Clean hands doctrine: US/UK & EU have no moral grounds to preach to any country
Can a thief call another a thief? Can a murderer accuse another of being a murderer? Can those that commit horrendous crimes upon nations & people systematically and serially, accuse others of committing crimes when their own crimes are never taken up for trials because they are the judge, the witnesses, the jury & the prosecutors. The US/UK & EU nations are on a witch hunt against all other nations committing them of murder and crimes but what have these countries done about the crimes they have committed and these are far more horrendous than the one’s they accuse others of. Not only that, the crimes of the US/UK & EU cover the vast expanse of the world and cover 500 years of colonial rule, post-colonial rule and present neocolonial crimes. How can these nations with blood-soaked hands soiled from the plunder and murder of nations and their inhabitants speak of ‘accountability’ and ‘righteous rule’? Have these Western nations any moral standing to point fingers and preach to others?
The clean hands doctrine is based on the idea of basic fairness – if a plaintiff asks the court for an injunction to stop the defendant from dumping his trash in the plaintiff’s backyard, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff has also dumped her trash in the defendant’s backyard, and so the plaintiff has “unclean hands” and should not receive the injunction she wants.
Similarly, we see the West countries & their sponsored bandwagon of human rights organizations promoting themselves as the peace doves & human rights angels completely whitewashing their sins of the past and present while going gun-ho against all other nations and accusing them of crimes many of which the West are indirectly involved in and spurring!
The U.S. Military killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians with Napalm from 1944 – 1945. The bombing raid on Tokyo to burn 100,000 people to death, injure a million more, and leave a million without homes in the single deadliest air raid of World War II. How can we forget Hiroshima & Nagasaki. TWICE US dropped atomic bombs inspite of realizing the outcome from the first.
The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals including the very toxic Agent Orange, on the forests and farmlands of Vietnam and neighboring countries on Vietnam from 1962 – 1971. 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 babies have been born with birth defects, and 2 million have suffered from cancer or other illnesses. In 2012, the Red Cross estimated that one million people in Vietnam have disabilities or health problems related to Agent Orange.
The CIA Helped Saddam Hussein Massacre Iranians and Kurds with Chemical Weapons including sarin, nerve gas, and mustard gas in 1988
U.S invaded Iraq under the pretext of the presence of weapons of mass destruction, similarly US has been manufacturing lies to invade & occupy nations. U.S. Military littered Iraq with toxic Depleted Uranium in 2003. This resulted in more than half of babies born in Fallujah from 2007 - 2010 were born with birth defects. According to Christopher Busby, the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, "These are weapons which have absolutely destroyed the genetic integrity of the population of Iraq."
When in 2004, journalists embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq began reporting the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah against Iraqi insurgents, the US military first lied then admitting to using the volatile chemical as an incendiary weapon.
Beteen 2003-2006 at the Abu Ghraib prison (a US Army detention centre) 3,800 Iraqi detainees were kept. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba's report on the tortures suffered were horrific. The tortures covered included videoing naked female/male detainees, arranging them in sexually explicit positions, keeping them naked for days, forcing males to wear female underwear, electric torture, filming forced sex with detainees. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/meast/iraq-prison-abuse-scandal-fast-facts/index.html
In 2002 Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp opened & close to 800 prisoners have been detained and tortured using “enhanced techniques” like waterboarding. The youngest prisoner was just 14 years and kept for 7 years suffering tortures. Most do not even face trial or are even charged with a crime. They are simply kept and tortured.
James A Lucas writing to GlobalResearch makes a startling statement – US has killed more than 20million people in 37 victim nations since World War 2.
According to William Blum US has carried out 32 bombing campaigns on 24 different countries between 1945 and 1999. Thereafter, from 2001 Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia & Syria have been bombed and continues to be bombed too.
William Blum has also compiled a list of 55 countries the US has overthrown/carried out regime change or set up puppet governments in.
However, Lindsey A. O'Rourke says US has tried to change national governments 72 times - 66 covert operations and six overt ones (Sri Lanka is not included yet) She says that during the Cold War 26 of the United States’ covert operations successfully brought a U.S.-backed government to power while the remaining 40 failed.
She also cites 16 cases of US meddling in foreign elections of which 75% of the time, the US was able to install its puppet government to power.
According to military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich US has bombed, invaded or occupied 14 Muslim countries since 1980. Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria.
Afghanistan, Iraq & Libya are now in a state of chaos!
Nicolas J.S. Davies has prepared a list of 35 countries that US has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists
That’s just a miniature account of the crimes committed by the US. How about NATO? Pretending to be ‘peace keepers’ NATO has been responsible for close to 6000 deaths in Yugoslavia, over 35,000 deaths in Afghanistan, close to 1million deaths in Iraq, more than 20,000 deaths in Libya, NATO’s actions violates its own charter that says to resolve disputes amicably and that its mandate is limited to territory of its member states - Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia were not members of NATO.
US & NATO are said to have used cluster bombs and white phosphorus.
The irony is that these very countries committing the most horrific crimes presently were the same countries that committed colonial crimes – invading territories, declaring them Christian and forcing indigenous to convert or face death, denationalizing people, ruining their ancient cultures, traditions and systems and forcing them to adopt western systems and creating generations of brown sahibs who would worship western imperialism.
The advent of neocolonial rule has been no better for all of the countries that were once invaded and occupied by the West which continues to fleece them and keep them in debt and rule over them using regime change & puppet governments.
As we have seen in the case of South America, Africa & Asia neocolonial rule has been no better than the colonial rule that ruined the lives of millions of people, carving artificial territories and declaring them ‘countries’ and then planting troubles which all of these countries are struggling to resolve as the West continues to interfere in the internal affairs of these nations using its puppet the UN and lackey UN officials.
In reading the above crimes it would make anyone laugh at the manner these Western nations are on a crusade on human rights completely ignoring their own crimes which are far greater and far more horrendous than those which they accuse. None of these Western crimes will ever see any international legal trials for all of the international systems are in their control, monitoring and sentence.
What a mockery of justice!
Shenali D Waduge