This is one one of the best and sharpest article I’ve seen on the issues of US Imperialism, atrocities and crimes. And on the lack of apologies for the same. At the same time no APOLOGY what so ever, can do anything about those millions of killed people in US imperialistic wars. But at least war criminals like Kissinger, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush and also Obama, should be brought to justice at the War Tribunal in the Haag. It will probably unfortunately not happen in my lifetime, neither in theirs. But let’s hope!
Seven Apologies President Obama Should Make While Visiting Asia, But Won’t
25 May 2016
Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling
Given the United State’s brutal past at home and abroad, political apologies are few and far between.
Indeed, other than an apology for slavery and the genocidal treatment towards Native Americans, the only other half-hearted apology was when then-President Bill Clinton expressed regret for the role the U.S. played in backing an atrocity-filled right-wing military campaign that caused the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians in Guatemala’s civil war, one which included women and children buried in mass graves
What’s more, when apologies do happen they are usually followed with excuses.
No Apologies for U.S. Atrocities in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia
As for President Barack Obama’s most recent trip to Asia, there will probably be no apology for America’s entry into Vietnam’s civil war between anti-communist and communist forces.
The U.S. entered the conflict to actually prevent free elections from occurring as mandated by the Geneva Conference. Moreover, the U.S. commenced massive aerial bombing campaigns against the Vietnamese with a contrived skirmish in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Not only did the U.S.-Vietnam War kill four million Vietnamese, but entire rainforests were destroyed with toxins that are still causing some Vietnamese to suffer.
Don’t expect “We’re sorry” for widening the U.S.-Vietnam War to engulf Laos and Cambodia. In fact, political and military leaders tried to keep the preemptive invasions secret, leading to mass protests in the U.S. and the deaths of four American protesters.
As for Laos, 580,000 bombing missions dropped two million tons of explosives killing many civilians and disrupting the basic necessities. Along with the CIA’s involvement in the opium drug trade to fund more covert wars, military personnel trained and armed the Hmong to fight against the Vietnamese. The Hmong are still seeking reparations.
In Cambodia, the U.S armed and funded Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge guerillas to fight against the Vietnamese, bringing an end to the nation‘s neutrality. What’s more, after the war Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge marched into Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, and cleared the city of its two million inhabitants.
In the process of trying to remake Cambodia into a new society, the Khmer Rouge systematically tortured and killed two million people. Be assured, Obama will not visit the “killing fields” nor apologize for the “Day of Hatred” or “Day of Remembrance.”
Not Apologizing Is Politically Convenient
The absence of apologizing is politically convenient, specifically in helping a society forget the atrocities they commit. Granted, the Japanese Empire committed horrendous war crimes, but so did the U.S. in atomizing Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Indeed, Japan had virtually surrendered. American political and military leaders, however, sought revenge and wanted to threaten and bully the world– specifically the Soviet Union – with a new super weapon.
Still, the atomic bomb and its long-term effects had never been tested on civilian centers. Even today many Japanese live with the scars of atomic sickness.
On behalf of the U.S., then, Obama should also issue a “lengthy” apology of repentance and remembrance for initiating a long war that continues to indiscriminately kill civilians and which spreads psychological terror and societal pacification.
Unlike conventional wars where people bury the dead and mourn, for instance, the arms race has repeatedly buried the living by hijacking social uplift programs. It has also encouraged rogue states and actors, such as Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and now ISIS, to justify the indiscriminate killing of civilians as the U.S. did.
Another apology Obama should offer is not fulfilling his promise to rid the world of nuclear weaponry, something he evidently forgot.
In fact, in 2008 then-Sen. Obama declared: “It’s time to send a clear message to the world: America seeks a world with no nuclear weapons!”1 Throughout his campaign, he gained support by repeating a major goal would be to eliminate all nuclear weaponry around the world.
But again, promises – like apologies – mean very little if not followed by actions. In addition, roads, bridges, schools, nurses and teachers could have been funded with nuclear monies.
Apologizing Might be Greatest Deterrent to War and National Security
Despite what some strong-armed leaders and nations believe, apologizing might actually be the greatest deterrent to war and in establishing a peaceful and secure state.
To be sure, apologies disarm opponents while opening the doors to new possibilities. If Obama did apologize for the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, if he expressed regret over atomizing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and if he admitted sorrow for not devoting time and energy in helping to rid the world of a nuclear threat, would he have a much greater legacy? Would an apologetic ripple effect also occur with other leaders and nations?
Gaining and keeping political and “super” power status is always difficult and is getting more difficult with each generation. Indeed, today it usually takes deception to keep and maintain power, something scientists are beginning to realize people love.
In reality, self-deception is an evolved psychological mechanism that shapes an individual’s and society’s response to endure a sordid and distasteful past, including a past filled with killings and atrocities. Consequently, it is doubtful if Obama will also apologize to the American people or for the real reason he is visiting Asia: China’s ascendancy.
Dallas Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John’s Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas’ writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.)
1 http://www.cnn.com. “Obama Says Time to Rid World of Nuclear Weapons,” by Alexander Mooney. July 16, 2008.
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