Thursday, September 07, 2006

The unintended results of the New World Order

The unintended results of the New World Order
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
Luciana Bohne
“It is a big idea: a New World Order . . . only the United States has both the moral standing and the means to back it up,” said George Bush the First on 29 January 1991...
...Some may say that militarizing the world was its intention, but that goal could only have been entertained if the US hoped for victory. This victory would be based on its “moral standing and its means to back it up.” Means it has aplenty — the largest arsenal of nuclear paraphernalia on the planet — but it misuses these means, again and again, by employing them not in self-defense but in the service of terrorizing populations to bend to its political will, in Iraq most reprehensibly. Moral standing, therefore, it lacks.
In Afghanistan, it quickly disengaged itself from the responsibilities of occupation and reconstruction by handing over operations to NATO. Afghanistan now stands on the brink of a Taleban takeover. In Iraq, it lied the country into war, went against the advice of its senior military advisors, sidelined the specialists and analysts in the CIA, hijacked the judicial system to subvert constitutional laws, and insulted international consensus. In Palestine, the US, the self-appointed champion of freedom and democracy in a feat of unparalleled, costly, and long-standing hypocrisy, enables an occupier’s policy of apartheid in defiance of several UN resolutions, including the one with the original sin — Resolution 242, binding Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.
Israel, unique in the world, refuses to declare its borders (while claiming to defend them!) and arrests with impunity half the elected governing body of its occupied ward, bombing electric plants to further punish the population for electoral results it does not approve of, extending a time-and-space-consuming matrix of control over the Palestinian population with discriminatory pass laws, preferential infrastructure, and an internationally condemned “security fence” which gobbles up ever more of the shrinking patrimony of historical Palestine. This monstrosity the US repeatedly peddles as “the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Continuing to dismantle whatever “moral standing” it could lay claim to before it decided to squander it irretrievably in this folly of the “war on terror,” the US supports undemocratic regimes throughout the world, the most egregious being the satrapy in Saudi Arabia, while kidnapping democratic leaders like Haiti’s president, Aristide, and attempting to crush the democratic will of his people.
What moral standing? The US is seen as the government of lies, corruption, greed, and war — a kind of governmental version of Enron, the corporate empire that turned out to be a criminally duplicitous house of cards. As if this were not bad enough, the military means it has at its disposal, it employs in a cowardly strategy of air warfare that discriminates against civilians without achieving military victory.