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Our terror and theirs

It has only taken seven years, but the International Commission of Jurists has finally realised that the “US ‘war on terror’ has eroded rights worldwide.”

That has been one point among many the Left has been making for a long time.

But the gloss the ICJ puts on it is unacceptable. It says that the US actions have given cover to others to undertake unacceptable practices.

This seems on the surface reasonable enough.  The US, by practising and outsourcing torture, certainly has encouraged others to follow suit, and reinforced and legitimised the practice in some reliable US allies, like Egypt.

But this sees the world in good and bad terms.  Democracies good – dictatorships bad.

In fact the US has been the chief terrorist in the world since it became economically dominant after the second world war.  It was closely followed by its imperialist competitor, the USSR.

Now it may be that China will challenge the US for the title of chief terrorist, but that is going to take some time.

So what is the solution the ICJ suggests to US repression, reduction of our human rights, renditions, torture and illegal imprisonment?

Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland.  She was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is one of the authors of the ICJ report.

She said that the U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council should step up their abuse monitoring and assist poorer nations with police training to better target rights violators.

Funny, but  doesn’t the US have a veto in the UN Security Council? In fact isn’t the UN really just a debating club for the major imperialist powers, with the US doing what it wants when it wants on those occasions it can’t get the UN to rubber stamp its actions?

And what’s this about better trained police? This can just mean more  efficient repression.

Asking the US to police itself fundamentally misunderstands imperialism. The US rules the world, or attempts to, to satisfy the interests of its capitalists at home and abroad.  America’s political rulers will do whatever it takes to retain US economic dominance.

Remember, the US is the country whose invasion  of Iraq has led to the death of 1 million Iraqis and which, under Obama, looks set to repeat the slaughter, this time in Afghanistan.

US imperialism is the major source of  global terrorism and repression in the world. Its military presence in 130 countries is not for picnicking.

The ICJ should have called for Bush, Howard, Rudd, Blair, Brown, Rudd and Obama to be put on trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes.  Unfortunately these criminals are  untouchable because of their power or status rather than having any claim to morality or justice.



Comment from Abigail Petit
Time February 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

This sounds like Stalinist communistic revisionism.