indefinitely deferred seeking ratification for 1993 nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia.

* US remains along with Somalia (which doesn't exist as a state anymore), the lone holdout, of all UN member states, on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

* US only country to abstain from a UN human rights resolution intended to improve access to drugs for treatment of HIV/AIDS.


And the clincher that brings the history of injustice full circle:


* US threatens to pull out of global conference on racism, partly due to language on reparations for slavery and colonialism.


Note: The US does enthusiastically support free trade pacts such as the WTO and FTAA, yet regularly flouts their rules with protectionist measures. This only confirms the suspicion of other countries that the US wants full access to the foreign markets, but is unwilling to play by the rules it has itself set.
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