Emergence of a United Front
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 even
Only Bush's Law
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
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
"He still kills. He kills in
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
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."
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
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
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."
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
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 justice."
After visiting La Paz, President
Ahmadinejad headed for Caracas for a meeting with President Hugo Chavez
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 revolutionary."
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