No benev­o­lence shown

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - F SULI­MAN

STEPHEN MUL­HOL­LAND would have us be­lieve that the United States is a benev­o­lent ag­gres­sor, so per­haps we should re­flect on the ques­tions be­low. 1. Which is the only coun­try in the world to have dropped bombs on more than 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries since 1945? 2. Which is the only coun­try to have used

nu­clear weapons? 3. Which coun­try was re­spon­si­ble for a car bomb that killed 80 civil­ians in Beirut in 1985 in a botched as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt, thereby mak­ing it the most lethal ter­ror­ist bomb­ing in mod­ern Mid­dle East his­tory? 4. Which coun­try’s il­le­gal bomb­ing of Libya in 1986 was de­scribed by the UN Le­gal Com­mit­tee as a “clas­sic case” of ter­ror­ism? 5. Which coun­try re­jected the or­der of the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice to ter­mi­nate its “un­law­ful use of force” against Nicaragua in 1986 and then ve­toed a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion call­ing on all states to ob­serve in­ter­na­tional law? 6. Which coun­try was ac­cused by a United Na­tions-spon­sored truth com­mis­sion of pro­vid­ing “di­rect and in­di­rect sup­port” for “acts of geno­cide” against the Mayan In­di­ans in Gu­atemala dur­ing the Eight­ies? 7. Which coun­try uni­lat­er­ally with­drew from the Anti-Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Treaty in De­cem­ber 2001? 8. Which coun­try re­nounced the ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate a ver­i­fi­ca­tion process for the Bi­o­log­i­cal Weapons Con­ven­tion and brought an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on the mat­ter to a halt in July 2001? 9. Which coun­try pre­vented the UN from curb­ing the gun trade at a small arms con­fer­ence in July 2001? 10. Aside from So­ma­lia, which is the only other coun­try in the world to have re­fused to rat­ify the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child? An­swer to all th­ese ques­tions: The United States of Amer­ica.

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