Dreams about the “international order”

by on September 12, 2016 in International affairs

The US side and its lackeys in Europe (one of whom nipped its master today) [1] insist that Russia is against the “international order“. When these people say “international order” they mean the system of world order which they control. This system is essentially imperialism. It is led by the US. It’s main aim is to create favourable conditions for the continued expansion of US businesses, markets and investment all over the world. The US uses international organisations to give their reign legitimacy – but it is a constant series of manipulations and twists. The justification for bombing Libya was a sophist twist of a UN resolution (1970) which permitted military force to be used to protect civilians. The West simply said “Gadaffi is a threat to civilians therefore this resolution permits regime change bombing”. No matter that in the years preceeding these events the EU had been running a lucrative business selling weapons to Gadaffi. [2] Twisting this resolution in a way clearly not envisaged by Moscow undermined the UN. When they couldn’t get a UN resolution to bomb Iraq in 2003 they bombed anyway. The NATO campaign of bombing Yugoslavia to force Milosevich to give up Kosovo (in 1999) cannot be justifed by “self-defence” by any stretch or sophistry of any kind. [3] In fact it was an act of terrorism. This too happened outside of the “international order”.

The US usually tries to get a UN mandate for their wars. If they can’t they bomb anyway and say that Russia or China are “blocking” a UN resolution. They claim that they are the arbiters of what is “right” under international law. But a kindergarder could explain that this isn’t how law works… In as much as the US genuinely believes that “Russia is undermining the international order” they are simply deluding themselves.

Only someone suffering from a serious debilitating delusion really believes that his preference and version of affairs is always absolutely right – and that anyone who disagrees with him is evil. The US side seems to be driven by some dynamic that causes them to make this error and to keep making it. It is an error made by religious fundmentalists. The most dangerous group of religious fundementalists in the world today is the American leadership – not ISIS.

See here for a clear summary of the remarks by Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoigu, made in response to the ravings of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Notes

1. The President of France criticising the US and saying that their actions contributed to present day terrorism problems should be massive massive news. We’ve had to link to the Hindustan Times because his comments simply weren’t covered by the UK media. Ah; the ‘free press’ in action…

2. https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/01/eu-arms-exports-libya

3. The public was told that Yugoslav forces were committing atrocities in Kosovo and that after the ‘liberation’ many mass graves would be found. In fact the ‘mass graves’ in Kosovo had no more reality that the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq promised a few years later. There were a few isolated killing sites – on both sides – but nothing like the mass graves talked up as an excuse for war.

http://johnpilger.com/articles/reminders-of-kosovo

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB946593838546941319

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