Opinion

US policy in the Indo-Pacific area is based on hypocrisy

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the USA, explained before the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations:

  • „Our vision for the Indo-Pacific excludes no nation. It only requires that nations treat their neighbours with respect, and respect the sovereignty of our nations and international rules and order.”  


I'd love to! Agreed!  


Have the governments of the USA practised respect for neighbours and international rules in the Indo-Pacific region?  


In 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 70,000 people in one fell swoop and causing consequential damage for decades.  


1953 Korean War in a country more than 6,000 miles away from the USA. To date, almost 30,000 US troops have been stationed in South Korea.  


From 1965 to 1973 the USA waged one of the most brutal wars in Vietnam, almost 9,000 miles away, with the cruellest bombing, use of napalm and chemical weapons.

From 2001 to the present day, the USA has been waging war against Afghanistan, 12,000 km away.  


Since 2004, the USA has flown 330 drone missions over Pakistan, killing over 2,200 people. (Wikipedia, entry drone strikes in Pakistan)  


What Pence wants to tell us is this: "Respect for neighbors" - as far as they are on the side of US world hegemonic politics. But war and oppression, as far as this is not the case. 


Furthermore, Pence wants to tell us that the USA adheres to "international rules" - as far as these are in the interest of the USA. But breach of international law, as far as it opposes the hegemonic US interest.  


With abysmal hypocrisy the US policy tries to make its world hegemonic aspiration palatable to all peace-loving people. Let's stick to the facts!Hypocrisy does not end peacefully.


About the summit with Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore

 

June 11th, 2018 - Reading the German and international press about the Singapore Summit, you get the feeling of sitting in a train driving in a certain direction. However, this direction has not been explicitly chosen and no information is provided about the direction itself. It is implicitly taken for granted in the media.


There is a meeting between the "ruler" Kim, the "dictator" Kim and the US president. It’s about the US President's decision as to whether or not North Korea may possess nuclear weapons. This initial situation is assumed to be legitimate.


But it's not!

 

Every country has the right to self-defense. The USA, which wants to ban North Korea from owning nuclear weapons, is itself in possession of the world's largest nuclear weapons potential. The US government was the first and so far the only one to let atom bombs drop to two cities that immediately killed over 70,000 civilians. This crime is still erroneously justified as shortening the war. Where does the US administration get the legitimacy to demand the abolition of nuclear weapons from North Korea?

 

Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea in front of the doorstep of North Korea. How would the US government evaluate the deployment of thousands of soldiers from North Korea, for example, in Cuba or Mexico?

 

Nuclear weapons are atrocious weapons of mass destruction, to which there is only one legitimate demand: Prohibition and destruction of all nuclear weapons!

 

Until this goal is achieved, possession of nuclear weapons must be linked to a credible commitment never to be the first to use nuclear weapons. This was explained by socialist China under Mao Tsedong. Such an obligation must be demanded from North Korea, which has so far explained this just en passant. Such an obligation must also be demanded from the US government, which has rejected it so far.

 

North Korea feels threatened by US policy and South Korea by North Korea. A peace treaty can therefore determine that North and South Korea may reunite themselves peacefully, that all foreign troops are withdrawn from the Korean Peninsula, that the security of North and South Korea is guaranteed by several guarantee powers and that on this basis the Korean peninsula will be free of nuclear weapons.


Thomas Quest

quest(at)quest-trends.com 

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