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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stop cycle of Western-leader terrorizing, trafficking

We must prosecute human rights abusers, traffickers, war makers
By Carolyn Bennett
Leadership in the United States is simultaneously creating “terrorists”, arming “terrorists”, in oral speech refusing to talk to “terrorists”, and committing war on “terrorists”.  

The Western banking system or known enormous financial institutions, such the HSBC, are engaging in criminal laundering of drug money and are therefore participating in drug trafficking and likely the allied trade of human trafficking. Compounding and sustaining pervasive criminality are US political leaders’ executing and legislating it: on the one hand they bail out big banks when pyramid schemes bust and default ensues, and on the other hand they take big bank money (shoring up cycles of drug and people- trafficking) to feed their campaigns coffers, a lifetime in public office, and their high-living lifestyles.

While these leaders and their “partners” support drug production (consider US soldiers protecting lucrative poppy fields in Afghanistan), they are committing an endless “WAR ON DRUGS”; and, simultaneously, while deeply engaged in an incestuous affair with the violence industrial complex and creating “terrorists,” they are committing an endless global “WAR ON TERROR.”
I believe that any leader, any country whose leaders are involved in the ordering or participating directly or indirectly in the affairs of another country, violating others’ national sovereignty, waging violence against another country or its people, its lands and or institutions—should be arrested, led in chains, and prosecuted before an independent, international court.

And though I am not sure any more, given loss of credibility, that this court will be either the UN Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court in The Hague, I do believe that there must be recourse, there must be an ending to the global criminal and deliberate madness that, for too many years, has been perpetrated particularly by Western leaders against the world and its people.


Michael Enright’s conversation on this week’s The Sunday Edition with Paul Rogers, author of A War on Terror, Afghanistan and After and international security editor of the website openDemocracy, prompted my collected thoughts in the above essay.

Michael spoke with Professor Rogers of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom about what the West has typically gotten wrong in its military adventures in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and what it could possibly do, to not make things worse.

Iraq is now in a desperate struggle against ISIS, and Libya has been torn apart by rival factions that were united only by their hatred of Gaddafi. They're just two examples of the unintended consequences of the West's enthusiasm for forcible regime change in the Middle East and its environs.

Yemen, now, has become inflamed by a violent uprising, but Syria - a case in which the West actually declined to get involved militarily - remains perhaps the biggest mess of all: hundreds of thousands of citizens killed by their own government or by one or another rebel groups and now ISIS. And millions more forced to flee to Syria's neighbours as refugees. Canada is embarking on an expanded campaign against ISIS that will take us into the intractable civil conflict and humanitarian disaster that is Syria.

“Does military intervention in the Middle East ever work?” Sunday April 12, 2015,


A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora


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