Monday, April 10, 2017

Where is the Outrage?

I am appalled that most of the countries of the United Nations...or should I say, the "Satellite Countries" of the United States, remained mute in the face of the bombing of Syria (a sovereign member state of the UN) by the Washington regime. Where was the outrage at, the protest against, and the condemnation of America's act of aggression, an act clearly in violation of international law. Where was the opposition to that act by my own country's President? President Granger, why wasn't the US Ambassador to Guyana summoned to your office to explain America's action? Leaders of the world, why were most of you silent? Are you all so afraid of the big-stick-carrying, Manifest-Destiny-believing bully from the north that you cannot speak out against its actions? Shame on you all.

For too long you world leaders have sat back and waited for America to do "something" in response to the problems of the world. Most of the time that response has been with bombs and guns. It is time to unshackle yourselves from that mindset of America as the world's law enforcer. How can you expect America to enforce international law when it violates international law? America is not the answer to the world's problems. You are. Your collective efforts as world leaders is the answer. In fact, far from being the solution, America is largely the problem. It is time you world leaders rise up and show some backbone. If you don't, your country might be next on America's list, going the way of Syria, Libya, and others.

Regarding his regimes recent bombing of Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently made the following threat: the "message" that any nation can take from the missile strike is that "if you violate international norms, if you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken." Hmm...let's see: The US regime violated international norms (attacked a sovereign state without UNSC authorization), violated international agreements (acted contrary to the obligations of the UN Charter), is a threat to others (certainly by it militarism and endless wars). Well? It looks like a response has to be taken at some point. Heads of States of the member states of the United Nations, I urge you not to be intimidated by Washington. Take a stand. Resist this regime warmongering ways.

[artwork by Ric Couchman]