officials express concern about the fact that the Bush administration's
designation of Iranian agencies and firms as supporters of terrorism could
block relations with Tehran for years to come, President Vladimir Putin's
description of these new U.S. sanctions, as America "running around like a
madman with a razor blade in his hand," seems appropriate and worrisome.
is that Europe has been enchanted by America's spread of dollar-democracy and
through it has become America's closest 'ally.' Europe's formal political
figures no longer represent the voice of the people but the interests of the
ruling elites, all of whom are currently courteous to the American Empire.
Without being aware, people on the streets in Europe are not really discussing
their role in the international arena, but are merely reacting to America's
in America, the US Air Force has just asked Congress for $88m to equip B2
stealth bombers with racks strong enough carry Big Blu bombs, referred to as
'the Mother of All Bombs,' and the US military is building a forward base in
Iraq called Combat Outpost Shocker, just five miles from the Iranian border.
About this, Robert Byrd, a Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee is saying that action taken by the Bush administration "raises
the spectre of an intensified effort to make the case for an invasion of Iran."
As all this
is taking place, European governments are exchanging the baton of support and
deference to America's ways towards Iran through many representative meetings,
but ultimately Europe is always moving in block following the direction
'implied' by the US 'Decider.'
Bolton's soon to be released book, 'Surrender is Not An Option: Defending
America at the United Nations and Abroad,' one is able to see the extent to
which America is pushing towards gaining control of all global relations. By
explaining how President Bush specifically asked UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-Moon to �get rid of [Lord] Malloch-Brown" as the UN�s deputy
secretary-general, Bolton is able to depict perfectly the inefficiency of
having the UN as an impartial global regulatory body. Lord Malloch-Brown was
accused of being "anti-American," after he created friction in July
by declaring that Britain should distance itself from the United States.
this, European governments continue to promote the impartiality of the United
Nations and its strengths, while the people on the street continue to accept
it. Through the UN, Europe is able to support 'indirectly' America's wars for
the globalization of 'democracy,' get a stake in the game and have the benefit
of being protected by the United States Army. However, I am confident we are
reaching a turning point in the relationships between European governments and
America's global quest.
this juncture in human history, it is important for European people to remain
respectful of American people, as Europeans we can no longer afford to be
unconditional allies to America's global adventures. Sadly the world's current
political arena resembles a playground in a school. America politically moves
around the globe like the big bully, Europe just nods to everything the bully
does, laughing at his jokes, while the most bullied kids in the class are
currently the Muslim people. At some point, the European people must realize
that by being friends with the bully, they are going to end up without any
America's situation gets grimmer in Iraq and at home -- in Iraq, having to
implement a diplomatic draft for its new 6,000-post embassy in Baghdad, and at
home with tens of thousands of people across America demonstrating against the
war in cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle -- Europeans
should begin to question the ways of America's globalization.
long-time activists like Michael Dixon, who in the late 1960s formed the
Seattle branch of the Black Panthers, have come out to the streets of America
to say, "Young people are the force that can stop this . . . What you do
or don't do will determine the future of the United States," and veteran
investors like Jim Rogers who predicted the 1999 commodities rally, are moving
out of America by switching their investments to Chinese yuan, Japanese yen and
Swiss francs and are acknowledging that the US economy is in recession and
"many parts of industry are actually in a state worse than recession,"
Europeans should begin to truly reject the support of their governments for
America's foreign policy, for the United States is behaving like all empires
have behaved just before falling.
In his new
book, John Bolton writes; �Many Brits believed that their role in life was to
play Athens to America�s Rome, lending us the benefit of their superior
suaveness, and smoothing off our regrettable colonial rough edges.� From my
perspective this statement from a former US ambassador to the United Nations
clearly exemplifies the way this world is being governed, and I hope Europeans
can see this and avoid becoming once again the support platform from which the
US can launch an attack, this time on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Pablo Ouziel is an activist and a freelance writer
based in Spain. His work has appeared in many progressive media, including
Online Journal, Znet, Palestine Chronicle, Thomas Paine�s Corner and Atlantic