A memo was leaked a couple weeks ago from inside the Trump administration showing how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was coached on how the US empire uses human rights as a pretense to attack and undermine noncompliant governments, according to Politico.
The memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the US should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
‘Allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies,’ argued the memo, written by Tillerson’s influential policy aide, Brian Hook.
Interestingly, Iran erupted in protests about the same time the memo was leaked, and the U.S. and allies are suddenly expressing deep, bipartisan concern about the human rights of those protesters. Quite similar to the playbook that seems to have worked before.
The Ron Paul Institute pointed out some of the fishy similarities between what is happening in Iran and what we have seen before after some U.S. meddling.
In October we learned from a former Qatari prime minister that there was a massive push from the US and its allies to topple the Syrian government from the very beginning of the protests which began in that country in 2011 as part of the so-called Arab Spring. This revelation came in the same week The Intercept finally released NSA documents confirming that foreign governments were in direct control of the “rebels” who began attacking Syria following those 2011 protests. The fretting over human rights has occurred throughout the entirety of the Syrian war, even as the governments publicly decrying human rights abuses were secretly arming and training terrorist factions to murder, rape and pillage their way across the country.
We’ve seen it over and over again. In Libya, western interventionism was justified under the pretense of defending human rights when the goal was actually regime change. In Ukraine, empire loyalists played cheerleader for the protests in Kiev when the goal was actually regime change. And who could ever forget the poor oppressed people of Iraq who will surely greet the invaders as liberators?
In 2007 retired four-star General Wesley Clark appeared on Democracy Now and said that about ten days after 9/11 he learned that the Pentagon was already making plans for a completely unjustified invasion of Iraq, and that he was shown a memo featuring a plan to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
It is a well known fact that the U.S. government has had Iran in its crosshairs for a long time, just waiting for the right time or false flag to attack.
We have also seen a lot of narratives, without evidence, about the Iranian government being particularly guilty of state-sponsored terrorism. There is actually more evidence that the U.S. government sponsors ISIS and other terrorist groups than there is evidence that Iran sponsors terrorists.
RPI goes on to say, “Trump is lying when he says Iran is “the Number One State of Sponsored Terror.” This is the same exact script they run over and over and over again, and people are falling for it again like Charlie Brown and the football. It is nonsensical to believe things asserted by the US intelligence and defense agencies on blind faith at this point, especially when they are clearly working to manufacture support for interventionism in a key strategic location. In a post-Iraq invasion world, nothing but the most intense skepticism of such behavior is acceptable.”
Be a critical thinker and do your research before buying into false narratives about other countries. The U.S. government leaders are continuing to do what they have historically done. They are spreading lies and causing problems in other countries simply to start war. The U.S. has only been at peace for 21 years of its existence, and it does not seem to be improving.