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Message Sam Hamod

Never forget Rwanda.

Remember the millions of Tutsis and Hutus who died there, while America and President Clinton never raised a finger. Remember also, there was no oil in Rwanda. There is no oil in Egypt and there is no oil in Tunisia; thus, the Americans and the EU did not interfere.

However, there is oil in Darfur, in southern Sudan, so we went in to allow the south to secede and to ruin the economy of the whole country. There is oil in Libya, and just like Sudan, we are ready to jump in along with the EU so that we can GET THAT OIL.

As an American citizen, I agree with Mr. John Allen, a citizen, as he calls himself, of Wisconsin when he says in an article in Today's Alternative News...

I am calling for the UN to investigate the illegal behavior of this governor and the federal American Government that has done nothing to stop this abuse of our human rights, not just in Wisconsin, but in other states -- racism that is running rampant once again but this time it is not only against African Americans, it is also against Africans, Pakistanis, Arabs, Iranians, Chinese, Koreans, Muslims, Hindus and citizens of all the South American and Latino countries. But, the federal government is doing nothing to stop these abuses. Therefore, it is time for the UN to step into the situation and investigate why this is happening in America, especially since the USA is a member of the UN Security Council!

I once taught at a Wisconsin university and lived there as a citizen, and I know the people of Wisconsin are honest, hard-working people. Their governor, who got in by hook or crook, and who has never accomplished anything in his life, is abusing the rights of the citizens and cutting one of their greatest assets -- their education -- through cutting back of the rights of teachers.

I join Mr. Allen in his call for the UN to investigate human rights abuses in America. It is time the UN came in and investigated racism against African Americans, Native Americans, Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, Latinos, Chinese, Koreans and Japanese -- because racism is rampant in America. If anyone speaks against it, they are removed from both print and electroic media -- or not allowed on at all.  

Just count the number of Tunisians and Egyptians who were on TV in America during those crises. You, like so many, realize they appeared on NPR and some on PBS, but little else; yet, we have thousands of PhD's and professionals from those countries who would have been pleased to be on TV to speak the truth. But all we got were the usual white man talking heads, who knew nothing but made up more lies and slanted things as they wished and got away with it because there were no experts allowed on the air. 

And, please don't tell me Brookings Institution is still an honest think tank, since the influence of Paul Wolfowitz and his friends, American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation never were set up to be honest think tanks. There just aren't any.

We have the same situation with Libya today. Russia and China, in their official news agencies have claimed that there were no Libyan planes attacking those in revolt. Also, the US media keeps saying Libya's Muammar Qaddafi is deranged. But if that's the case, so is Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Barack Obama, all of whom tell us things are getting better in America, while the truth shows them to be liars.

I agree, we need a UN investigation into America, not only to investigate Human Rights abuses in those ethnic and racial and religious groups mentioned earlier, but also to investigate why we are such a war-mongering nation -- in violation of international law and Geneva Conventions, with our violations at Guantanamo Bay, and our renditions of suspected "terrorists" in secret prisons -- among many other atrocities.

An investigation is needed about the way those who protest the racism and warmongering are mistreated and arrested while those officials like Hillary Clinton and others talk of "human rights" and "freedom."  Tell that to war veteran, CIA agent and American citizen, Ray McGovern, who was roughed up and arrested simply because he stood up and silently turned his back to Hillary Clinton when she was, ironically, giving a speech on Human Rights and Freedom!

Yes, it is time for America to be investigated by the UN, in the same way that Qaddafi has called for an investigation into who is behind the revolt in Libya. It may be Libyans, or it might also be America, the EU and whoever else, including Israel -- those interested in that "sweet crude" oil they so dearly want.  After all, it is now clear that America and the UK went into Iraq for oil, into Afghanistan for the same reason, and supported the Georgians against Russia.

But REMEMBER RWANDA. There was no oil, so millions were needlessly slaughtered while the US and the EU stood idly by. But there IS oil in Libya, and that's the reason the US, the UK and France are so anxious to get their troops into Libya and take Qaddafi out of power.

Again, I agree, with Mr. Allen. We need to have our government investigated by the UN, especially since we keep asking the UN to investigate matters in other countries when they appear to be the same kinds of Human Rights abuses we have here in America. 

And lest we forget, we should ask the African Americans of New Orleans what happened to their homes as a result of the Katrina disaster -- and what happened when they wanted to return and were forbidden to do so.  If this isn't Human Rights abuses, then the moon is made of cheese.

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Sam Hamod, Ph.D. is a graduate professor; he has taught courses in creative writing, politics, religion, mass media and intercultural relations. He has one of the very few PhDs awarded by The Writers Workshop of The Univ. of Iowa, has published 12 (more...)
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