At a time when former US president George W. Bush is chasing cows and having barbecue in his Texas ranch, and former UK prime minister Tony Blair is shining his Save the Children ‘Global Legacy Award’ and possibly preparing himself for a Noble Peace Prize, it is hard to take the release of a Senate report on torture seriously.
In a nutshell, the increased security measures the United States has taken for its embassies, military units and other interests around the globe over the report on the CIA’s use of torture post 9/11 is pure charade.
Obama officials should stop lying about “indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk to US facilities.” The only risk to global peace and security is the US and its Military Industrial Complex. They don’t need to take prudent steps because no one in his right mind believes there would be ramifications. Any doubters should ask the United Nations:
1. In August 1945, during the Second World War, the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. American officials – even when visiting these cities – defend the bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people and scarred many more for life.
2. Over one million people were killed and wounded during the Korean War (1950–1953). The war arose from the American division of Korea during the Cold War. The US shows no intention to unite the Koreas. Quite the opposite, American officials consider North Korea as part of “Axis of Evil” that should be nuked!
3. Some two million people were killed and wounded in the Vietnam War (1961-1971). Many still suffer from the terrible effects of Agent Orange, used by the US in its chemical warfare program. In 1978 the Environmental Modification Convention entered into force to stop similar programs. That’s all reality.
4. Estimates of the casualties from the Iraq War (beginning with the 2003 US-led invasion and the ensuing occupation) are varied. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and wounded and millions more displaced. The war was based on lies.
5. The same applies to the Afghanistan War. The country is still mired in the American-made disaster. And we won’t talk about the wars in Syria and Libya…
Despite overwhelming evidence implicating numerous US administrations in the sanctioning of extreme war crimes during World War II and afterwards, neither presidents nor their men were ever put on trial. The impotent UN spared them all in a bargain with the devil – an arrangement that still exists today.
By any standard, and with a minimal amount of objectivity, they were all war criminals, but never punished. That’s why the latest political charade, the CIA Torture Report, should mean nothing to the international community. Its declassification, which reveals the torture techniques the CIA used on terror suspects in 50 countries, could be a good starting point, but never enough.
When US officials say combatant commands should take protective measures because the torture tactics were “unwarranted” and have not made the US safer, they mean the torture tactics were unwarranted and have not made the US safer. They do not mean justice for innocent victims and surely they don’t mean naming, shaming and holding perpetrators to account. It is virtually beyond dispute that they ARE the perpetrators!