WESTERN POLICIES – A THREAT TO HUMANITY
By Shaikh Mohommad
Last year, we noticed during the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadhan that while Iraq was being bombed, the media was repeatedly talking about Saddam Hussain and his weapons of mass destructions. Like a mantra, President Clinton and his supporters were uttering the words “weapons of mass destruction”, giving the impression that Saddam Hussain is threatening the whole world. The media, instead of putting West on the spotlight, was examining Saddam Hussain and his weapons of mass destruction.
We can get a true picture of what is happening if we also examine the policies pursued by the West. What are their objectives and what means are being adopted by the West to achieve them. Only facts can help us to see the whole problem in correct perspectives. The media, alas, ignores facts and publishes lies after lies. This article is an attempt to rectify the situation by giving facts.
Let us remind ourselves of some of the events – past and present – which will give us some idea of the policies that the West tries to implement.
I do not like to go into history and refer to the massacres and genocide committed against native Americans or against native Australians (aborigines) or the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
I refer to the assassination of Patricia Lumumba of Congo in 1961, killing of Diem of South Vietnam in 1963, murdering of President Allende of Chile in 1973 and various unsuccessful attempts to murder Fidel Castro of Cuba, suppression of will of the people by Algerian junta with the active help of France. Bombing of a Sudanese factory manufacturing medicines was carried out only last year. And now United States congress has authorised the use of money and arms “for sabotage operations targeting roads, communications and electricity installations and attacks on army patrols”. (Sunday Times 24/1/1999).
We should also remember genocide committed in Bosnia which was facilitated by arms embargo which denied Bosnians to defend against the slaughter carried by the Serbs. . Francis Boyle, on behalf of the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina had charged all the leading nations of today’s world with aiding and abetting genocide, and the suit was only withdrawn from the world court under protest and upon immense pressure by the American, British and other European governments.
The events in Kosova are now folding before us and another attempt to annihilate people is taking place. Massacres take place in Kosova and verifiers on the ground merely count how many people died. In other words, genocide is taking place in Kosova under the supervision of European observers.
The above are in brief some of the actions bordering on crimes against humanity committed by the Western Governments.
Let us also look at Israel – a client state of the West. State of Israel is the only country formed by the use of force and force was eventually accepted by United Nations. Violations of United Nations resolutions are the norm of Israel’s behaviour. Possession of nuclear weapons and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction and terrorising and slaughter of civilians by Israel is completely ignored by the West. Below are some of the examples of inhuman behaviour of Israel.
750,000 Palestinian Arabs were driven from their homes. Hundreds were slaughtered in a village called Deir Yassin – a place that has been literally wiped out of the map by Israelis.
In 1996, Israeli artillerymen slaughtered 106 Lebanese refugees sheltering in a United Nations position at Qana in southern Lebanon,
It is reported that Israel is working on a biological weapon that would harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military western intelligence sources. (The Sunday Times 15 November 1998)
A resolution passed by UN General assembly on December 11, 1948 stated
that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live in peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date. I quote from the resolution: “AND THAT COMPENSATION SHOULD BE PAID FOR THE PROPERTY OF THOSE CHOOSING NOT TO RETURN AND FOR LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY WHICH, UNDER PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW OR IN EQUITY, SHOULD BE MADE GOOD BY THE GOVERNMENTS OR AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE.”(Section 11)
Another resolution says
“No expropriation of land owned by an Arab in the Jewish State shall be allowed except for public purposes. ” Resolution 181
The continued violation of UN resolutions by Israel draws no notice from the West. The reason is that Israel’s actions is in tune with the policies of the Western Governments.
What are the policies pursued by the Western Governments? It is simply to control the world and its resources. This policy is pursued by supporting puppets and dictators AND literally killing innocent people wherever they may be.
Harold Pinter put the situation forcefully by saying:
Pinochet was just one of many brutes who we in the West, the United States in particular, propped up, supported and paid for over the years. Let us be clear that these men were nothing to do with red China or the Soviet Union – they were our client rulers from Haiti to Paraguay and from Argentina to Indonesia. They were entirely dependent on us in the so-called “free world” and acted as our willing instruments. We will learn more about the brutal murder and mutilation of artists, the violent repression at the universities and the thousands of “disappeared”, all already well documented facts. They can no longer be ignored.
The Independent , London 10/12/1998.
Turning to the killing of innocent people, this is carried out by using chemical weapons and imposing sanctions.
War Against the Masses
In the case of Vietnam, chemicals were used and Vietnamese are still suffering from diseases caused by the American use of chemicals.
Result of imposition of sanctions against Iraq is already well documented i.e. more than half a million children have died. Dennis Halliday, the man who ran the UN oil-for food programme in Baghdad, resigned from his post when he realised that five to six thousand of Iraqi children are dying every month and Iraq as a country is being destroyed.
The 37-year old U.S. trade embargo bars the unlicensed sale of medicine to Cuba. As a result the incidence of hepatitis A and diarrhoea is on the rise, and infant tuberculosis is a growing problem in poor sections of Havana.
The people trying help the victims are not only discouraged but also threatened with prosecutions.
Mr Geoff Simons claimed in a letter to The Independent (14/8/1997) to have in his possession a copy of a letter signed by David H Harmon, acting supervisor of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (US Treasury), in which he threatens aid workers illegally collecting and transporting medical relief supplies to the people of Iraq with “up to 12 years in prison and $1 m in fines”.
Albright Accepts Mass Death of Iraqi Children
The reaction of American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the deaths of children in Iraq as a result of the policy pursued by US is interesting. She was asked by Leslie Stah in a “Sixty Minutes” broadcast on 12 May 1996 (whilst she was US ambassador at the UN): “We have heard that a half million children have died (as a result of sanctions against Iraq). I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” Albright responded: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it”EditorialCommon Sense Quarterly Spring 1997 / Dhu-l-Qi’dah 1417
Charitable Work Punished
Voices in the Wilderness (charity) is engaged in sending medicines to children’s wards in Iraq. The sister organisation in US is threatened with a fine $120,000 and four of its officials are facing fines of $10,000 or more. Medicines destined for Iraq were seized at Heathrow (London) and the officials of charity were arrested on return from Iraq and threatened with prosecution (with a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment (letter published by Voices in the Wilderness UK –The Independent 23 January 1999 ).
What one may ask is the agenda of the West in Iraq? It is simply to physically occupy the Middle East. But first they want to kill or drive the people from the Middle East. They are now targeting Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction are being used by the West to kill, maim and terrorize the people so that large territories could be de-populated. Already doctors, engineers and qualified people have left the country. Slowly the mass exodus will begin and Oil companies and their staff then can occupy the country. After Iraq, it will be the turn of Saudi Arabia and so on.
The above facts if studied and analysed carefully would lead one to various conclusions. Firstly, Western Governments do not and I repeat do not care about human beings.
Secondly the objective of the Western Governments are to maintain a grip on the world for the purpose of exploiting its resources (oil, etc.) and anyone who disagrees with their policies are eliminated. The will of the people of a region or a country does not count.
Lastly and not the least, the West relies on use of force i.e. gunboat diplomacy to achieve their ends. United Nations, Security Council, and other forums are completely ignored.
If we grasp these facts, we can work out solutions that are faced by the world.
The facts that need repeating is that the policies pursued by the Western Governments are inimical to the whole human race.
If we ignore this reality and rely instead upon propaganda dished out by radio, television and newspapers, we will continue to witness one tragedy after another. Yesterday it was Bosnia; today it is Iraq and Kosova. Tomorrow it may be another country.
We must wake up and realize our potential as people and use our power to condemn the policies pursued by the West by writing letters to our elected representatives and the leaders and if possible hold demonstrations and seminars to pin point the criminal activities carried out by the Mafia in Pentagon. John Pilger has aptly said that the world’s worst terrorists are based in Washington. (The Independent 25 August 1998)
The human carnage in Vietnam came to an end by US withdrawal, which was in turn brought about by the demonstrations worldwide against the Vietnam War. This was the first change of US foreign policy as a result of demonstrations by ordinary people.
Today change of Western policies can occur if people react vigorously against the inhuman and immoral policies pursued by the Western Governments. We should not fall into trap of dividing ourselves into nationalities and even religions but realise that all religions and nationalities are threatened by the Western Governments’ policies. Undoubtedly the Western Governments pose a threat to all - irrespective of color, cast and creed.
We should not be disheartened. The future of the world is bright. We have to work for it and not allow few to impose its diktat on many.
To quote Shakespeare, if this is winter, spring is not far away.