Recently in New York, US
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s speech at the United Nations was short.
It was exactly the stuff that brings down a bully; not a long tussle, just a single lethal jab that demystifies the schoolyard bully.
As dusk enveloped New York and the waters of East River gently rolled, an old man from Mexico nodded his head as President Mugabe addressed the 72nd General Assembly (GA).
“Trump might be touted leader of the so-called Free World, he might be towering above every leader in his ‘impressive’ Trump Towers, but he is morally bankrupt and a bully and Mugabe is right and has spoken for all the downtrodden who have had to endure the bullying tendencies of the US,” said the old gentleman.
The United Nations (UN) Headquarters, located at 405 E 42nd Street, right along the East River on Manhattan Island, is a piece of international territory belonging to 193 nations and no nation is greater than the other – all are equal.
Trump stunned the world when he threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea at the GA, describing the country’s leader Kim Jong-un as ‘Rocket Man’.
Other leaders skirted the gravity of the threat, maybe for fear of not being invited to lunch with the offensive and abrasive President Trump.
But President Mugabe did not beat about the proverbial bush; he made it clear that President Trump had gone off tangent.
He alluded to the fact that war was now a foul language and no longer tenable.
And this was no mere rhetoric.
US bombings around the world have not brought ‘democracy’ or peace to nations but extreme levels of misery unprecedented before US interference.
According to American comedian, political commentator and television host Bill Maher: “Since 1945, when Jesus granted America air superiority, we’ve bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Serbia, Somalia, Bosnia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Yemen.
“How did we inherit this moral obligation to bring justice to the world via death from above? Are we Zeus? It doesn’t make any sense.
“We’re the only country in the world that muses out loud about who we might bomb next:
“We did this with Iraq after 9/11, even though they had nothing to do with 9/11. We do it with Iran every day…We’re like a schoolyard bully who’s got every kid in the class nervous they’re going to be next. And, we’re the only nation…who threatens to drop bombs on you while telling you we don’t want to get involved!”
President Mugabe made it clear that the era of imperialism was over and that the bully tendencies will no longer be tolerated.
“Some of us were embarrassed‚ if not frightened by the return of the biblical giant called Goliath,” said President Mugabe.
“Blow your Trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity‚ peace‚ togetherness and dialogue…We defeated imperialism. Bring us a monster by another name and he will suffer the same.”
While the US insist on policing the world, history has shown that the bombings by the US do not work.
American blogger, Kieran Turner-Dave, has aptly described the futility of bombings by the US.
“The insistence of the West governments to bomb and kill people in other countries has only created more refugees, conflict, division, instability, poverty, destruction and terrorism in the Middle East,” says Turner-Dave:
“Bombing during the American war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos killed 2,5 million people, with millions more deaths after the war as a result of American chemical warfare.
“The justification for this genocidal level of killing was the fight against the ideology of Vietnamese communism.
“However, 40 years after that decade-long conflict, Vietnam is a country at peace that still espouses one-party communism.
“Despite seven million tonnes of bombs being dropped during the conflict (six times the tonnage of bombs dropped by the US in WWII) the idea of a unified, communist Vietnam still survived.
“Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Lebanon have all been bombed by the US since 9/11, with the apparent objective of destroying Islamist terrorism.
“Yet whether it’s in the form of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, or ISIS, the ideology of Islamism still persists.
“The reason for this is quite simple — ideas mimetically transcend a single human life.
“No matter how many bombs we drop, no matter how many people we kill, Islamism will continue to exist as long as there is justification for people to fight for it.”
The US has become a bloodthirsty opportunist eager for the option of war, especially against those blessed with abundant resources such as oil.
Micah Zenko, an American political scientist and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, reported that in Barack Obama’s last year in office, the US military ‘dropped 26 171 bombs in seven countries’.
He explained that the estimate is ‘undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for air strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, and a single ‘strike,’ according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions’.
Clearly, as seen from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Mesopotamia, the US has gone to war not to defend itself or promote peace or protect the oppressed but to pursue its global hegemonic and strategic interests.
Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a national security analyst on a number of global conflicts states that the US continues to blunder on foreign policy and has failed to learn from its past.
“The US does not seem to be learning from its past,” said Cordesman in his report.
“The real test of victory is never tactical success or even ending a war on favourable military terms, it is what comes next.
“The First World War was a military victory that became a grand strategic disaster.
“The Second World War led to nearly half a century of Cold War, the creation of an existential nuclear threat to the US, and a ‘peace’ that still has not created a stable relationship with Russia. Korea has been locked into more than half a century of unstable stalemate that is now going nuclear.
“Vietnam has produced the irony of a long chain of US tactical victories that have ended in a major strategic defeat.”
According to Cordesman’s report:
Looking beyond ISIS: What comes next in Libya?
“The problems of what comes next in the wars the United States is now fighting also goes far beyond ISIS.
The issue is simplest in Libya.
Defeating ISIS may or may not ease the tensions between Libya’s two de facto governments in its west and its east.
Libya will need a decade of rebuilding and reform to produce true stability and raise its per capita income and income distribution to acceptable levels.
This requires both stable internal politics and leadership, and serious international aid.
armed conflict between rival forces for control of the country’s largest oil terminals caused a decline in Libyan crude oil production, which never recovered to more than one-third of the average pre-Revolution highs of 1,6 million barrels per day.
ISIL has a presence in many cities across Libya including near oil infrastructure, threatening future Government revenues from oil and gas.”
“This need to look beyond ISIS and the threat of Islamist extremism is equally true in the case of Yemen.
Yemen’s elected (one candidate) Government, the remnants of the Saleh regime, the Houthi Shiite rebels, the separatist factions in the south, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and various tribal factions have no clear reason to reconcile or stop fighting.
Any peace is almost certain to be temporary and unstable.
Worse, Yemen is so poor, so limited in water, lacking in economic development, so tied to a narco-economy, and so highly populated that it has no clear path towards nation building its various factions can agree upon.
Even if one ignores immediate issues like casualties, food shortages and people at risk from the war; Yemen faces a host of longer-term challenges like sharp population growth, critically low rate of development and critical water problems.”
The future mess in Syria
“Syria may not be the worst case in finding a stable outcome of all of America’s wars, but it certainly appears to be so at the present.
Its Kurdish ‘problem’ is one even greater and less stable than the one in Syria because it is relatively new, and Syria’s Kurds lack even the uncertain history of political development that occurred in Iraq.
A new US-backed Kurdish enclave in Syria and on Turkey’s border is also creating more tension with both Turkey and Syria’s Arab neighbours, and the US does not have counter-balancing ties to other major political and military forces in Syria, or the limited history of success it has had in dealing with Iraq Sunni forces and militias.
The all too real weaknesses of the Iraqi Government are limited compared to the total lack of any clear power structure and capability to govern that now exists in Syria, where there are some 40 constantly mutating and divided factions of Syrian Arab rebels.”
It is time the US swallows its pride and accepts that its current foreign policy has failed to bring about lasting peace but is sowing seeds for continuing future conflict.
The US wars are heinous acts of unprovoked aggression against humanity and The Hague must be its leaders’ destination.