[Marxism] Emergence of A United Front Against Bush
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Mon Oct 8 13:07:34 MDT 2007
Emergence of A United Front Against Bush
Just like the authorities in Israel, President George W. Bush
ceaselessly looks for new ''Hitlers'' and invents many if there are
none, to justify the system's thirst for territorial occupation and
by Ardeshir Ommani
As President George W. Bush is increasingly becoming alienated from
the American public and internationally is turning into a pariah, the
leaders of such independent nations as Zimbabwe, Cuba, Bolivia,
Nicaragua and Iran respond forcefully to his heartless and mediocre
rhetoric and his ongoing search for finding terrorists inside the U.S.
and overseas. Just like the authorities in Israel, he ceaselessly
looks for new "Hitlers" and invents many if there are none, to justify
the system's thirst for territorial occupation and murderous campaigns
against the peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and maybe
Only Bush's Law Applies
In response to his bellicosity, the leaders of a number of countries
not bowing to Washington's hegemonic control have characterized "the
leader of the free world" with such attributes that befit a shady
emperor ruling over a falling empire. Among these Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe, attending the 62nd session of the United
Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2007, accused President
George W. Bush of "rank hypocrisy" over his lecturing the world on
human rights and democracy. "He (Bush) has much to atone for and very
little to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,"
Mugabe told the world leaders listening to his admonition. "His hands
drip with the innocent blood of many nationalities."
"He still kills. He kills in Afghanistan. And this is supposed to be
our master on human rights?" asked Mugabe comparing such horrendous
prisons as Guantanamo Naval Base and Abu Ghraib to "concentration
camps where only Bush's law applies." Furthermore, he charged the
U.S. with the crimes of running "secret torture chambers" in Europe
and the United States.
In the context of exposing U.S. crimes within the framework of the
United Nations, next in line stood the Cuban delegation. Partly
sparked by Bush's vicious remark during his UN pontification that "in
Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictatorship is nearing its end,"
Cuba's delegation walked out in protest, Nicaraguan President Daniel
Ortega accused Bush of a "total lack of respect" and the Bolivian
President announced that Castro sends teams of doctors to other
countries "…to save lives, unlike the president of the United States
who sends troops to end lives."
Bush's Delirium Tremens
A statement from the Cuban foreign ministry accused the U.S. leader
with having ordered the torture of prisoners, and "kidnapping people"
using "clandestine flights" and operating "secret prisons." The
statement from Havana boldly pointed out that "He (Bush) is a criminal
and has no moral authority or credibility to judge any other country.
Cuba condemns and rejects each letter of his outrageous diatribe."
Responding to Bush's salvo of truculency, Cuban Foreign Minister
Felipe Perez Roque characterized his mannerism as a "delirium tremens
of the world's policeman - the intoxication of imperial power,
sprinkled with mediocrity and the cynicism of those who threaten to
launch wars in which they know their lives are not at risk." In
continuation he said, "The U.S. leader talks about democracy, but we
all know that he is lying. He came into office through fraud and
deceit." He finally accused Bush of being directly responsible for
"the death of 600,000 civilians in Iraq."
The stern condemnation of the leader of the "free world" did not come
to an end with the Zimbabwean and Cuban leaders. From Latin America,
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the U.S. of imposing a
worldwide dictatorship in his speech on September 25, 2007, before the
world leaders in the U.N. General Assembly. The world is suffering,
he said, under "the most colossal behemoth dictatorship that has
existed – the empire of North America." An "imperialist minority is
imposing global capitalism to impoverish us all and impose apartheid
against Latin American immigrants and against African immigrants."
Iran's Right to Nuclear Technology
President Daniel Ortega said "The United States, as the only country
in the world that has used nuclear bombs in a war against civilians,
is in no position to question the right of Iran and North Korea to
pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. And even if they
want nuclear power for purposes that are not peaceful, with what right
does the (U.S.) have to question it?"
At this point of discourse it is crucially important to inform not
only those who have secured for themselves real seats of power in the
headquarters of the empire, but also those who pretend to be
progressive and friends of the Iranian working class, that the ranks
of the world's truly anti-imperialist front is increasing in depth and
breadth by the day. This development will naturally soon separate the
real and true friends of the people from all other shades of
pretenders, whose main ambition is to find a comfortable seat in the
empire's corridors of power or simply receive monetary remuneration.
The next on line stood the Bolivian President Evo Morales, who
rightfully defended his country's recent establishment of diplomatic
and economic relations with Iran, which had fallen under acute
criticism by the U.S. government. In that regard, President Morales
said "Bolivia has the right to have diplomatic relations with Latin
America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We will never promote
war…but nor do we accept that in the name of peace, the criterion of
the strongest (nation) prevails."
La Paz communiqué
In La Paz, Presidents Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales signed a joint
communiqué expressing the "rights of all developing nations to develop
nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." The diplomatic and economic
cooperation between Iran and Bolivia became such a great source of
discomfort for the staff in the State Department that the U.S.
ambassador to La Paz expressed his feelings of displeasure over the
relations with Iran to his counterpart in Bolivia.
During President Ahmadinejad's visit to Bolivia, Evo Morales declared
that the "international community can rest assured that Bolivia's
foreign policy is dedicated to peace with equality and social
After visiting La Paz, President Ahmadinejad headed for Caracas for a
meeting with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela on September 26, 2007.
Chavez has persistently defended Iran's right to develop a nuclear
energy program for peaceful purposes. Ahmadinejad has visited
Venezuela three times, and pledged to invest $10 billion with
Venezuela on joint energy projects during his trip in September 2006.
The oil companies, Petroleos of Venezuela and Petropars of Iran have
started drilling on a block in Venezuela's heavy oil belt or Faja.
The two countries have begun building a petrochemical plant, and a car
assembly, a tractor building factory and a cement producing plant
which are already in the stage of full production and even export to
the neighboring countries of Bolivia, Peru and Columbia. No doubt
these common projects are a huge source of resentment for U.S.
monopoly capital and Washington's administration. Along with Cuba,
Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela in Latin America, Ecuador's
President Rafael Correa also has expressed a desire for closer
economic and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Upon Ahmadinejad's arrival to Venezuela on September 27, 2007, Chavez
greeted the Iranian leader warmly on a red carpet in front of the
Presidential palace, where they both spoke their hearts and let the
world know what their grievances are with Washington and how to go
about alleviating them. "We will continue resisting to the end in the
face of imperialism," said Ahmadinejad. "And the age of imperialism
has ended." In his turn, President Chavez strongly defended Iran's
nuclear energy program. Chavez said he was proud of Ahmadinejad's
courage while under ambush by belligerent Lee Bollinger of New York's
Colombia University. He said, "An imperial spokesman tried to
disrespect you, but you responded with the greatness of a
--Ardeshir Ommani is a writer and an activist in the anti-war and
anti-imperialist struggle for many years, including against the
Vietnam War. Ardeshir is a co-founder of the American-Iranian
Friendship Committee (AIFC) www.progressiveportals.com/aifc, where
news and analysis of U.S.-Iranian relations can be found, along with
reports of his recent visits to Iran. He helped launch the successful
www.StopWarOnIran.org campaign. In the 1960's, he was a co-founder of
the Iranian Students Association (ISA), which contributed to the
struggle against the Shah of Iran, a U.S. puppet. Two of his recent
articles: "U.S. Plan for Iran's Containment" can be viewed at
Persianmirror.com and "Erratic U.S. Foreign Policy" at payvand.com.
He can be contacted at:
Ardeshiromm at optonline.net www.progressiveportals.com/aifc
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