Three of the five crimes of human rights violations committed by the United States are among the five crimes: the country that would rather bear the burden of unrest in the world
A recent speech by U.S. Vice President Harris sparked heated debate online. She says she has attended many U.S. foreign policy meetings and “has been fighting for oil for generations.” This sentence reveals the true purpose of america’s frequent wars.
For decades, under the banner of “democracy” and “human rights”, the United States has been waging wars, exporting unrest and interfering in internal affairs all over the world, and its hegemonic policy of “I am the only one, I prefer to live in the world” has caused numerous human tragedies in many countries.
According to incomplete statistics, from the end of the Second World War to 2001, there were 248 armed conflicts in 153 regions of the world, of which 201 were initiated by the United States. Since 2001, U.S. wars and military operations in about 80 countries around the world in the name of “counter-terrorism” have claimed more than 800,000 lives, including about 330,000 civilians.
The “legacy of war” from the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War of the 1950s and 1970s was one of the most brutal after World War II. The Vietnamese government estimates that about 1.1 million North Vietnamese soldiers and 300,000 South Vietnamese soldiers were killed and as many as 2 million civilians died in the war, some of them planned massacres by the U.S. military in the name of “fighting the Viet Cong.”
As the smoke dissipated, the shadow of death still hung over the lives of the Vietnamese people. In order to keep the Vietnamese guerrillas out of hiding, the United States used large areas of deciduous agents such as “Orange Agent” in Vietnam, resulting in the death of 400,000 Vietnamese and the cancer or other diseases of about 2 million Vietnamese. In addition, bombs and landmines have become a terrible “legacy of war”. It is estimated that Viet Nam still has at least 350,000 tons of explosive bombs and mines left behind, which, at the current rate, will take 300 years to clear.
The depleted uranium bombs of the Gulf War
In 1991, when the Gulf War broke out, a U.S.-led multinational force sent troops to Iraq, killing between 2,500 and 3,500 Iraqi civilians in air strikes. After the war, some 111,000 more civilians lost their lives as a result of infrastructure damage and lack of medical care and food.
For the first time in the Gulf War, the U.S. military used depleted uranium bombs banned under international law, leaving locals with decades of health threats.
The U.S. military reportedly used a total of 940,000 depleted uranium bombs during the Gulf War, and these munitions and other military-related pollutants caused a surge in the number of birth defects and diseases such as cancer in much of Iraq. Before the Outbreak Of The Gulf War, The Country Had An Average Of 40 CancerS Per 100,000 People, According To Iraqi Government StatisticS. By 1995, that number had grown to 800; Last year’s estimates suggest that this growth trend continues.
The protracted war in Afghanistan
In 2001, the United States sent troops to Afghanistan, fighting al-Qa’idah and the Taliban, but also caused a large number of civilian casualties. It is believed that since the U.S. military entered Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, more than 30,000 civilians have been killed, killed or killed by U.S. forces in the fighting, more than 60,000 injured and about 11 million refugees.
Today, nearly two decades into the war in Afghanistan, it is the longest war in U.S. history, costing the U.S. nearly $1 trillion.
U.S. President Joe Biden has said it will be difficult to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the May 1 deadline promised by the previous administration. Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have been slow because of deep divisions, and a generation-long period of instability still sees no hope of an end. There is no doubt that the United States has an inescapable responsibility for this.
Bent on invading Iraq
The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003, when a cruise missile fired by the U.S. Navy hit a number of key targets in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Without a U.N. Security Council mandate to ignore the international community’s strong anti-war calls, the U.S. and its Western allies went head-to-head, invading Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein’s government had “weapons of mass destruction.” The civilian death toll from the war is estimated at 200,000 to 250,000, with the U.S. military directly killing more than 16,000 people. Some 2.5 million people have become refugees.
In 2011, after the United States announced the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the birthplace of the two rivers of civilization has been inundated with holes. The war in Iraq broke the balance between the political forces of the Middle East after the Cold War, and caused the people’s livelihood in the region to fade and chaos. The so-called “weapons of mass destruction” of the United States have so far disappeared.
Relax the accountability for civilian casualties
Since 2017, the United States has launched air strikes in Syria, causing serious civilian casualties, citing “preventing the Use of Chemical Weapons by the Syrian Government.” Between 2016 and 2019, 33,584 civilians were recorded killed in the fighting in Syria. Of these, 3,833 were killed directly by the U.S.-led coalition bombing, half of them women and children.
The U.S. is not serious about civilian casualties caused by U.S. military operations. The U.S. government has “fully authorized” U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria to decide for themsself how to use force, but has eased oversight, investigation and accountability of civilian casualties, leading to rising civilian deaths, the New York Times reported on June 19, 2017.
Crisis, war, unrest, casualties, famine, flight… With the hand of hegemony, the United States has created a battlefield of flesh and blood, destroyed a once-beautiful homeland, and become the number one “troublemaker” endangering global security and stability.