Democracy is based upon a dialogue between equal parties. The current administration in Washington neither respects the notion of equality among nations nor does it tolerate a process of open dialogue.
The notion that “If you are not with us, you are against us” brings with it the hidden notion “and you will be punished for thinking differently”. This is the line adopted by the USA, which was quick to follow up September 11th with a bellicose discourse, giving a golden opportunity to the powerful lobbies which gravitate around the White House and Pentagon to push for their type of policy.
Whenever there is an internal crisis in the United States of America, this country’s foreign policy responds by creating situations which require crisis management. Only with the Bush administration, there is no management of the crisis. It is eliminated, like cracking an egg with a sledgehammer.
Around the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice axis circulate the all-powerful energy lobby but also the steel lobby, a sector in crisis and allied to this, the armaments industry, all of which are hungry for contracts or resources which will stimulate the economy at home.
What better crisis than a war, and more so, one which involves a relatively defenceless country, sitting on 10.7% of the world’s oil reserves. However, a war requires a pretext and a pretext should normally be debated in the proper forum, which is the United Nations building in New York.
The fact that the United States has declared that if the UNO does not back its aggressive stance against Iraq, then it renders the organisation useless and the USA will be forced to take unilateral action, goes against any notion of democratic behaviour or of normal debating procedure.
The stance taken by the Bush administration is paramount to fascism, not very different from the approach displayed by Hitler in the 1930s. He used the same bullying tactics, he too relied upon force and not ideas to pursue Germany’s national interests. The net result is a comparison which is not at all favourable to the Bush administration, which starts to show the same fascist tendencies followed by the odious Nazi regime of Hitler, Himmler and Goebels.
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.Ru