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The U.S. government is also guilty of shielding the pariah state of Israel from legal scrutiny of its actions which are considered criminal by every unbiased expert on the subject. Predictably, Rice described all efforts to hold Israel accountable for its actions and to abide by the international treaties, charters and conventions to which it is bound as "anti-Israel crap."

Lies about peace and war!

2/5/2013 - Political - Article Ref: IV1302-5379
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By: Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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In his second inaugural speech, President Obama said, "We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully - not because we are na•ve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom." 

Such claims are simply bizarre! Anyone paying slightest attention to history and facts would find, instead, that the U.S. foreign policy - especially with regard to Iran and the wider Middle East minus Israel - has been anything but peaceful. For more than half a century, it has been violent, destructive and utterly hostile to the wishes and aspirations of those people. Even to this very day, the U.S. government has been less than a reluctant supporter for democracy in that part of the world. It had held onto the despots like the Shah of Iran and Husni Mubarak of Egypt as long as it could until popular revolution had forced those puppets out. Even today, the Syrian murderer Bashar Assad had managed to hold onto power simply because the Obama administration would not come to the material aid of the Syrian people and its resistance forces fighting the brutal regime. 

The United States has opposed and attempted to block Palestine's upgraded UN status at every step. After the UN General Assembly voted on November 29, 2012 overwhelmingly to upgrade the status to a non-member state, Ambassador Susan Rice irately said that the United States "will continue to oppose firmly any and all unilateral actions in international bodies." One has to be simultaneously deaf, dumb and blind or outright disingenuous to qualify the vote of over 130 countries on something as "unilateral." As a matter of fact, apart from Canada, no major country joined the U.S. and Israel in voting no. The other opponents included Palau, Panama and Micronesia. Britain and Germany abstained. 

Rice added, "Today's grand pronouncements will soon fade. And the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded." What she failed to mention is the bitter truth about her own government's criminal complicity has been at the heart of prolonging Palestinian suffering and their lack of statehood. The pro-Israeli U.S. Congress, more correctly known as the 'Amen Corner', has been behind a series of punishing measures cutting off financing to the UN aid agencies which had hitherto provided material support to the Palestinian people, including the UNESCO in 2011 after it accepted Palestine as a member. 

The U.S. government is also guilty of shielding the pariah state of Israel from legal scrutiny of its actions which are considered criminal by every unbiased expert on the subject. Predictably, Rice described all efforts to hold Israel accountable for its actions and to abide by the international treaties, charters and conventions to which it is bound as "anti-Israel crap." What a disgraceful hogwash of 'conscience', which Obama alluded to!

The United Nations Human Rights Council said in a report issued last Thursday that Israel is violating international law in the West Bank, that Israel "must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers" from the West Bank and cease further settlement building "without preconditions." The UNHRC report said that Israel's settlement policies violate article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of civilian populations to occupied territory. It says the settlements are "leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination." "The Rome statute establishes the international criminal court's jurisdiction over the deportation or transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of parts of its own population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory," the UNHRC report stated. It added: "Ratification of the statute by Palestine may lead to accountability for gross violations of human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law and justice for victims."

But seriously speaking, what chance is there that Israel would listen and abide by the Rome Statute when it has the U.S. to shield it from all its crimes - past, present and future? 

As to the matter of resolving the tense U.S.-Iran relationship peacefully, the least said the better. Iran continues to be punished savagely for its legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. At Israel's behest - the rogue country that is a non-signatory to the NPT and is known to possess hundreds of nuclear bombs -- the U.S. government wants to stop that Iranian pursuit by hook or crook. It manufactures and spreads lies. In this regard, it is worth noting Dr. ElBaradei's statement, who earlier headed the IAEA. In 2011, he told The New Yorker, "During my time at the agency we haven't seen a shred of evidence that Iran has been weaponizing, in terms of building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials," before adding, "I don't believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran."

But with a new director at the IAEA, long known to be the America's man in Vienna who has proudly boasted of being "solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision" (who began secretly meeting with White House and National Security Council officials before presenting biased IAEA reports on Iran), the campaign of lies and sanctions against Iran go unabated. A year ago, Suzanne Maloney - a former U.S. State Department policy adviser and currently a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution - argued in Foreign Affairs that Obama's policy of sanctions against Iran had cornered his administration into a pointless regime change posture with no chance for successful diplomacy. 

Since the days of GW Bush the pro-Israeli War Party has been beating the drum for war on Iran, lest we wake up to a mushroom cloud over an Israeli city. In his theatrical performance at the UN last year, Bibi Netanyahu has already introduced his 'ticking bomb' theory. Back then, on September 20, 2002, he told us, courtesy of the pro-war Wall Street Journal, about the necessity of going to war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. He wrote, "This is a dictator who is ... feverishly trying to acquire nuclear weapons." He continued, "(I)f action is not taken now, we will all be threatened by a much greater peril ... (for) no gas mask and no vaccine can protect against nuclear weapons."

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