MADRID – US President George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar.
In the transcript of a meeting on February 22, 2003 — a month before the US-led invasion of Iraq — published in the El Pais daily, Bush tells Aznar that nations like Mexico, Angola, Chile and Cameroon must know that the security of the United States is at stake.
He says during the meeting on his ranch in Texas that Angola stood to lose financial aid while Chile could see a free trade agreement held up in the US Senate if they did not back the resolution.
I’m sooo glad that we have Bush around to help us with our international outlook. I’m surprised he still has enough free time to order the deaths of thousands more Iraqis in between giving Burma and Iran a damn good telling-off.
Only the vicious murders committed by nations that aren’t our friends count. Our murders are good murders!
In the next few days, you will be deluged with stories about how evil Burma is, every politician in the US and UK will spew forth worried platitudes about freedom and dictatorships. Here’s some now:
Michael Moore, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said: “The ruling junta in Burma is one of the most barbaric regimes in the world. Given the heinous crimes and human rights abuses that it continues to commit, it is indefensible for companies to do business with it. Those that do should be named and shamed.”
(Source: The Indepdendent)
Really? If that logic holds true, why are we not boycotting the US and urging sanctions on that barbaric regime? The USA tortures political prisoners, its military routinely shoots unarmed civilians, the USA ruthlessly suppresses dissenters in Iraq and re-labels them “insurgents.” This all sounds very similar to how the Burmese regime behaves, doesn’t it? Apart from a few differences: how many countries has Burma invaded lately? How many millions of civilians have Burmese troops killed?
Not one of these politicians will tackle the greatest evil in current world affairs: the illegal occupation of Iraq.
Hundreds are murdered every day in Iraq, mostly by the US military. Does this even make our headlines any more? Does anyone in the Western media care?
Of course, the government of Burma is a vicious, evil regime. I look forward to the day when the monsters behind it are behind bars.
But the Burmese government is a mere beginner at evil compared to George W. Bush’s.