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American foreign policy is a danger to the world

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Nicholas Ourusoff spent several semesters teaching in Russia and Kazakhstan beginning in 1990. He lives in New London.

In a year-end poll, WIN and Gallup International polled more than 66,000 people in 65 countries and found that 24% of respondents said the United States “is the biggest threat to peace in the world.” world today”. Pakistan and China were next with 8% and 6%, respectively, while Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea were all tied at 4%.

President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken promote a “rules-based world order.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese President Xi Jinping asked, “How is this different from international law based on the rules of the United Nations Charter? All 193 members of the United Nations are signatories to the United Nations Charter, widely regarded as a legal and binding international treaty.

The answer is: the United States is committed to the rules of the United Nations Charter, but only when appropriate; otherwise, the United States acts as if it is above the UN Charter, usurping the moral authority of the UN Charter.

The United Nations was established in 1945 to end the scourge of war and secure peace. The Charter of the United Nations recognizes the right of a member to the military defense of its territory against aggression by another member, until a ceasefire and the maintenance of peace can be arranged. . Otherwise, the UN Charter commits to resolving conflicts non-violently through diplomacy.

It prohibits mob-style bullying – “If you don’t do what me and my friends say, we’ll beat you up!” Only the United Nations Security Council is empowered to impose sanctions!

The United States has twice been convicted of a “crime of aggression” by the United Nations World Court, for its support of the Contras against Nicaragua in 1986, when it was also ordered to pay reparations (we we never did and we intensified our support for the Contras) and for his invasion of Iraq (2003-2011).

President Biden promised “diplomacy not confrontation”. But unauthorized punitive sanctions, to force an adversary to go “my way or the highway,” are a mainstay of American foreign policy, but they are not diplomacy.

We have seen Secretary of State Antony Blinken reject Russia’s two existential security demands. He simply threatened crippling sanctions if Russia invaded Ukraine. Against the advice of several of our most prominent leaders, we violated Russia’s security by interfering in Russia’s relations with Ukraine as well as in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

Two strategic partnerships with Ukraine, in 2008 reinforced on September 21, 2021, nor reported in our main media, commit American support to a reinforced entry of Ukraine into the EU and NATO.

Stop fighting now! Save Ukrainian lives. Escalation risks provoking a nuclear conflict. Accept what is, make it better. Focus on recovery, reconciliation and diplomacy, as well as the existential threats of climate change and nuclear conflict.