Prof. Richard Falk. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the book « Achieving Human Rights« . Don’t you think that the many interventions of American imperialism, under the pretext of spreading human rights and democracy, have emptied the concept of human rights from its substance?
Prof. Richard Falk: I would place the stress on the discrediting effects of the disastrous American imperial intervention, and subsequent occupation, of Iraq starting in 2003. Especially when the allegation of hiding stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction proved false, the United States justified the intervention as a textbook liberation of the Iraqi people, an exercise in what was called ‘democracy promotion.’ Even earlier, the U.S. Government attempted to justify its regime-changing intervention in Afghanistan as beneficial for women, as an undertaking that was described under such headings as ‘women empowerment.’ As with Iraq, the intervention in Afghanistan has brought massive suffering to the people of the country, and discredited all claims that human rights and democracy could be achieved by military intervention. Lire la suite »
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the American policy which consists in having a dialogue with Iran to reach an agreement on Iranian nuclear power, and operate a strategic change in its relations with Cuba, while on the other hand, the Obama administration persists in its policy of sanctions against Venezuela and Russia, and does not hesitate to decree that Venezuela constitutes a threat for the internal security of the United States?
Stephen Lendman: US dialogue with Cuba and Iran is very suspect in my judgment. Longstanding US policy calls for unchallenged global dominance. It wants pro-Western regimes replacing all independent governments. It wants regime change in Cuba and Iran. What’ll come from talks with both countries remains to be seen. At the same time, Russia and Venezuela face overt US hostility. America could end up at war with either or both countries. Nuclear war is possible. Lunatics in Washington make anything possible. Lire la suite »
The aggressive and mindless stance that Washington’s warmongers have taken toward Russia and China have shattered the accomplishment of Reagan and Gorbachev.
Reagan and Gorbachev ended the cold war and removed the threat of nuclear armageddon. Now the neocons, the US budget-dependent (taxpayer dependent) US military/security complex, and the US politicians dependent on campaign funds from the military/security complex have resurrected the nuclear threat. Lire la suite »