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What the US should do
    #430809 - 10/19/01 07:13 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

This is written by Paul Foot, an ex- leader of the Labour party in the UK in rresponse to the recent one-sided debate in parliament

Stop subsidising the government of Israel. Stop appeasing the war criminal Sharon. The continuous breaches by Israel of United Nations resolutions, the constant seizure of other peoples' territory, the apparently everlasting persecution of the Palestinian people have been sustained by more economic and military aid from the US and Britain than has been bestowed on any other country on earth. Appeasement of Israel has been the lynchpin of US and British policy in the Middle East, and is obviously connected, at whatever distance, to the terrorist attacks on September 11. Yet the crucial importance of Palestine to the issue was emphasised by only one MP in the debate - John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead)

Stop appeasing the Russian government over its murder and torture of the people of Chechnya. This subject got an honourable mention from Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton), who rejoiced that "not least because of the events in Chechnya, Moscow is very much on side in attempting to find a solution to what has been going on in Afghanistan".

Stop bombing Iraq - hardly mentioned in the debate.

Stop cuddling up to feudal and sexist dictatorships such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia which are every bit as foul as the Taliban. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold) said: "One thinks with admiration of the bravery of General Musharraf of Pakistan." No one seemed to disagree, or even protest that the brave general came to power in a military coup against an elected government.

Above all, stop siding with the rich of the world against the poor.

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Re: What the US should do [Re: mm.]
    #430997 - 10/19/01 10:06 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

The US likes to brag about it's free speech and freedom of the press. Of course you never, ever, hear any viewpoints like these expressed. They effectively squash all leftist views and continue to condition their citizens with one sided and slanted 'news'. Much like they condemn other Countries of doing...

Have to go to the WWW to get any differences of opinion and even there one must be careful or they will attack you .... Never, ever, give your real name to these folks ....

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Re: What the US should do [Re: mm.]
    #431129 - 10/20/01 02:21 AM (21 years, 11 months ago)

>> Stop subsidising the government of Israel.

I couldn't agree with this more. The US, clearly should be taking a more balanced approach to this issue. Once upon a time when Israel was being attacked by all the other nations in the area, I understand that the US had to take a harder line against those other nations. Most of the nations seem to accept that Israel exists and so therefore the US should be taking a harder line with their use of violence. I personally blame Sharon for the infitada that is currently taking place in Israel. I think he's war monger that does not want peace, he simply wants to kill arabs.

Chechnya is to say the least a subject I think the US should simply stay as far away as possible.

>> Stop bombing Iraq

US should have removed Saddamm to begin with and there wouldn't be the UN sanctions or the bombing... the US is unfortunately still paying for past mistakes.

>> Stop cuddling up to feudal and sexist dictatorship

The problem with the US stopping this is that we'd have to stop associating with most of the rest of the world. Most of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East not to mention parts of the Americas have feudal leaders or dictatorships. Is it then the opinion that the US should become more isolationist, like it was doing before Sept 11? Clearly the US was headed in that direction by pulling out of international treaties. If we become more isolasitionist people will claim the US is not doing enough, if we try to exert more influence then we're being imperialist. I'd say our policy would be perfect when both sides are yelling both things at once.

>> Above all, stop siding with the rich of the world against the poor.

Should we shun our allies because they have been more prosporous, because they have more wealth? We already send more aid to more countries than any other nation on earth. While I generally don't support sending aid just to send aid(I think they should have to do some sort of work... such as helping to rebuild infrastructure and the US supplying materials needed as well as food to feed the workmen and their families. Of course you can't simply let people starve if they're unable to work). If we side with the poor, we're also siding with the people that have no power in most countries. Should we not(assuming the leaders aren't slaughtering their people) side with those in control of the country?

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Re: What the US should do [Re: mm.]
    #431458 - 10/20/01 01:36 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Bin Laden has clearly stated that what he wants to see is the US withdrawal from Saudi Arabia - where the islamic holy sites at Mecca and Medina are, and a resolution to the Israel/Palastine situation. The first of these demands can never now be met, beacuse to do so would be 'Giving in to terrorism'. As to Israel, i think the US is now regretting that they have to deal with Sharon, a former terroist himself. They have managed to get him to say that a Palestinian State is nescassary, though with the killing of the far-right tourism minister the other day he has now moved tanks into the West Bank. The West should have acted on this issue a long time ago, and not overlooked Israels violation of a UN resolution stopping them from gaining more territory. They have just continued to build more settlements in Palestinian areas, clearing palestinian homes with bulldozers while their occupants have still been inside.

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