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US Congressmen Prepare for a ‘Global War’?


US Congressmen Prepare for a ‘Global War’?
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia
By Yevgeny Shestakov
Translated By Jeffrey Fredrich
17 January 2014
Edited by Bora Mici

The introduction of a bill to Congress — by two respected lawmakers from the Republican and Democratic parties — that expands the effect of the "Magnitsky List" to other countries is nothing more than yet another attempt by a part of the American political elite to assert its dominance over the world. Only instead of a weapon, this time human rights have become the "swift sword" in the U.S. assertion of its global leadership. At the same time, needless to say, the congressmen who drafted the bill think the situation in this area in the U.S. itself is ideal and are, therefore, eager primarily to lecture other nations.


The American lawmakers are prepared to look more closely into the human rights situation, even in countries that were once close allies of the White House, as in Germany, for example: if Berlin were to continue to insist on a treaty that prohibits American intelligence agencies from listening in on top officials of the German government. Nonetheless, the primary targets will be governments whose authorities defend their national interests, first and foremost.

The new law — its authors from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs do not try to hide it — solves two key challenges: First, it asserts Washington’s "global leadership" on human rights, and second, it "protects the U.S. financial infrastructure." And, in explaining the gist of the bill, Sen. [Ben] Cardin did not once mention whether a world built on the American model would be better or safer. After all, the example of Libya, where a civilian conflict that the U.S. now pays almost no attention to began after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s government, graphically demonstrates just how indifferent Washington is to the consequences of its "democratic" reforms. However, such details did not interest the distinguished senator. The main thing, according to him, is that a global "Magnitsky List" is in the national interest of the United States.

To call a spade a spade, the anti-Russian lobby in Congress aims, with the help of the new law, to impose upon the White House a new colonial war. The whole world would be under attack — from the Gulf monarchies, where they do not pay much attention to human rights, especially when it comes to religious minorities, to the governments of Latin America that conduct independent national policies. It goes without saying that the bill is directed against Russia: Its authors have already expressed surprise that the "Magnitsky List" has thus far not been expanded with regard to our country. The Ukrainian authorities, having put the brakes on concluding an association agreement with the European Union, are also among the candidates to be put on a global blacklist stamped "Made in the USA."

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