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September 11 2004: time to move towards common security PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 September 2004 00:50
After the attack on the World Trade Centre in September 11, 2001, the
US administration was asking the question "why do they hate us" but
no one at that time was prepared to answer the question. Now with the
National Commission on Terrorism having re-visited the
"intelligence" prior to the attack, with the wisdom of three years of reflection, the question needs to be answered.
September 11 2004: time to move towards common security

Joan Russow (PhD
Global Compliance Research Institute
1 250 598-0071

After the attack on the World Trade Centre in September 11, 2001, the
US administration was asking the question "why do they hate us" but
no one at that time was prepared to answer the question. Now with the
National Commission on Terrorism having re-visited the
"intelligence" prior to the attack, with the wisdom of three years of reflection,
the question needs to be answered.

The US administration could be hated because the US administration
either alone or along with others has:

* engaged in covert and overt "Operations" against independent
states; from "Operation Zapata", and "Operation Northwoods" against
Cuba, through "Operation Condor" in Chile, through years of
euphemistic operations such as "Operation Just Cause" against Panama
and more recently "Operation enduring freedom" against Afghanistan,
and "Operation Iraqi Freedom"against Iraq

* targeted and assisted in the assassination of leaders of other
sovereign states, and condoned the targeting and assassinating of
leaders by other states

* undermined Common Security: peace, human rights, environment and
social justice.

* undermined the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war
by intimidating or offering economic incentives in exchange for
support for military intervention; (the US continually cajoles,
intimidates, and bribes, on other members of the United Nations.)

* perceived justice in terms of revenge through military intervention
rather than respecting the jurisdiction of the International Court of
and misused Art 51 in the Charter of the United Nations to justify
military aggression

* disregarded obligations incurred through conventions, treaties, and
covenants; and made commitments through conference action plans,
related to the Public trust/ Common security - peace, environment,
human rights and social justice

* Failed to sign, failed to ratify, failed to enact the necessary
legislation to ensure compliance with, or respect for Public Trust
international Conventions, Covenants and Treaties,

* demonstrated disdain for the international rule of law, and refused
to accept the jurisdiction or decision of the International Court of

* undermined international obligations incurred through Conventions,
Treaties, and Covenants, and commitments through UN Conference Action
Plans, related to the Public Trust or to Common Security -peace,
environment, human rights and social justice

* failed to act on commitments made through UN Conference Action
Plans, or failed to fulfill expectations created through General
Assembly Resolutions.

* promulgated propaganda for war in violation of the International
Covenant of Civil and Political Rights

* justified military intervention by misinterpreting Article 51 of
the UN Charter " Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the
inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed
attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the
Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain
international peace and security

* participated in military organization, such as NATO that has a
first strike nuclear policy in violation of the ruling of the
International Court of Justice that the use or threat to use nuclear
weapons was contrary to international humanitarian law,

* misconstrued prevention of war by adopting a policy of
pre-emptive/preventive attack to aggressively attack sovereign states
that are designated as being on the axis of evil.

* established military bases in sovereign states (in the case of the
US over 700 military bases in over 40 countries around the world

* produced weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear, chemical, and
biological, in defiance of the global commitment made at Stockholm in
1972 to eliminate the production of weapons of mass destruction. and
refused to abide by the Non Proliferation treaty obligations

* circulated nuclear powered or nuclear arms capable vessels
throughout the world, and berthed these vessels in urban ports

* planted land mines throughout the world, and failed to sign and
ratify the Convention for the banning of Landmines

* moved towards the militarization of space, and increasing the arms
race through the US Anti-ballistic Missile system

* used weapons such as Depleted Uranium and cluster bombs that would
be prohibited under the Geneva Protocol II

* continued to engage in cruel and unusual punishment - Capital

*promulgated globalization, deregulation and privatization through
promoting trade agreements, such as the WTO/FTAA/NAFTA etc that
undermine the rule of international public trust law

* subsidized and invested in companies that have developed weapons of
mass destruction, that have violated human rights, that have denied
social justice, that have exploited workers, that have destroyed the

* failed to ensure that corporations, including transnational
corporations comply .. with international law, and to revoke charters
of corporations that violate human rights, destroy the environment,
denies social justice and contributes to war and conflict

* opposed Mandatory International Ethical Normative (MIEN) standards
and enforceable regulations to drive industry to conform to
international law, and supported corporate "voluntary compliance"

* failed to revoke charters and licences of corporations that have
violated human rights, including labour rights, that have contributed
to war and violence, and that have led to the destruction of the

* promoted the privatization of public services such as water, and
health care, and reduced funding for universities, and promoted
corporate funding of education and corporate direction of research

* contributed to environmentally induced diseases and poverty related
health problems and denied universal access, to publicly funded not
for profit health care system

*. failed to reduce their military budget and reallocate military
expenses and transfer the savings into global social justice as
undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General
Assembly Resolutions. (The US spends over 500 billion per year on the
military and is the major exporter of arms)

* opposed an international commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for
overseas aid, and condoned corporations benefiting and profiting from

* advocated and supported IMF structural adjustment program, and
exploited vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world

* failed to cancel third world debt and failed to ensure the human
right to safe drinking water, the human right to unadulterated
(non-genetically engineered pesticide-free food), the human right to
safe accessible housing, the human right to be clothed, the human
right to education, the human right to universally accessible not for
profit publicly funded health care that stresses the importance of
prevention of environmentally induced diseases, and poverty related
illnesses. ( many of these rights have been protected through
international human rights instruments)

* promoted the spread of Evangelical Christianity around the world,
undermining local indigenous cultures, and instilling fear through
the dangerous, and absurd belief in the "rapture" , "Armageddon" and
"left behind"

* participated in the proselytizing of religion and the undermining
of other cultures and perpetuated the notion that Christianity is
superior to other religions

* produced or permitted the production of toxic, hazardous, atomic
waste, and failed to prevent the transfer to other states of
substances and activities that are harmful to human health or the
environment as agreed at the UN Conferences on the Environment and
Development, 1992.

* denied civil and political rights including the right to freedom of
speech and the right of peaceful assembly, and fundamental labour

* produced, promoted, grown or approved genetically engineered
foods and crops and led to a deterioration of the food supply, and
heritage seeds

* ignored the warnings of the Intergovernmental panel on Climate
change,ignored obligations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change,. and failed to ratify Kyoto Protocol

* Gutted the precautionary principle which reads where there is a threat to health and the environment, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used to postpone measures to prevent the threat

* discriminated on the following grounds:
- race, tribe, or culture;
- colour, ethnicity, national ethnic or social origin, or language;
nationality, place of birth, or nature of residence (refugee or
immigrant, migrant worker);
- gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or
of family,
- disability or age;
- religion or conviction, political or other opinion, or - class, economic
position, or other status;
* denied women's reproductive rights,
* denied fundamental rights through the imposition of religious beliefs
* enacted anti-terrorism legislation that violates civil and
political rights, and engaged in racial profiling
* failed to distinguish legitimate dissent from criminal acts of

* accepted corporate donations, and deluded the public into thinking
that citizens live in a democracy.

To prevent a global future dominated by fear, the US must move not towards "fortress America" and pre-emptive attacks but towards true security: global common security.

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