This is what the citizens of European countries could demand from the United States

November 29th, 2012

… and from our own governments – Published on Current Concerns, by Karl Müller, Nov. 19, 2012.

(All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development … International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 1)

… We might congratulate Barack Obama on his re-election, but also make clear what we request:

We might demand that Europe – committed to the truth – reappraises its history since the Second World War. Most recently, a research assistant of the European United Left in the European Parliament, Andreas Wehr (“Die Europäische Union”, ISBN 978-3-89438-498-2), made such an attempt, and came to the conclusion that what later became the European Union had never been a European project but a US American one. And that it had not been intended to secure peace in Europe, but was established mainly in order to enforce US economic and US financial interests more effectively.  

We could demand that the US commits itself to the Charter of the United Nations; hence it should renounce wars of aggression and show reliable respect for the equality and sovereignty of all the states in the world.

We, the citizens of European countries, might demand that the United States close all US military bases outside their country and limit themselves to what is the right and the duty of every country: stationing troops only in one’s own country and spend for military purposes as is necessary for the defense of one’s own country. We could also demand that the United States neither use hard power nor soft power nor smart power in their foreign policy in the future, but instead that they regulate their relations with other countries in open and equal negotiations. This is also true if somebody in the United States wants to purchase raw materials in other countries.

We, the citizens of European countries, could demand that the US cease to develop ever more terrible weapons of mass destruction and instead adopt honest and serious disarmament initiatives.

We could demand that the US cease to destabilize other countries. We know the attempts to decompose other states, and the demonization of other states and governments from the history of all the wars in Europe. Such stereotypes do no longer suit a world that is supposed to grow together in peace and equality.

We could ask that also US policy accept that each country regulates its economic order according to the will of its people. Only such an approach corresponds to the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights also ratified by the US. In Article 1, paragraph 1, the following is laid down: “All peoples have the right to self-determination. In virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

There is no convincing argument for why the present economic world disorder should continue. And why every country should maintain a kind of capitalism that only serves a minority that is socially injust and renders peace in the world impossible.

Obviously, we citizens of European countries could request a lot more, so that in the coming years US politics will no longer follow the teachings of Robert Kagan, but will serve the efforts for a more peaceful and socially just world.

And with all the demands we would naturally associate the wish that the United States bring peace and justice to their own people.

Finally, we would also have to demand from our own governments in Europe everything that we request the United States to do. We should give special emphasis to those claims – so that the governments of European countries would be standing at the side of their citizens. This would also be very important for the future of US politics.
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Links:

Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left (European United Left);

The World from Berlin: Europe Hasn’t Learned Lessons from Greece Crisis, on Spiegel Online International, Nov. 28, 2012;

There’s a Hole in the Budget: What the Greece Deal Means for German Finances, on Spiegel Online International, Nov. 28, 2012;

Former Arab League Head Amr Moussa: Egypt Has Never Been in Such a Critical State, on Spiegel Online International, Nov. 27, 2012;
(Photo-Gallery).

Hague: UK will back Palestine UN vote if Abbas re-enters peace talks with Israel, on Left Foot Forward, by Shamik Das, Nov. 28, 2012.

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