America: Neither a villain nor a savior
By Ali Sina
America is but one country
in a world of over 200 countries. Like any country, America looks
after its own interests first. In its dealings with other nations, it has
often demonstrated a disturbing willingness to sacrifice human rights for
the sake of political expediency and its own material interests. Despite
this, can you name one country that would not, given the requisite
political and economic power, act in a similar fashion? All countries
in the world have been guilty of some abuse of human rights, if not have
also engaged in outright genocide against either their own citizens or
those of other countries. America is not alone in this regard. The law governing the International relations is the law of
the jungle. In jungle each beast is after its own interests.
to blame America or only certain countries for the ills of the world is
failing to see the trees because of the jungle.
To continue to do so can only fuel already existing hatreds as it
fails to define the problem and by so doing limits the opportunity for any
real and lasting solution. Certainly
it can be argued as well as shown that America is guilty of many crimes.
For instance, it was America that enabled Saddam to poison Iranian
children. I saw those children, in their mended shoes and dirty faces, and
remember them running after a plastic ball playing soccer on the dirt
roads of their villages. In thinking back, I can still hear the sounds of
excitement and yelling,
particularly their glee when shouting gooooal. I also remember the many
shy little girls, who clutched their plastic dolls that often were missing
a hand or an eye, hiding behind their mothers, peeping from behind their
long skirts with their large eyes. Those little children are all now
dead. They were killed by Saddam’s chemical and biological weapons.
America is in part to blame as it was they who assisted Saddam by
providing him will all the satellite information and weather reports to
inflict maximum harm and massacre the Iranian
children in remote frontier villages.
Yes this boils my blood. Yes this makes me angry. But
instead of placing the blame and anger solely at America’s feet for what
happened, let us retrace this history to see how it actually unfolded.
When in 1979 the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran) took American
diplomats as hostages and millions of Iranians were shouting “marg bar
Amrika” , or death to America and were saying “Today Kabala, tomorrow
Qods (Jerusalem)”, Iran was at the beginning of a revolution that would
turn it into a rogue nation. The mullahs, or spiritual leaders of Iran,
were not withholding or covering up their expansionist, political
ambitions for Islam. Out of this
revolution this new country, now the Islamic Republic of Iran, became
upfront in its goal of exporting this revolution to other Islamic
countries. In so doing this Iran suddenly became a threat to the peace and
the security of the Middle East as well as to the rest of the world. For this reason the IRI had to be contained or the
consequences would have been too devastating.
For this reason America was forced to choose sides. America chose to back Iraq, and its leader, Saddam Hussein.
Though America had little choice but to make a bad choice, this
does not excuse it for it becoming an ally and eventual partner in crime
with Saddam Hussein. Such is the reality of politics where each country
pursues their own interests.
It is true that America has supported many dictators and evil
characters. The Taliban, the Contras and the terrorists in Nicaragua, were
allies and agents of America. And the list goes on and on. But America like any other country of the
world is after her own
interests. America is neither a villain nor
a savior. It is a player, trying to make the most
in an anarchic world. This is the world we live in and this is our reality. If you
don't like it, don't blame America; let us instead change the world. America is
playing by the same rules that your country and my country is playing,
i.e. no rules. We are all abiding by the law of jungle. If it is not America it will be other countries.
However, given the fact that America is a democracy,
it is still better than most other countries. Imagine if Russia were
the sole superpower of the world? Do you think the Russians would have
respected human rights more than the Americans? What do you think
would have happened if the Chinese were the sole superpower? What if an
Islamic country had the power that the America has today? Can you imagine
the disaster? Some of us would be dead as Kafirs and other would be paying
jizyya as dhimmis. Suppose America stopped meddling in the world affairs.
What do you think would be the scenario for the Middle East then? Madmen
such as Saddam Hussein would be allowed to engage in their reign of terror
virtually unfettered by outside control. Under such a condition people by the thousands would likely
be killed, on a daily basis. Don’t forget that this man killed more than
30,000 Shiites in Southern Iraq and massacred innumerable Kurds
after the Americans stopped bombing him in 1991.
Let me say I hate America’s bullying as much as
anyone else, but I dread even more to think what would happen were America
to wash its hands of world affairs. Then nothing can stop the maniacal
Saddams, Kims, Bin Ladens and Khomeinis of this world from indulging in
Calling America’s military intervention in Iraq (both in 1991 and
2003), in Yugoslavia and in Afghanistan terrorism is like saying that
domestic police forces in every country are also terrorists because they
bully the criminals and use force to subdue them.
The solution is contained in the problem. The world
needs an international police force. In the absence of such a legitimate,
worldly acknowledged peacekeeping authority, America is forced to assume
that role. This is on one hand a burden on America and on the other hand a
source of resentment for other countries. Despite this, America remains
our last best chance for the majority to live in relative peace. So, if
you are tired of seeing America being a bully, think of the alternatives.
Without America the world would fall into the clutches of maniacal
dictators like Slobedan Milosevic, Saddam and their ilk. This would bring
far more death and destruction than America’s bullying alone.
Therefore if you really care about justice, if you want equal rights for
everyone, if you are interested in peace, and if you hate to see one
country deciding the destiny of the rest of the world, strive to establish
the World Federalism, and try to bring law and order to the international
level. Work towards the demilitarization of the world and its disarmament.
Make every effort to establish a word tribunal and endeavor to create a world
peacekeeping police force. We
cannot insist on anarchy and expect to have security at the same
time. World Federalism means, every nation will maintain its autonomy
but gives up the right to amass armaments and have military. Instead a new
International body would be created that would protect the sovereignty of
of all the nations, guarantee the democracy within every country and
safeguard human rights worldwide.
The problem facing humanity is disunity among nations
and the solution to that is unity and that can be achieved through the creation of
a federation of
nations. Such unity will not be possible if there is no authority there to
protect human rights and ensure justice. Just as there can be no justice or
human rights if there is no authority protecting them. We need to revamp
our thinking, revise our vision and begin thinking out of the box. If we
have wars, it is because we have anarchy. Don’t blame America for
starting a war to put an end to a ruthless dictatorship. If we do not do that now, for every
life that may be saved today, thousands of people could be killed tomorrow.
If you really care about peace, let us work
towards world federalism, get rid of this lawlessness and let us
establish the new world order. Let us make justice among nations a law.
There is peace and order within democratic countries because there are
laws that prevail and out of this also comes respect for human rights.
So knowing what works, why would we as intelligent people allow our
relations at the international level to be governed by the law of jungle?
Therefore let us redesign this world so that the right becomes might and
not the reverse, as it is today.