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The Irony is…Anwaar Hussain, Fountainhead
August 18, 2005
The irony is that when you are pro-war and anti-peace you are ‘Right’ but
when you are pro-peace and anti-war you are ‘Left’.
is that the world’s biggest hoarder of weapons of mass destruction, the United States of America,
moralizes sitting smugly atop huge heaps of these and threatens to lay waste to any other country even dreaming of these.
The irony is that the rationale given for all those WMDs was the Cold War yet the
USA continues to deploy 6000 nuclear warheads fifteen years after the end of Cold War.
irony is that the only ever user of the nuclear weapons, the USA, blames countries not even possessing
these of having intent to use them and chaperons the only other country, Israel, that has them and openly threatens their
The irony is that North Korea has been shouting from the rooftops
for the past so many years that its nuclear program is weapons oriented yet Iran’s declaredly peaceful nuclear program
is being targeted.
The irony is that Israel, a state bristling with nuclear
weapons, not a signatory to nuclear pacts and baring its nuclear fangs at the slightest of provocations, becomes the prime
accuser against Iran. A double irony is that she openly urges the United States to attack Iran without an undue delay and
her suggestion apparently falls melodious on certain American ears.
The irony is
that Iraq is being blown into smithereens for violating a few trumped up UN resolutions yet Israel, the world’s record
holder of violations of UN resolutions, does not even get a rap on the knuckles.
is that the biggest user of chemical weapons, 70 million liters of Agent Orange in Vietnam (1962-1971),
the USA accused Iraq of using such weapons against Kurds. A double irony is that those chemical weapons, four deadly strains
of Anthrax, were handed over to Saddam from United States’ military Bio Weapons Lab in Fort Dedtrik.
The irony is that the US claims to be the chief champion of democracy the world over and yet
was, and continues to be, the biggest friend and sponsor of the most crooked and brutal dictators the world over. Idi Amin
of Uganda, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile and Pol Pot of Cambodia are just three names out of more than two dozen such
names. A double irony is that, yes, Saddam Hussain of Iraq too was once America’s bosom buddy.
The irony is that in 1983 Donald Rumsfeld, that shuffling little man with a brief case, presented
Saddam Hussain a pair of golden spurs as a gift from the government of United States yet is now the most avowed enemy of the
The irony is that Iraq’s Saddam Hussain was first
ordered through the UN to destroy what few weapons he was left with then attacked when he was disarmed.
The irony is that the US has killed over a million Iraqis in the past decade or so and yet
does not tire of advancing the banner of its great liberating tradition the world over.
irony is that principal champions of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, the United States of America,
became the architects of the darkest dungeons in Guantanamo Bay.
The irony is
that the despite being the most traditional castigator of human rights violators before the United Nations each year, the
United States’ own record of transgressions of civil liberties including arbitrary detentions, torture, renditions and
abuse of prisoners of war in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan, shames even those of certain banana republics in the Third
The irony is that the current President of United States is able
to force his nomination of John Bolton to the same UN, a man known for affectionately keeping a mock grenade in his office
and being on record for having said that "there is no such thing as the United Nations" and later that "if the UN Secretariat
building in New York lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." A double irony is that there is nary a peep
from the Democrats’ Representatives, by now well versed in the fine art of rolling over.
irony is that the country that holds itself as the “land of freedom” incarcerates a higher
percentage of its own citizens, around two million men and women, than any other country in the world.
The irony is that the United States ranks no.1 worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions
yet within days of taking office in 2001 the incumbent US administration decided not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the international
treaty to reduce greenhouse gases.
The irony is that America’s
comic side kick, the Great Britain, once the biggest imperialists of them all that traveled far and wide to colonize peoples
all over the world and slaughtered millions of innocent human beings in the process now feigns hurt at the loss of 54 of its
own innocent citizens.
The irony is that the United States and Great
Britain produce the full range of chemical and biological weapons, export them to dictators the world over and then attack
the ones who fall from their favor for possessing such weapons.
The irony is
that the world over the United States wants to disarm the unarmed yet continues to arm itself to the teeth by spending almost
half of the entire world's military spending on its own defense. A double irony is that despite having the most fearsome military
machine on planet earth, it attacks the most defenseless of countries e.g. Afghanistan and Iraq.
irony is that in the 80s, to decimate the occupying Russian military juggernaut in Afghanistan, the United
States raised, groomed and nurtured the Osamas and the Zarqawis and called them heroes. Yet now they term their own self created
heroes as ‘terrorists’.
The irony is that the United States
has terrorized unarmed civillian populations in no less than 67 places on the globe since WW II and dropped over a hundred
million tons of bombs on foreign lands over the last 50 years yet calls a single suicide bomber as the ‘terrorist’.
The irony is that a former slave, the United States of America, has become a party to its
former master, the Great Britain, and they together now hunt for new territories and peoples to vanquish.
The irony is that despite telling the American nation lies of almost mythical proportions
regarding Saddam’s WMDs, his links to Al Qaeda and 9/11, and which are now fully exposed, the current US president continues
to be believed by a significant portion of the US population.
The irony is
that a man, who dodged the draft for fear of trudging the silent jungles of Vietnam with a rifle, is now the supreme Commander
of the same Armed Forces that he avoided getting into.
The irony is that
this Supreme Commander now refuses to see a grieving mother, whose son’s life was brought to a violent end in the sham
war in Iraq, with the words that, “I have to get on with my own life”. A double irony is that Cindy Sheehan, the
mother of that dead American soldier, is being called a fraud by the pro-Bush yellow bellies rather than calling the Iraq
War a fraud that has now been proven as such beyond any shadow of doubt. A triple irony is that a woman who has lost her flesh
and blood is being hounded by the American free press, and the Right wingers, and the corporate scoundrals who have gained
every thing from this war are being extolled.
The irony is that when
you are pro-war and anti-peace you are ‘Right’ but when you are pro-peace and anti-war you are ‘Left’.
The ultimate irony is that there are too many people in this world fully aware of all these
ironies yet do nothing but sit on their hands and repeat ad nauseam, ‘the irony is that….’
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