“The US, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide,” she [Irene Khan, Amnesty Secretary General] said.
“When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity.”
The administration was seeking “to dilute the absolute ban on torture”, Ms Khan added.
(Source: BBC News)
Of course, the above report was immediately rejected by the US government. Apparently, when the US tortures people in its prison camps, that’s completely different to when any other country carries out torture. US torture is good for people, good for democracy and great for business.
The US staged a pre-emptive invasion of a country that wasn’t attacking it. So, why shouldn’t any other country, say North Korea, do exactly the same? Can’t North Korea make up some dossiers and rant at the UN, as Colin Powell did, before invading wherever it pleases?
Once it’s invaded and killed hundreds of thousands of people, it can then pretend WMDs or national security were never issues and it was invading purely to liberate the population from an oppressive capitalist regime.
The actions of Bush and the US government have changed the world and the true effects haven’t even been felt yet. They will trickle down through the years. Their unilateral flouting of international law will be copied by every other tin-pot dictator as and when they see fit.
When questioned, future dictators will be able to cite the invasion of Iraq and simply say they are acting in accordance with US strategy. If they feel like torturing people, they can say that any torture carried out was the result of individual aberrations and fail to prosecute any military commanders or politicians. Just as the US has done.
Bush and his cronies have pushed the world away from law and towards rule by force, fear and barbarism.