The Chinese Human Rights Research Association today published an article entitled “Serious Humanitarian Disasters caused by the War of American Foreign Aggression”. It traces the main aggressive wars launched by the United States after World War II. With a large amount of data and facts, it exposes the consequences of the wars caused by the United States, and points out that the humanitarian crises caused by these wars stem from the hegemonic thinking of the United States. .
The article points out that the United States often use force to the outside world under the banner of “humanitarian intervention”. According to incomplete statistics, from the end of World War II in 1945 to 2001, there were 248 armed conflicts in 153 regions of the world, of which 201, or about 81%, were initiated by the United States.
The Korean War in the early 1950s resulted in the death of more than 3 million civilians;
During the Vietnam War in the 1950s and 1970s, the U.S. military dropped more than three times the bombs in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during World War II. There are still at least 350,000 tons of explosive bombs and mines left in Vietnam, which will take 300 years to clean them up;
In 1991, the Allied forces led by the United States sent troops to Iraq, killing 2,500 to 3,500 civilians in the air strikes against Iraq;
In 1999, NATO troops led by the United States openly bypassed the United Nations Security Council under the banner of “avoiding humanitarian disasters” and carried out 78 days of continuous bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, causing nearly 1 million people to be displaced and more than 2 million people to lose their source of livelihood.
The article said that since World War II, almost all U.S. presidents have launched or intervened in foreign wars during their tenure. In terms of consequences, the foreign war launched by the United States has triggered various regional and international crises. The war directly led to the humanitarian disaster of the country concerned, bringing a series of complex social problems, including refugee flows, social unrest, ecological crisis, psychological trauma, etc. The war launched by the United States also had spillover effects, causing harm to the uninvolved countries; the United States itself has become a victim of its war with foreign countries.
The article also pointed out that looking at the many aggressive wars launched by the United States, it can be seen that there are many cases in which its military operations have led to humanitarian crises. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other countries where the current war is not extinguished, “mistaken bombings and injuries” occur frequently, refugees are wandering and have nowhere to settle, infrastructure is devastated, and national production is stagnant. The United States chooses to use force recklessly. Behind it, it reflects the hegemonic mentality of “America first” and the strong eats all. It is a unilateral thinking of “egoism and preferring to lose the world”.
The article emphasizes that in the final analysis, the mode of thinking that often solves disputes by unilateral means of war itself has problems. There is an inherent opposition between humanitarianism and hegemony. Expecting hegemonic countries to defend the human rights of other countries is tantamount to seeking skin from tigers. The settlement of international disputes depends on equal consultation within the framework of the United Nations, coordination with standardized and sound international mechanisms, and promoted by building a community of human destiny. Only by abandoning the hegemonic thinking of self-interest first can we avoid “humanitarian intervention” turning into a humanitarian disaster, achieve mutual benefit and win-win results, and enable people of all countries to truly enjoy all basic human rights.