Sunday, 18 December 2011
It is rhetorically easy to justify foreign interventions under the notion of supporting and defending democracy and human rights. Indeed, I have a general conclusion that freedom will triumph as long as there is a consistent allegiance to these values. Pictured above is Donald Rumsfeld, the first Secretary of Defense in George W. Bush's cabinet, and his friendly meeting in 1983 with Saddam Hussein in Iraq. His purpose was to supply the chemical and biological weapons that the Ba'ath Party regime went on to use to commit its mass genocide and ethic cleansing against the resistance movement in Kurdistan. It is somewhat one-dimensional to describe the 2003 invasion of Iraq as merely a war over oil; but the primary reason behind the United States intervention in the first Gulf War was just that. Directly and indirectly, it preserved the profitable fossil fuel interests of multinational corporations; it should be noted, contributing to climate change, alongside Saddam's tactical destruction of natural ecology when allowing the spilling of barrels of Kuwaiti oil into the Persian Gulf.
There are numerous occasions on which Saddam's dictatorship could have been overthrown by Iraqi dissidents. There can be no doubt of its unbelievable brutality, corruption, fundamentalism and sadism. But the efforts of these underground movements for liberal democracy: comprising of activists, women's rights advocates, secularists and pseudonymous journalists, were crushed viciously, as direct consequence of the arms supplied by western administrations. Two of the most prominent subsidizers of Saddam Hussein's regime were the governments of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, a support much similar to their affinity for Augusto Pinochet's Chilean junta.
Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship was supplied with multi-billions of military aid for over 30 years, and was only disowned by the U.S. government until its position became entirely untenable. During this sympathetic diplomacy, encouragement of the Egyptian revolutionaries was at the very least tepid. Now covert support and provision of American-made tear gas and ammunition has shifted to the Egyptian SCAF instead. The facility of moral determination speaks for itself.