Double standards helps numerous countries but the United States is particularly aberrant and irritating, because if there is a nation that has hundreds of ‘sins’, it is this one. United States must be ‘decertified.
Mónica del Pilar Uribe Marín
The production and consumption of drugs, promotion of racism, interventionism, invasionism, crimes against humanity, sale of weapons, possession of nuclear centres, violation of human rights, intellectual property theft, support of terrorist groups…
The list is as long as the silence, the indifference and lack of action from the affected nations.
The reality is that last Wednesday, the United States planted doubt in Colombia that it could be decertified, because in the country “coca cultivation had increased by 42%.”
In its annual report which the Department of State of the United States publishes yearly, and which evaluates what foreign governments are doing to fight drug trafficking, it warned that “Colombia and the United States were going to have serious problems if they did not reduce the cultivation of illicit substances”.
And in recent days, the White House memorandum noted that Colombia (in the face of the large increase in coca cultivation) had not fulfilled its obligations, as stipulated in the international agreements against drug trafficking.
The memorandum mentions that in addition to Colombia, Afghanistan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are principal producers of drugs or are a transit country for illicit drugs.
And it decertifies Venezuela and Bolivia (for the umpteenth time), which is unsurprising as according to WikiLeaks, the United States helped groups advocating a coup in Bolivia in 2006 and 2009., and Evo and Maduro definitely represent what the US hates most. And if we look at the list we will find fascinating reasons not to certify them. All of them, in one form or another, do not do, do not say or are not what the United States wants, or prevent the country from going after what it wants.
The most absurd thing about the possible ‘decertification’ is that according to the World Drug Report 2017 from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the trafficking of ecstasy occurs (in addition to European countries, Russia and Australia) mostly in North America, which obviously includes the United States.
The same report, speaking of drug use, adds that “Cocaine use appears to be increasing in the two largest markets, North America and Europe. The prevalence of use of cocaine among the general population and testing in the workforce suggest an increase in cocaine use in the United States”.
However, it does not mention that the United States is a producer of chemical precursors – used in the production of drugs – and its campaign against its citizens’ drug usage has been ineffective.
In other words, that the United States does not have the moral authority to talk about it. Nor does it have the right to talk about others and demand no more weapons, no more drugs, no more dictatorships, no more human rights violations or any other better behaviour.
How is it possible for the country to do so, considering that it has carried out the most military interventions in the world, with Latin America being its most preferred territory, as evident in the 1823 Monroe Doctrine where it was declared, “a sphere of influence” for the United States?
On the other hand, the United States tops the list of the 10 most powerful armies in the world, and is number one on the list of countries with the most nuclear weapons (without mentioning that it was the first country to develop such weapons).
But the country also sells them. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 74% of exported weapons come from only 5 countries. These are: The United States, Russia, China, France and Germany.
In this sale of weapons are also, inexcusably, those made to Daesh and to nations that support terrorists. For example, the data includes: the sale of weapons made by US American officials to Daesh; how the US lost track of, which according to Amnesty International, are worth 1 billions of dollars that could end up in ISIS’s hands; the sale of aircrafts worth 12 billion dollars to Qatar (not long after Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism), or, according to WikiLeaks, the sale of weapons to Daesh made by Hillary Clinton.
To this is added the United States’ interventionist policy, which has led the country to bring an end to 50 governments, practice torture more than any other country in the world and destabilise nations for economic reasons.
In this eagerness to control and/or own everything, the United States has killed more than 30 million people since World War II, with 37 nations as its victims.
It has also financed (and then betrayed) dictators, terrorists and opposition movements against leftist governments.
Furthermore, it has patented inventions that were only made possible thanks to other individuals and countries – generally poorer – in order to produce medicines, and millions of dollars in profits have remained solely within the northern country, within its multinational companies and pharmaceutical corporations.
And we could continue to talk about the transnational and multinational companies that arrive, extract resources, take most of the profits and then leave lands devastated and communities displaced or destroyed, which are crimes against humanity.
We could take this as a bit of a joke and say that the United States had to suffer so much as a result of the United Kingdom and other European countries’ interventionism-driven and colonialist processes, and that after years of struggle and the loss of its indigenous American population, and also after miscegenation with its invaders, it decided to stand up and fight for its independence, because it never wants to lose it again… While this might be understandable, the fact is that having suffered from this war, the country has since stood up and now wants to remove others of their independence, their autonomy and impose their rules only. But…
First: America is not only for Americans. Second: America has three Americas (the other one is the United States). Third: it is time to say enough, it is time to look for regional alliances and strengthen the ones that already exist in order to move forward. Fourth: fear, over-admiration, lack of information, and, above all, the feeling of shame should not be felt by those that the United States does not ‘approve’ of. Fifth: Let’s decertify United States! (Mónica del Pilar Uribe Marín: twitter.com/uribemonic )
(Translated by Sydney Sims – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: Pixabay.