US sanctions against Iran and arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer - hypocritical actions of the Trump administration

Symbol picture rivalry USA and Iran

Update December 7th, 2018 - The unilateral withdrawal of the Trump administration from the treaty with Iran was a violation of that treaty. Iran itself had abided by this treaty. The Netanyahu government in Israel accused Iran of violating the treaty. The head of this government, Netanyahu, is facing charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.  

Now the Trump government arrested the head of finance of Huawei, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, while passing through Canada because Huawei allegedly violated US sanctions against Iran.  

The unilateral withdrawal of the USA from the Iran Agreement was a breach of contract and the imposition of sanctions by the USA may be contrary to international law, provided they relate only to the USA itself. However, their transfer to other states is certainly a violation of international law, an act of unilateral demonstration of power.  

The basis of the arrest is therefore a breach of contract by the USA and a violation of international law. The thief shouts: "Stop the thief" by accusing Huawei of violating US sanctions.  

Huawei has already been excluded from building a 5G network in the USA by decision of the Trump administration because of a threat to the national security of the USA. Now, for over 1.5 years, special investigator Robert Mueller has been investigating a collusion between Trump and the Russian government by interfering in the presidential election and publishing hooked emails from Hillary Clinton. More than a dozen charges have already been filed. Here, too, the alleged threat to US national security calls out: "Stop Huawei who want to endanger our national security!”  

For years, the US government has been engaged in worldwide espionage. SWIFT's entire European payment traffic moves to the storage locations of the CIA (faz.net of 9.9.2013). "US programs for monitoring worldwide Internet communications (XKeyscore, PRISM and Boundless Informant) as well as the even more comprehensive British monitoring program Tempora" were disclosed by Edward Snowden. (Wikipedia, entry Edward Snowden)  

The hypocritical operating of the US administration is only intended to cover up the sole dominating goal of continuing to exercise its unrestricted leading role in the world.

USA rivalry against China officially announced as the world's most important opposition

Symbol picture about China USA rivalry

November 23rd, 2018 - A 525-page report to the US Congress concludes that China's rise "undoubtedly put at risk the national security and economic interests of the United States, its allies, and partners”. This report was drafted by a commission advising the US Congress on security and trade issues in the US-China relationship.  

Why is this assessment so remarkable?  

It contains two messages, besides the one just quoted in addition to an implicit one.

The implicit message is: We, the United States, regard the whole world as our sphere of influence, in which we have the leading role. We will not let China dispute that.

So the implicit message assumes China is doing what the US itself has been doing for a long time. And the allies and partners should regard a threat to the world power number one position of the USA as a threat to their own security, their own economic interests.

In fact, it is the Trump politics itself that put at risk the security and interests of the USA. I will only pick out these eight points:

  • The "America first" policy makes a blunt claim to hegemony in the world and within one's own country.
  • Within the US itself, Trump politics undermines the independence of the judiciary, it undermines freedom of the press, it promotes racism in the US, its policies continue to undermine the social position of women and celebrate sexism as a lifestyle.
  • The Trump government's tax laws minimize the share of the rich and super-rich in financing social tasks and put the financing of public tasks on the shoulders of the working people of this and future generations. In addition, the Trump policy increases the national debt by another trillion US dollars.
  • The Trump policy endangers the trade in goods in particular, but not only, with China. The American farmers have to store the soybean harvest, which was otherwise taken at 60% to 80% by China, at high prices or even let it rot. Government taxpayers' money is distributed to the farmers in billions and is then lacking elsewhere.
  • The Trump politics builds walls against refugees (Mexico), separates children from their parents in the refugee camps and stirs up the war of religions against Muslims.
  • The Trump politics replaces provocatively the protection of the environment by further and intensified overexploitation of the environment.
  • The Trump policy declares that it wants to militarize space. The arms budget of the US exceeds the sum of the arms budgets of China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, France, Great Britain and Japan.
  • The messages and statements of the Trump politics to the population as well as to the world have leveraged lie and demagogy to a system. More than 3,000 lies and misleading statements have been proven to Trump so far and more are being made every day.

This report to the US Congress is the document that officially proclaims the US rivalry with China as the world's most important opposition. This means that the global political situation will be changed by two camps from now on and in the future.

US policy in the Indo-Pacific area is based on hypocrisy

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the USA, explains before the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations:

  • „Our vision for the Indo-Pacific excludes no nation. It only requires that nations treat their neighbours with respect, and respect the sovereignty of our nations and international rules and order.”  

I'd love to! Agreed!  

Have the governments of the USA practised respect for neighbours and international rules in the Indo-Pacific region?  

In 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 70,000 people in one fell swoop and causing consequential damage for decades.  

1953 Korean War in a country more than 6,000 miles away from the USA. To date, almost 30,000 US troops have been stationed in South Korea.  

From 1965 to 1973 the USA waged one of the most brutal wars in Vietnam, almost 9,000 miles away, with the cruellest bombing, use of napalm and chemical weapons.

From 2001 to the present day, the USA has been waging war against Afghanistan, 12,000 km away.  

Since 2004, the USA has flown 330 drone missions over Pakistan, killing over 2,200 people. (Wikipedia, entry drone strikes in Pakistan)  

What Pence wants to tell us is this: "Respect for neighbors" - as far as they are on the side of US world hegemonic politics. But war and oppression, as far as this is not the case. 

Furthermore, Pence wants to tell us that the USA adheres to "international rules" - as far as these are in the interest of the USA. But breach of international law, as far as it opposes the hegemonic US interest.  

With abysmal hypocrisy the US policy tries to make its world hegemonic aspiration palatable to all peace-loving people. Let's stick to the facts!Hypocrisy does not end peacefully.

Sull’ incontrol di Trump e Kim Jong Un a Singapore


11 giugno 2018 - Leggendo la stampa tedesca e quelli internazionale sul Vertice di Singapore, si ha la sensazione di sedersi su un treno che va in una certa direzione. Tuttavia, questa direzione non è stata scelta esplicitamente e non viene fornita alcuna informazione sulla direzione stessa. E' implicitamente dato per scontato dai mezzi di comunicazione.   

Il "sovrano" o il "dittatore" Kim incontra il presidente degli Stati Uniti. Si tratta di decidere se la Corea del Nord possa o meno essere in possesso di armi nucleari. Si presume che questa situazione iniziale sia legittima.  

Ma non è lei!   

Ogni paese ha diritto all'autodifesa. Gli Stati Uniti, che vogliono vietare alla Corea del Nord di possedere armi nucleari, sono in possesso del più grande potenziale di armi nucleari del mondo. Il governo degli Stati Uniti è stato il primo e finora l'unico a sganciare bombe atomiche su due città che hanno immediatamente ucciso oltre 70.000 civili. Questo crimine è ancora oggi erroneamente giustificato come un'abbreviazione della guerra. Da dove ottiene l'amministrazione statunitense la legittimità di chiedere l'abolizione delle armi nucleari alla Corea del Nord?   

Migliaia di soldati degli Stati Uniti sono alle porte della Corea del Nord in Corea del Sud. Come giudicherebbe il governo degli Stati Uniti il dispiegamento di migliaia di soldati dalla Corea del Nord, ad esempio, a Cuba o in Messico?   

Le armi nucleari sono armi atroci di distruzione di massa, alle quali esiste un'unica richiesta legittima: Proibizione e distruzione di tutte le armi nucleari!   

Fino a quando questo obiettivo non sarà raggiunto, il possesso di armi nucleari deve essere legato a un impegno credibile a non essere mai il primo a utilizzare armi nucleari. Ciò è stato spiegato dalla Cina socialista guidata da Mao Tsedong. Tale obbligo deve essere imposto alla Corea del Nord, che finora lo ha spiegato en passant . Tale obbligo deve essere imposto anche al governo degli Stati Uniti, che finora lo ha rifiutato.  

La Corea del Nord si sente minacciata dalla politica degli Stati Uniti e la Corea del Sud si sente minacciata dalla politica della Corea del Nord. Un trattato di pace potrebbe pertanto stabilire che la Corea del Nord e la Corea del Sud possano riunirsi pacificamente, ritirare tutte le truppe straniere dalla penisola coreana, garantire la sicurezza della Corea del Nord e della Corea del Sud tramite diverse potenze di garanzia e, su questa base, liberare la penisola Coreana dalle armi nucleari.

Thomas Quest


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