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Greatest Hypocrite on Earth

 

On April 6, 2017, the United States military launched approximately 59 tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base in response to allegations of a chemical weapon attack which killed more than 80 people on in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. The United States and its allies allege that the Syrian air force used the nerve agent Sarin in an airstrike on the ‘rebel’ held town; the Syrian and Russian governments have rejected this claim, claiming responsibility lay at the feet of the rebels who had been stockpiling the chemical agent.

The purpose of this article is not to debate whose claims lie closer to the truth, but rather to point out the heinous hypocrisy shown by the United States in their foreign policy. In a press conference explaining his decision to strike Syria, US President Donald Trump said “It is in this vital, national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.”

President Trump, like his predecessors has continued to accelerate and expand the United States’ program of global imperialism. This latest act of aggression against another foreign nation was in accordance with their self-appointed role as police officer of the globe; justified by their supposed national security interest of preventing the use of ‘deadly chemical weapons’. History has shown us once again that the US is the preacher of values they themselves do not practice. 

In 2004, during the early stages of the Iraq war the US military conducted bombing campaigns in the city of Fallujah where they employed the use of white phosphorus and depleted uranium in their munitions. They knowingly attacked areas of the city with large civilian populations, violating both the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the Geneva Conventions. Thirteen years on, the toxic legacy of this assault on city is worse than that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atom bombs fell in 1945. The exponential increase in the incidences of cancer, infant mortality, and birth defects following the 2004 assault has irreversibly damaged generations of Iraqi people.

In 2010 a study entitled "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009" conducted by Drs. Busby, Hamdan, and Ariabi revealed startling figures which only begin to paint a picture of the consequences of the US assault. Infant mortality was recorded at 80 per 1000 births, contrasted to 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan and 9.7 in Kuwait. They also recorded a 38-fold increase in leukaemia, survivors of Hiroshima only showed a 17-fold increase. The rate of male births fell by 18 percent, reducing the ratio from the norm of 1050 boys for every 1000 girls to 860 boys for every 1000 girls; Hiroshima showed a similar distortion in birth gender ratio after 1945. Dr Busby is quoted as having said that post-war Fallujah indicated “the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied”.

Fallujah isn’t the only city where the people suffered massive genetic damage either. The cities of Basra and Karbala also saw incidences of various forms of cancer and birth defects increase after the war. The United States waged this conflict based on lies, and have left the soil, air and water of this historic land irreparably poisoned with radioactive material and heavy metal.

President Trump may sit on his high horse in Washington D.C. and pretend to care about the lives of Syrian children but the world is becoming wiser. Information is more freely disseminated than ever before and more people are beginning to understand the true nature of the so called “greatest country on earth”. The United States of America has no moral authority whatsoever to criticise any other sovereign nation on the purported use of chemical weapons. Whatever it is Assad may or may not have done, history is replete with examples of the USA committing greater atrocities.

As the fog of war of continues to loom over Syria, always be mindful of this quote by the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus, “In war, truth is the first casualty”.


References:

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39500947
  • http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/06/trump-gives-explanation-u-s-airstrikes-syria/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/19/us-depleted-uranium-weapons-civilian-areas-iraq
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/toxic-legacy-of-us-assault-on-fallujah-worse-than-hiroshima-2034065.html#gallery
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/2013315171951838638.html
  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-war-crimes-cancer-rate-in-fallujah-worse-than-hiroshima/20241
     
 
Kyle Williamson