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American UN veto surrenders moral high ground in world Democracy push
By Ray Hanania — The United States surrendered the moral high ground in the push to bring Democracy to the Middle East when it vetoed a resolution in the United Nations Security Council to condemn the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
America has surrendered its claim to be the leader of the Free World and the champion of Democracy, as human beings throughout the world including in the Middle East demand that their governments respect their civil rights.
If the United States cannot stand by Palestinians whose civil rights are denied by the Government of Israel, then the United States cannot with any sense of conscience stand by protestors demanding Democratic and civil rights in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunis, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The Veto in the United Nations represents an American government choice, a choice to embrace politics by ignoring the policies of the Government of Israel to deny Palestinians civil rights, and ignores the principles that define America’s claim to be the leader of the Free World.
America cannot be the leader of the Free World when it plays politics with Democracy, civil rights and the defense of human beings in foreign countries.
To stress the hypocrisy of the American position and why it has no right to speak on the issue of Democracy is the fact that it has been longstanding and official American policy to oppose illegal Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Even though this is official American policy, America can’t even coordinate its claim of Democracy with its policies.
American government is a cesspool of hypocrisy. American politicians play a game disgrace terms like “pro-Democracy,” “civil rights,” “political ethics,” and the “rule of law.” American governments historically have played a hypocritical game of politics when it comes to the nation’s interests and when it comes to defending freedom.
It was the United States who supported, backed and defended the Shah of Iran as he murdered hundreds of thousands of Iran’s own citizens over the course of decades during his brutal rule. When Iranian citizens stood up and demanded that the Shah’s tyranny end, the United States coddled the Shah and gave him refuge.
That hypocrisy by America is the single most significant factor that allowed the religious extremists to hijack the cries for freedom, resulting in the establishment of an even greater tyranny today under the Iranian religious extremists and so-called President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The American government’s hatred of Iran’s fanatic government resulted in our country providing financial and military support to another tyrant, Saddam Hussein, who was our surrogate to battle Iran for 10 years after the Ayatollahs took control of Iran.
We helped create both tyranny in Iran and the oppression in Iraq. And when Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait, he did so believing that the United States government policy authorized it and supported it. But even then, the United States did not invade Kuwait to free the Kuwaiti people, who were being oppressed by the rule of the Kuwait religious fanatics. American invaded Kuwait and battled Iraq to protect America’s access to oil and to continue to profit from the oil industry.
And when nine years later terrorists attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001, the America government again set aside its false claim as the leader of the Free World and champion of Democracy to invade Iraq and insure that America’s access to oil wealth would remain longer than the right of people to be free.
The biggest beneficiary of this oil policy has been Halliburton, where former Vice President Dick Cheney was the CEO and continues to profit from its work in Iran, Kuwait and Iraq.
The United States has no moral right to lecture any of the Middle East dictators and tyrants and absolute monarchs to grant civil rights to the people of their nations because the United States has no moral compass from which it can speak.
The veto to block a resolution that simply “condemned” Israel’s continued building of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is an indictment of America’s false claims in support of world Democracy.
America does not support Democracy. It doesn’t support the rights of the oppressed. It doesn’t stand up for morality, government ethnic or the Rule of Law. America stands up for political expediency and selfish oil greed.
And that is obvious and clear to every single hero who has sacrificed to fight for their civil and Democratic rights in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunis, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. America is not their champion at all, but an example of how easily Democracy can be corrupted and bought by selfish government greed, corruption and political hypocrisy.
If Democracy is to survive in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East, it won’t be because the United States did anything to contribute to Democracy at all. It will be because of the sacrifices of the people themselves who have done more for Democracy in one month than America has done in 235 years of pretending to be the champion of Democracy.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning syndicated columnist. He can be reached at www.TheMediaOasis.com.)
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Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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