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Of Rogue Nations and Evil Empireshttp://www.photius.com/rogue_nations
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Update [11-NOV-06]: "The Military Commissions Act of 2006 in the US granted officials retroactive immunity from prosecution for war crimes." [See AFP article]
For years now, there has been a lot of talk in the media, especially in the United States, about "rogue nations" or "rogue states". In his 2002 state of the union address to congress, President George W. Bush referred to an "axis of evil" that consists of Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
With all this noise about bad countries, with a persisting reference to America as the "greatest" and "best" country, and a complete absence of objective reporting about the state of human rights in the US, as well as complete ignorance among the American people about their government's long standing practice of political unilateralism, I feel that it is high time to present to the American public at least some basic information about US international diplomacy.
This page will grow as I add other material, particularly information about the notorious US judicial system, its persisting mistreatment of immigrants and other minorities, and some historical notes -- one must not ignore America's hideous past, which included policies of extermination, slavery, assassination of democratically elected foreign leaders and the advocacy and support of tyrannical dictatorships around the world.
The US has also not signed/ratified the treaties that established the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
They recently pulled out of a conference that for 7 years convened to devise effective enforcement of the treaty that banned chemical and biological weapons, causing the conference to collapse, because, the US said, allowing verification inspectors in US factories might diminish their competitive advantage and cause the loss of $$$. Now, post-anthrax, Colin Powel is making the rounds asking other countries to sign along to a US-developed newfangled nonsense, and the rest of the world is saying FU_bastards. [Update: The US threatens to attack Iraq, without provocation, citing its own fabricated evidence of Iraq's developing biological and chemical weapons, which as it turns out were originally supplied to Iraq by the US.]
The Americans (plus Israel) walked out of the conference against racism recently held in Durban, where the rest of the world signed the declaration.
They do not want to sign on to a ban of land mines.
They signed but promised to never ratify the "Kyoto" global warming treaty. As a matter of fact I saw Vice President Dick on global CNN telling mother Earth to eat cake, and he
explained that decision by saying that "the American people are accustomed to a way or
life that they should not have to compromise".
The United States has not ratified the Law of the Sea international treaty, effective in 1994, which regulates economic activity in the oceans, but, in negotiations with China it cited the treaty's coastal sovereignty language after a collision between a U.S. reconnaissance plane and a Chinese fighter jet.
The United states signed the 1989 Basel convention regulating the overseas shipment of hazardous wastes to developing nations that have few environmental safeguards or facilities, but in 2001, the Bush administration discussed ratifying the original 1989 treaty, but not 1995 amendment that would ban the shipments.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has condemned the practice and, had the US not avoided signing on to the treaties that established the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Court would have condemned them as well.
Is it likely that 6 billion people are wrong and the Americans are right? Is it surprising that Americans are the targets of terrorists? Do you think the rest of the world would shed any real tears if the Americans and the terrorists by chance eliminated each other?
In other words Americans consider themselves the ultimate arbiters of good and evil, while all along having developed a fatherless, drug and crime infested society that is hideously devoid of humanity, and where prisoners in the few states that allow post-conviction DNA testing are being let out in droves, while most states forbid such testing.
In my own case, I found out that I could not appeal US judicial decisions to international fora, because the US saw to it that they have no jurisdiction. So, while someone who feels that their human rights were violated in, say, Belgium or Peru or Pakistan can seek relief against the government in Geneva or (in the case of Western Hemisphere countries) the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, I and others whose rights were violated in the US have no recourse.
In a radio interview in July 2001 I predicted that Americans "would be turned into dust soon", and the interviewer asked whether that would take place "in several generations". That was less than 2 months before 11-Sept.
It is quite obvious to me that the American people, thinking of themselves as virtuous and righteous by definition, and being the de-facto superpower, are unlikely to change course, because of their false sense of superiority, reminiscent of the Nazi Germans' "Arian" fixation, inviting cataclysmic doom that will shock them by its magnitude and swiftness.