There seems to be no limit to Washington’s idiocy in international relations, when clearly as a premier economic power US is declining fast and like a seriously diseased patient, on drip, just about surviving. Yes, it spends over $ 700 billion on defense at the behest of military and energy combine underpinned by corrupt financiers and bankers. Like a rogue beast it goes around damaging nations and threatening everyone around the world. Yes, it still has great destructive power with Iran in its sights since 2003. But US and Israel would not remain unscathed of the terrible consequences. It is not 1945 and WE or Israel would not get away using nukes against a non-nuke state. Not only would the Muslim world including Saudi Street, the whole world not tolerate such an action.
US debt equals its GDP and has a trade deficit of $500 billion and survives only by increasing its debt to other nations including China, whom it treats as an adversary with regular menaces. To counter the US financial bully, because the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement made US dollar the reserve currency by mid 1950s, which Washington is manipulating and exploiting with IMF and the World Bank help guard US interests, many nations like China, Russia, Iran, India, Brazil, Venezuela among others are making arrangements for settlement of bilateral trade in their own currencies thus avoiding the use of US dollar as reserve currency. Apart from Iraq’s oil which Washington coveted, Saddam Hussein’s decision not to sell oil in US dollars was an unforgivable act for US loot to continue, so the illegal US invasion of Iraq and its destruction. Not that US has been able to exploit Iraq oil.
USA has destroyed international law and Human rights and Geneva conventions, beginning with George Bush who soon after election tore up more international treaties and disregarded more UN conventions than the rest of the world in past 20 years. Former president Billy Carter, a respected elder statesman moaned in the Washington Post as early as September 2002 that, “formerly admired almost universally as the pre-eminent champion of human rights, our country has become the foremost target of respected international organizations concerned about these basic principles of democratic life.” Since then US along with poodle England and now Sarcozy have broken innumerable treaties and conventions.
Caught in the Iraqi quagmire, US had to withdraw its forces from Iraq. It had little choice. Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, decorated Marine Col Murtha had said in end 2005 that the US army in Iraq was ‘broken, worn out’ and would be withdrawn. It is not an exact parallel but the people of USSR and its military had destroyed 80% of Nazi war machine, but the Anglo-Saxons by false narratives and helped by propaganda and films like ‘The longest day’ ,’Gen Patton’ etc have fooled the people that US alone won the war. It is lie.
It is the people of Iraq and their resistance against the occupation which brought the US ground forces to its knees and leading to the withdrawal of US troops. For history of Iraq invasion and brutal occupation see here.
As for the situation in Afghanistan, where US wants to hang on to the bases in non-Pushtun areas, likely to come under the control of the former Northern Alliance , the backbone of president Hamid Karzai’s power base, Washington is now pathetically dependent to supply its troops in Afghanistan via northern routes i.e. central Asian republics, whose leaders do not trust Washington. It is to be seen how the fundamental differences in an unequal marriage between Washington and Islamabad, would be resolved for supplies to Afghanistan, now under suspension. A peaceful solution will and can come about only by the consent of all stakeholders, specially the countries in the region.
Faced with terrible economic and other fundamental problems the suffering people of America are protesting daily all over America, but the Nobel Peace (?) Prize Laureate president Obama is now obsessed with his re-election, as the nominee of the corporate interests, who have brought US to this miserable state and finance all presidential candidates. What a galaxy of candidates? The American people deserve better. A busy and humming armament industry US suits the corporate interests. French president Sarcozy also believes and is following US leadership and macho military behavior, in his re-election campaign.
Post Balkan Wall Fall Eurasia
After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, a triumphant US led capitalist West went about dismantling the Union of Socialist Republics and ‘induced’ Moscow’s erstwhile allies in Europe to join NATO. US & NATO forces dismembered the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual Slav and orthodox Yugoslavia , which with religious and ethnic affinities was strategically closer to Russia .
Using the pretext the 119 attacks on US symbols of economic and military might in New York and Washington, which more and more people are now coming round to believe was an inside job or at best allowed to happen like “Pearl Harbor” which brought US into WWII, Washington, instead of attacking Saudi Arabia and Egypt, from where most of the hijackers originated, first bombed Afghanistan, coercing ally Pakistan into joining it or get bombed to stone age and installed a former UNOCAL consultant Hamid Karzai as the new ruler in Kabul after the Taliban leadership disappeared into Pakistan and northern Alliance marched into Kabul. Then on flimsy grounds US illegally invaded Iraq in 2003 for its oil.
Taking advantage of the unraveling of USSR into many states now in utter disarray, under the pretext of US led ‘War on terror’ in Afghanistan, Washington acquired bases in the heart of central Asia; in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the last adjoining China’s turbulent Turkic speaking Uighur province of Xinjiang.
Washington then organized US franchised (like McDonalds, KFC outlets) street revolutions financed by US non-governmental fronts and organizations, CIA and Washington’s envoys in former Russian allies in Europe and in Moscow’s near abroad. It succeeded in Serbia (from which Montenegro was detached making it landlocked), Georgia and Ukraine, but failed in Belarus. In Uzbekistan, where the regime change was attempted a few weeks after Kyrgyzstan regime change in March 2005, feisty Islam Karimov expelled the US forces from its base. In Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, the US puppets were replaced. Georgia was bashed up 3 years ago. Washington is now begging the central Asian states to let supplies go to Afghanistan for its troops.
How West organizes its Franchised Revolutions
“Elections are a moment of triumph,” gloated USA Today after the so called Orange Revolution. It added that ” the potential is clear: Ukraine’s Orange Revolution was fueled by young voters in Kiev, who created Web sites and wrote rap songs to inspire voters. They ate at the McDonald’s off Independence Square and lined up at Coca-Cola kiosks for drinks. The Orange Revolution is the latest in what appears to be a slow trend toward more democracy among the former Soviet republics and satellite states, including Georgia in 2003, Serbia in 2000 and years earlier in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Yes, the same tactics were applied by the US triumphantly in Serbia in 2000 to topple Slobodan Milosevic. Michael Kozak, the US ambassador in Minsk, then sought to emulate the success in elections in Belarus against the authoritarian Alexander Lukashenko, but failed.
There were many write ups in Guardian, Globalsearch and other websites which have documented western agencies’ support to such revolutions. According to New Statesman Yushchenko was supported covertly by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Freedom House and George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the very entities, which had helped oust Shevardnadze last year. The NED has four affiliate institutes: The International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS). They” provide technical assistance to aspiring democrats worldwide.”
“In Ukraine, the NED and its constituent organizations funded Yushchenko’s party Nasha Ukraine (Our Ukraine), as well as the Kiev Press Club. Freedom House, along with “The Independent Republican Institute (IRI) “were involved in assessing the “fairness of elections and their results”. IRI had its staff in “poll watching” in 9 districts, and local staff in all 25 districts. “There are professionals outside election monitors from bodies such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, but the Ukrainian poll, like its predecessors, also featured thousands of local election monitors trained and paid by western groups. … They also organized exit polls which gave Yushchenko an 11-point lead and set the agenda for much of what has followed.”
Of course, western media and governments are committed to the “Freedom of the Press”. They organize exit polls and then feed disinformation into the Western news chain, create and fund “pro-Western”, “pro-reform” student groups, who then organize mass displays of civil disobedience. (Read Traynor, in Guardian) “In the Ukraine, the Pora Youth movement (“Its Time”) funded by the Soros Open Society Institute is part of that process with more than 10,000 activists. Supported by the Freedom of Choice Coalition of Ukrainian NGOs, Pora is modeled on Serbia’s Otpor and Georgia’s Kmara. The Freedom of Choice Coalition acts as an Umbrella organization. It is directly supported by the US and British embassies in Kiev as well as by Germany, through the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (a foundation linked to the ruling Social Democrats). For full Ukraine Elections Confirm Rollback of US Hegemony
Vladimir Putin remains a major obstacle in US led western policy to continue and lengthen their dominance over the rest of the world. Russia in tandem with China and to a significant degree Iran, form the spine, however shaky, of the only effective global axis of resistance to Western hegemony and law of the jungle (beasts –are more considerate in destruction than say US and UK in Iraq).
K Gajendra Singh, Indian ambassador (retired), served as ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan from August 1992 to April 1996. Prior to that, he served terms as ambassador to Jordan, Romania and Senegal. He is currently chairman of the Foundation for Indo-Turkic Studies.