By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, May 24, 2020
Two months have gone by since the Secretary General of the United Nations proposed an absolutely necessary global ceasefire.
The U.S. government has blocked a vote on the ceasefire in the UN Security Council.
The U.S. government during these past two months has led the world in:
- military spending
- weapons manufacture
- foreign weapons sales
- bombs dropped
- imposition of brutal sanctions
- threats of new wars
- attempted coups
- war rehearsals
- destruction of key disarmament treaties
- COVID-19 cases
- COVID-19 deaths
- vetoes and effective veto threats at the United Nations
The world cannot continue to allow the U.S. government to hold it back. A government misrepresenting 4 percent of humanity has no business controlling global policies. The cause of democratizing the United Nations might be aided by the governments of the world working around the UN when necessary. Right now it is necessary. The world’s government are perfectly capable of agreeing to a Global Ceasefire, signed and ratified by every nation but the United States, and of prosecuting U.S. violations of that law under universal jurisdiction. This would, after all, amount merely to restating the existence of the Kellogg-Briand Pact and/or the United Nations Charter, and committing to upholding one or both of those laws.
The U.S. government is committed to opposing the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and global cooperation. It wants wars to continue for the sake of profits, but claims the justification of “fighting terrorism,” despite the fact that terrorism predictably increased from 2001 through 2014, principally as a predictable result of the war on terrorism, which itself has been indistinguishable from terrorism. The world has no excuse for tolerating this madness.
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Excellent article with sound arguments for a very commendable proposal. If nations cannot compel their governments to unite and act against the psychotic empire then only a global people’s movement is left – very difficult, much more difficult to achieve (although the global anti-war demonstration of 2003 has proven it IS possible).
We. as U.S. citizens can no longer perpetuate our military buildup which causes death and suffering not only to war victims but also for the people here who suffer because the war budget is eating up funds badly needed for human needs. It is time we bring an end to our militarism and use our power and intelligence to discover ways of making peace.