The Case for Regime Change

I adapted this a few years ago – someone reminded me of it the other day.  Still relevant, little out of date…

(AP) – Making the case for United Nations intervention against the United States, Iranian President Mohammed Khatami told the organization yesterday that military action would be “unavoidable” unless the U.S. agrees to destroy its weapons of mass destruction.

In a much-anticipated speech to a special session of the U.N. General Assembly held in Brussels, Khatami launched a blistering attack against American leader George W. Bush, accusing him of defying U.N. resolutions and using his country’s wealth to line the pockets of wealthy cronies at a time when the people of his country make do without such basic social programs as national health insurance.

“Nearly two years ago, the civilized world watched as this evil and corrupt dictator subverted the world’s oldest representative democracy in an illegal coup d’etat,” said Khatami.  “Since then the Bush regime has continued America’s systematic repression of ethnic and religious minorities, and threatened international peace and security throughout the world.  Thousands of political opponents and ordinary citizens have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment.  Basic civil rights have been violated.  This rogue state has flouted the international community on legal, economic, and environmental issues, abandoning treaties and agreements, and standing in opposition to established international rules of conduct.  It has even ignored the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war by denying that its illegal invasion of Afghanistan – which killed nearly twice as many civilians as the September 11 attack, and has had a destabilizing influence throughout Central Asia – was a war at all.”

Khatami said the U.S. possesses the world’s largest arsenal of chemical and nuclear weapons, weapons “that, when first developed, were immediately used to kill half a million innocent civilians just months after acquiring them.  No nation that has committed nuclear genocide can be entrusted with weapons of mass destruction.”

“Bush has invaded Afghanistan and is now threatening Iraq.  We cannot stand by and do nothing while danger gathers.  We can’t wait for this tyrant to strike first.  Remember the lesson of Neville Chamberlin.  We have an obligation to act pre-emptively to protect the world from this evildoer,” Khatami said.

As delegates punctuated his words with bursts of applause, Khatami noted that U.S. intelligence agencies had helped establish and fund the world’s most virulent terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, and the Taliban regime that harbored them.  “The U.S. created the Islamist extremists who attacked its people on September 11, 2001,” he stated, “and Bush’s illegitimate junta cynically exploited these attacks to repress political dissidents, make sweetheart deals with politically-connected corporations and revive 19th-century style colonial imperialism.”

Khatami asked the U.N. to set a deadline for Bush to step down in favor of president-in-exile Al Gore, the legitimate winner of the 2000 election, the results of which were subverted through widespread voter irregularities, intimidation and, ultimately, by a power play by the Supreme Court Bush’s father appointed.  “We favor not regime change, but rather restoration and liberation of the democratic rights of the American people,” he said.

In addition, Khatami said, the U.S. must dismantle its weapons of mass destruction, guarantee basic human rights to all citizens, and agree to abide by international law or “face the consequences”.

Most observers agree that those ‘consequences’ would likely include a prolonged bombing campaign targeting major U.S. cities and military installations, followed by a ground invasion led by European forces.  “Civilian casualties and collateral damage would likely be substantial,” said a French military analyst, “But the American people must be liberated from tyranny.”

Khatami’s charges, which were detailed in a dossier prepared by French President Jacques Chirac, were dismissed by a spokesman of the American strongman as “lies, half-truths, and misguided beliefs, motivated by a desire to control a country rich with oil, natural gas, and other resources.”  National Security advisor Condoleeza Rice denied that the U.S. maintains weapons of mass destruction, and invited U.N. inspectors to visit Washington and “see for themselves that our weapons are designed only to keep the peace, subject of course to full respect for American sovereignty.”

The U.N. is expected to reject any conditions for or restrictions on arms inspections.  Experts believe that the liberation of the United States will require a large ground force of coalition troops, followed by a massive rebuilding program amounting to billions of euros.  “Even before Bush, the American political system was a shambles,” said Prof. Salvatore Deluna of the University of Madrid.  “Their single-party plutocracy will have to be reshaped into a true parliamentary-style democracy.  Moreover, the economy will have to be retooled from its current military dictatorship model – in which a third of the federal budget goes to arms, and taxes are paid almost exclusively by the working class – to one in which basic human needs such as education and poverty are addressed.  Their infrastructure is a mess; they don’t even have a national passenger rail system.  Fixing a failed state of this size will require many years.”

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