The Guardian October 9, 2002

Bush's Mein Kampf of world domination

by Peter Symon
General Secretary Communist Party of Australia Few in Australia will read in full the document issued on September 17 by President Bush called The National Security Strategy of the United States of America yet, if Bush remains as US President for long, it will embroil Australia and the world in endless conflicts and wars.
The US strategy, which for decades was oriented around the Soviet and communist "enemy", is now centred around the "war on terrorism". Bush sets the scene and the target: "The US is fighting a war against terrorists of global reach. The enemy is not a single political regime or person or religion or ideology. The enemy is terrorism premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against innocents", said Bush. However, it has not taken long for the US to introduce yet another convenient target weapons of mass destruction It is necessary for US imperialism to find issues that it can use to undertake actions anywhere and everywhere if its objective of world domination is to be fulfilled. It has to find global enemies to justify its aggression and wars. "It is time to reaffirm the essential role of American military strength. We must build and maintain our defenses beyond challenge." It is claimed that "The unparalleled strength of the US armed forces, and their forward presence, have maintained the peace in some of the world's most strategically vital regions." And just in case China, Russia, India or any other country starts to develop big ideas we are told "Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing, or equaling the power of the United States." Bush talks of "global terrorism". and although the document writes of "the embittered few" it then asserts that "Thousands of trained terrorists remain at large in cells in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and across Asia." That covers the whole world (except Antarctica and the Pacific). It is being used to justify US military involvement in any part of the world, as has already occurred in our own region, in the Philippines. To make sure that every individual, organisation or state could be made into a target, Bush's document says, "We make no distinction between terrorists and those who knowingly harbor or provide aid to them." As is presently the case with Iraq it is not necessary for the Bush administration to prove its assertions. It merely makes them and expects everyone to accept them. Bush claimed in introducing the National Security Strategy that, "The great struggles of the 20th century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy and free enterprise". This theme is repeated throughout the document with many phrases such as "common values", "free trade" and "free markets", "human dignity", "cooperative action", "equal justice", "the rule of law", "peace", "limits on the absolute power of the state", "free speech", "freedom of worship" and, of course "respect for private property" meaning by that, the private property of capital rather than the homes of working class families. Free markets It is claimed that "free markets and free trade have proven their ability to lift whole societies out of poverty". But to protect America's steel industry and the agricultural sector the US Government has imposed high tariffs against the import of steel and has extended subsidies to the US agricultural sector. The Strategy document says that "there is a sound statutory framework for these transitional safeguards" and that "the benefits of free trade do not come at the expense of American workers", not that the Bush administration shows any genuine concern for American workers. The needs and livelihoods of the workers of other countries are of no concern to the US administration. The US we are told "will use our economic engagement with other countries to underscore the benefits .of the rule of law and intolerance of corruption so that people are confident that they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their economic endeavors". This is being said midst an economic crisis in the US which has been marked by a number of huge bankruptcies in which company executives (Enron and World.Com and HIH in Australia) have taken out huge personal salary grabs and share options. It this smacks of mind-boggling hypocrisy. Hypocrisy One major feature of the Bush document is its hypocrisy. On issue after issue the inference is that others are obliged to "do as I say rather than to do as I do". The US will continue its push for the inclusion of labour and environmental conditions in negotiations for trade deals. This is claimed to "improve working conditions in conjunction with freer trade". However, the reality is different. Such conditions incorporated into trade negotiations are aimed to impose impossible conditions on trade partners and give advantages to the American side. The requirement regarding the environment is said in the light of the refusal of the US to ratify the Kyoto environmental protocols. The document blandly says that "the major greenhouse gas emitters [are] China and India". The US is to strengthen its own energy security by expanding "the sources and types of global energy supplied, especially in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, Central Asia and the Caspian region". The establishment of US bases in several Central Asian countries and the intended war against Iraq and other countries in the Middle East are part of this strategic objective. There is much talk of US "allies and friends" and enlisting the "support of the international community" but, says the document "we will not hesitate to act alone to exercise our right of self defence by acting preemptively against such terrorists, to prevent them from doing harm against our people and our country." Pre-emptive strike "Pre-emptive strike" is another word for aggression that is outlawed under the Charter of the United Nations. Throughout the document there are examples of US "unilateralism" which has become of such concern around the world. "The US has long maintained the option of preemptive actions to counter a sufficient threat to our national security", says Bush. It was this doctrine that was exercised when the US invaded Cuba, Panama, Grenada, and Haiti and supported military coups in Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador and only this year in Venezuela. These countries however, did not threaten the US with weapons of mass destruction but with the ideas of social revolution and the defeat of American colonial control and exploitation which has left the people of these countries to live in dire poverty. While there is talk of "common action" with other countries and governments, there is only a passing reference to the United Nations Organisation. The UN is seen as an organisation to "provide the humanitarian, political, economic and security assistance [to the US?] necessary to rebuild Afghanistan." The UN is not seen at all as the organisation charged with the responsibility of settling disputes and maintaining the peace. It is there to clean up the mess created by US wars. The International Criminal Court established by the United Nations is completely rejected. "We will take the actions necessary to ensure that our efforts to meet our global security commitments and protect Americans are not impaired by the potential for investigations, inquiry, or prosecution by the International Criminal Court whose jurisdiction does not extend to Americans.", says the Strategy document. In the eyes of the Bush administration US forces can commit any crime in any part of the world and not be held to account by anyone. Above the law This attitude towards the UN is confirmed by the assertions of Bush that if the UN does not act in connection with Iraq as the US demands, the US will act alone. If this should happen the UN will be virtually destroyed. But for the US this would clear the way for the operation at will of US unilateralism. This is one of the major issues that are causing such disquiet and opposition to the Bush policies around the world. "In exercising our leadership, we will respect the values, judgment and interests of our friends and partners. Still, we will be prepared to act apart when our interests and unique responsibilities require." What are America's "unique responsibilities"? Is this the emergence of a new "master race" theory, not Aryan but American? Much of the Strategy statement deals with the attitude of the US to other countries. "Afghanistan has been liberated", says the document. Has it? Or has it become an American colony. After all, the new Afghanistan Prime Minister is an American-appointed stooge. The US supports "moderate and modern government, especially in the Muslim world." The US stands "ready to work with a reformed Palestinian government. If Palestinians embrace democracy and the rule of law, confront corruption and firmly reject terror, they can count on American support for the creation of a Palestinian state." Indonesia is expected to "create a working democracy and respect the rule of law.. and accept open markets." Re-colonisation We are told that the US "will work with others for an African continent that lives in liberty, peace, and growing prosperity". Fine words, but the reality is different. Together with its European allies, the objective remains the reimposition of colonialism in one form or another. Whenever there is some conflict on the African continent, (conflicts that are mostly the consequence of the earlier colonisation of all Africa by the British, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Germans), these imperialist countries rapidly send their troops in to ensure that the slowly emerging but still weak African governments remain firmly under the control of the European powers. South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia are to receive the "focused attention" of the US. It is claimed with breathtaking dishonesty that "North Korea has become the world's principle purveyor of ballistic missiles, and has tested increasingly capable missiles while developing its own weapons of mass destruction (WMD) arsenal". Not only does North Korea not possess any ballistic missiles (weapons capable of travelling into space before returning to earth) it has only low level missile technology and has agreed for some years to end any missile tests. The US is by far the world's greatest purveyor of all types of weapons to other countries, including those that come into the category of being WMD. Perhaps the most interesting comments are reserved for Russia, China and India. Bush's Strategy says, "We are attentive to the possible renewal of old patterns of great power competition. Several potential great powers are now in the midst of internal transition most importantly, Russia, India and China." Russia's top leaders have a realistic assessment of their country's current weakness. Russia's very weakness limits the opportunities for cooperation", says the Bush doctrine. "We will continue to bolster the independence and stability of the states of the former Soviet Union in the belief that a prosperous and stable neighborhood will reinforce Russia's growing commitment to integration into the Euro-Atlantic community." On the basis of the "doubts" that the US still has about the direction of events in Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union the US has sent troops to Georgia and other southern republics of the Soviet Union and is establishing long-term bases in these countries. "We welcome the emergence of a strong, peaceful and prosperous China", says the Strategy statement. It goes on: "Yet, a quarter century after beginning the process of shedding the worst features of the Communist legacy, China's leaders have not yet made the next series of fundamental choices about the character of their state". It is claimed that China is "pursuing advanced military capabilities that can threaten its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region." China is lectured to "become more open with information, promote the development of civil society, and enhance individual human rights". China has become the fourth largest trading partner of the United States and its economy is growing at a substantially faster pace that the "free market" economy of the US. A recent announcement in the media revealed that China has now surpassed the US as the biggest recipient of foreign capital. There is a spectre haunting the US and it is the spectre of a powerful China, exceeding the economic and political influence of the United States. It is of interest that the Arab League recently requested that China play a more active part in Middle East politics. For this reason the US is setting up a provocation to be used as an excuse for war against China in the future. It is the "independence" of Taiwan. Despite the repeated assertions that the US recognises only one China and that Taiwan is a province of China, the reality of American political and military actions tells a completely opposite story. The total militarisation of the foreign policy of the US is starkly revealed. The Bush doctrine says that "To contend with uncertainty and to meet the many security challenges we face, the US will require bases and stations within and beyond Western Europe and Northeast Asia." "We must prepare for more . deployments by developing assets such as advanced remote sensing, long-range precision strike capabilities, and transformed manoeuvre and expeditionary forces." The Bush doctrine presents a militarised Frankenstein monster striding across the world, smashing any country that dares to disagree, using its economic and military might to impose and maintain its domination everywhere as the US pursues its "unique responsibilities". It is in recognition of these realities openly set down in the Bush doctrine, that many countries and people around the world are mobilising to defeat this new danger to the whole world. In the 1940s the people of the world mobilised and defeated Nazism which pursued the same monstrous objective of world domination. It is time again to build a people's collective security to prevent an even greater danger imposing a new form of slavery, colonialism and barbarism on the people of all countries.

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