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US sanctions against Iran and arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer - hypocritical actions of the Trump administration

Symbol picture rivalry USA and Iran

Update December 7th, 2018 - The unilateral withdrawal of the Trump administration from the treaty with Iran was a violation of that treaty. Iran itself had abided by this treaty. The Netanyahu government in Israel accused Iran of violating the treaty. The head of this government, Netanyahu, is facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.  


Now the Trump government arrested the head of finance of Huawei, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, while passing through Canada because Huawei allegedly violated US sanctions against Iran.  


The unilateral withdrawal of the USA from the Iran Agreement was a breach of contract and the imposition of sanctions by the USA may be contrary to international law, provided they relate only to the USA itself. However, their transfer to other states is certainly a violation of international law, an act of unilateral demonstration of power.  


The basis of the arrest is therefore a breach of contract by the USA and a violation of international law. The thief shouts: "Stop the thief" by accusing Huawei of violating US sanctions.  


Huawei has already been excluded from building a 5G network in the USA by decision of the Trump administration because of a threat to the national security of the USA. Now, for over 1.5 years, special investigator Robert Mueller has been investigating a collusion between Trump and the Russian government by interfering in the presidential election and publishing hooked emails from Hillary Clinton. More than a dozen charges have already been filed. Here, too, the alleged threat to US national security calls out: "Stop Huawei who want to endanger our national security!”  


For years, the US government has been engaged in worldwide espionage. SWIFT's entire European payment traffic moves to the storage locations of the CIA (faz.net of 9.9.2013). "US programs for monitoring worldwide Internet communications (XKeyscore, PRISM and Boundless Informant) as well as the even more comprehensive British monitoring program Tempora" were disclosed by Edward Snowden. (Wikipedia, entry Edward Snowden)  


The hypocritical operating of the US administration is only intended to cover up the sole dominating goal of continuing to exercise its unrestricted leading role in the world.


USA rivalry against China officially announced as the world's most important opposition

Symbol picture about China USA rivalry

November 23rd, 2018 - A 525-page report to the US Congress concludes that China's rise "undoubtedly put at risk the national security and economic interests of the United States, its allies, and partners”. This report was drafted by a commission advising the US Congress on security and trade issues in the US-China relationship.  


Why is this assessment so remarkable?  


It contains two messages, besides the one just quoted in addition to an implicit one.


The implicit message is: We, the United States, regard the whole world as our sphere of influence, in which we have the leading role. We will not let China dispute that.


So the implicit message assumes China is doing what the US itself has been doing for a long time. And the allies and partners should regard a threat to the world power number one position of the USA as a threat to their own security, their own economic interests.


In fact, it is the Trump politics itself that put at risk the security and interests of the USA. I will only pick out these eight points:

  • The "America first" policy makes a blunt claim to hegemony in the world and within one's own country.
  • Within the US itself, Trump politics undermines the independence of the judiciary, it undermines freedom of the press, it promotes racism in the US, its policies continue to undermine the social position of women and celebrate sexism as a lifestyle.
  • The Trump government's tax laws minimize the share of the rich and super-rich in financing social tasks and put the financing of public tasks on the shoulders of the working people of this and future generations. In addition, the Trump policy increases the national debt by another trillion US dollars.
  • The Trump policy endangers the trade in goods in particular, but not only, with China. The American farmers have to store the soybean harvest, which was otherwise taken at 60% to 80% by China, at high prices or even let it rot. Government taxpayers' money is distributed to the farmers in billions and is then lacking elsewhere.
  • The Trump politics builds walls against refugees (Mexico), separates children from their parents in the refugee camps and stirs up the war of religions against Muslims.
  • The Trump politics replaces provocatively the protection of the environment by further and intensified overexploitation of the environment.
  • The Trump policy declares that it wants to militarize space. The arms budget of the US exceeds the sum of the arms budgets of China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, France, Great Britain and Japan.
  • The messages and statements of the Trump politics to the population as well as to the world have leveraged lie and demagogy to a system. More than 3,000 lies and misleading statements have been proven to Trump so far and more are being made every day.


This report to the US Congress is the document that officially proclaims the US rivalry with China as the world's most important opposition. This means that the global political situation will be changed by two camps from now on and in the future.


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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