Mar 9, 2014
Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold
Posted on Sep 12, 2013
For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” author George Monbiot writes Monday in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.
The U.S. has exercised this power of the U.N. Security Council, which is a holdover from “a time when other nations were either broken or voiceless,” 83 times. On 42 of these occasions it did so to shield Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians from scrutiny. “On the last occasion, 130 nations supported the resolution but Barack Obama spiked it.” Increasingly, the other four members of the council—the U.K., Russia, China and France—“have used the threat of veto to prevent a resolution being discussed. They have bullied the rest of the world into silence.”
“Through this tyrannical dispensation,” Monbiot writes, “the great warmongers of the past 60 years remain responsible for global peace. The biggest weapons traders are tasked with global disarmament. Those who trample international law control the administration of justice.”
In one of his latest acts of hypocrisy, Obama warned last week that Syria’s alleged use of poisoned gas “threatens to unravel the international norm against chemical weapons embraced by 189 nations.” Monbiot responds: “Unraveling the international norm is the US president’s job.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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