US Policy, HR violations and war crimes – ‘Pot calling kettle black’
Posted on September 20th, 2009

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia

Mohammed Noordin, Indonesia’s militant leader and ally of Al-Qaida who mastermindedƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  a string of terrorist attacks across the Indonesian region for 7 years was killed with 3 of his aides on 18th September. He had been responsible for the Mariott Hotel bombing in 2003 which killed a number of foreign tourists and for the Australian Embassy attack. He led the ‘Bali bombing’ with 3 suicide bombers in 2005 killing more than 20 and seriously injuring nearly 200 who were mostly American, British and Australian tourists. In July the same year he blasted the famous ‘Twin Hotels’ and he had been terrorising inƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ areasƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ wherever there were foreign tourists.
The comments by the US and its allies with regard to his death and reported in The Age (Australia) of 18th Sept. 2009, was, “…
This is welcome news. This man has been a mass murderer, terrorist leader and had been responsible for the murder of Americans, British and Australians…” While congratulating Indonesia on their success it says “…It does’nt leave us in a position where we can feel complacent about the future… Al-Qaida andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Jemah Islamaih are still well and alive…”
But the approach by the USƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  and its allies to the LTTE and its leader who terrorised Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years is poles apart. They attempted wholeheartedly to rescue Prabhakaran and the LTTEƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  because of the Tamil diaspora votes and funding. As the attempt made by the West did not materialise, after the war they tried to introduce a Resolution in the UN against Sri Lanka, but failed to gain international support.
NowƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ the US is supposed to be making a move to submit a Report to the US CongressƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ on the conduct of ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ the Sri Lankan forces and on war crimes during the war against the LTTE. This is a strategy to pressurise Sri Lanka on the Human Rights front and isolate Sri Lanka.
US is of the view that the ‘international community’ is the US and its allies for the simple reason that they can influence the World Bank, the IMF, UN and other international agencies. But their attempts to destabilise Sri Lanka so far had failed due to support extended to Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ by unaligned nations.
US track record is seen in coutries like Vietnam where inƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ every hotel room there is a brochure displaying the atrocities committed by the US army against civilians during the Vietnam war. At the time, in the eyes of the US army every civilian was Viet Cong. More recently, we see their approach in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US cannot deny the fact about their HR violations and war crimes in these countries.
Stewart Patrick, Director of International Institutions and Global-Governance Program,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington recently,ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ observed, “…The US is far more comfortable as the maker of international rules than as subject to them…”
An independent UN HR Investigator in a Report in May 2009 says, “… The US, a nation that sits on other nations war crimes, human rights abuses, extra-judicial killings and HR situations is failing to properly investigate alleged war crimes committed by its soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq…There have been chronic and deplorable accountability failures with respect to policies, practices and conduct that resulted in alleged unlawful killings – including possible war crimes – in the US international operations…”
In 2003, US Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, who led the Army’s investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner scandal, reported, “… There is no longer any doubt that the current administration (meaning Bush) committed war crimes…”
The above shows the duplicity of US policies, ofƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ HR violations andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ of war crimes. Thus the US perpetrated war crimes go unprobed.

One Response to “US Policy, HR violations and war crimes – ‘Pot calling kettle black’”

  1. cassandra Says:

    The US has no moral right to preach to other nations on human rights, not after its appalling record in this area. We remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the civilian death toll was huge, the chemical warfare in Vietnam, the effects of which endure to this day, the landmines in Cambodia which continue to explode and kill and maim civilians in that country, the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq……..and so the list goes on – a catalogue of abuses of which the US should be profoundly ashamed of. But why should we be surprised? The US double standards are only too obvious. After all, did not Hilary Clinton, now US Secretary of State, say during her failed election campaign, something to the effect that there were good and bad terrorists!

    Unfortunately, the US wields enormous clout internationally and, regardless of what it may preach, it simply demonstrates the crude logic that might is right.

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