Sun | Oct 22, 2017

US has no moral authority on Syria

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The United States is a big hypocrite. The nation of police brutality, prison industrial complexes, Standing Rock, Flint, Islamophobic policies, and Western imperialism claims to be bombing for 'humanitarian reasons'.

I'm wary of Jamaicans who are defending further intervention by the US in Syria based on what they describe as "a need for humanitarian response". Since when do we view missile strikes as "humanitarian"? Will Jamaicans ever regain their ability to call a spade a spade when it comes to the US?

Many media outlets are calling Trump's bombing of Syria an escalation, but this is nothing new. The US is a killing machine all over the world, and there has always been bipartisan support of their international massacres.

A few peacemakers and lawyers have been arguing that Trump's actions are unconstitutional. Perhaps they are, but he is commander-in-chief. Literally, every US president I have been old enough to see has militarily intervened in a country without the approval of Congress. The last time the US went to war with Congress's approval was in 1942, and we all remember the atrocities that have happened since in the name of making a profit.

There will also be talk at the UN about Trump breaking international law and killing civilians, but the United States has set a bad precedent of flouting international law, and the current president has already made his position on not caring about the UN very clear.

Jamaicans, me a beg you, do, stop pick up fi di US. If we all take a few steps back, we'll realise that the US and Russia both have monetary interests in Syria and have turned a civil war into a proxy war. This has nothing to do with a humanitarian response.

The US has no moral authority to intervene anywhere on the grounds of humanitarian concerns.

JHERANE PATMORE

jheranep@gmail.com