US must take a long hard look in the mirror before preaching about genocide

U.S. President Joe Biden labeled the "1915 events"  that took place in Ottoman Turkey during the First World War as a “genocide,” thus fulfilling a pledge he made before the elections to the anti-Turkey lobby. Biden's false allegations against Turkey is the latest example of just how hollow the U.S.’s understanding of the term “ally” really is.

It goes without saying that there was no place for a genocidal mindset in the order established by the Ottoman Empire. Biden, who is bad at history, also showed that he is far from being a good diplomat and statesman. Turkish history, which is the most important segment of global history that straddled Asia, Europe and Africa, to this day has not lost any of its glory. Combing through its history for “genocide” is as absurd as looking for a needle in a haystack.

The U.S. is the last country that should be preaching morality to others. First of all, America itself is a state founded on the enslavement of Native Americans and Africans. Before Christopher Columbus arrived, 10 million indigenous people lived in the American south. After Columbus, who was actually a mass murderer of Red Indians, the indigenous population in the south dropped to one million. American historian Prof. Howard Zinn sheds light on the real history of the U.S. in his book, "A People's History of the United States." Prof. Zinn refers to presidents Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt, whom the U.S. regards as military heroes, as "racist killers of Native Americans."

The ethnic cleansing of Native Americans, slavery and racism are synonymous with the U.S. since America’s wealth was built on the lands of Native Americans and the slave labor of Africans abducted from their homelands. Meanwhile, discriminatory police violence against Blacks is the hot-button issue of the day in Biden’s America.

While we’re on the topic of massacres,  one simply cannot neglect to mention the ones carried out by the U.S. during in the waning months of the Second World War. In February 1945, American and British planes rained bombs on the German city of Dresden. 

During the attacks that lasted several days, approximately 4,000 tons of bombs were dropped on the city. Between 25,000 and 200,000 people lost their lives in the bombardment that burned Dresden to the ground. American novelist Kurt Vonnegut was present at the time of the attack on Dresden. As an American soldier, Vonnegut had been captured by the Germans for a while. In his famous novel "Slaughterhouse Five," Vonnegut describes the Dresden massacre he personally witnessed, writing that what took place in Dresden was even worse than what happened in Hiroshima.

Another American assault against civilians took place when the U.S. attacked the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, the weapons that were used then were "atomic bombs." Thus, the U.S. made history as the first country to ever use nuclear bombs, while in fact, these attacks had nothing to do with changing the outcome of the war. The Japanese army wanted to surrender on the condition that the Japanese emperor remained on his throne. Yet, the U.S. barreled ahead with the war, dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in July 1945. Close to 150,000 people died, while more were left to perish after being exposed to radiation. The war ended two months after these attacks. The Americans allowed the Japanese emperor remain on his throne. Yet, poor innocent civilians were the ones who paid the price.

America waged wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq in the not so distant past as well. Biden, who was an influential senator at the time, also played an important role in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, which was carried out on false grounds. Despite that, no one was held legally responsible for the war in which hundreds of thousands of people perished. Likewise, tens of thousands of civilians died in the aftermath of U.S. airstrikes on Afghanistan throughout America’s 20-year-long presence in the country.

Since World War II, the perception of the U.S. abroad can be summed up with the stereotype of the “Ugly American.” There have been so many military coups carried out by Washington in South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa in the not so distant past. Pro-U.S. American coups that overturned elected governments show that their claim about being defenders of democracy, freedom and human rights is nothing but cheap rhetoric. Even children are aware that the U.S. is protecting and watching over military dictatorships and brutal monarchies in the Middle East. Is there anything more absurd than the U.S. preaching about virtue to other countries while backing generals who murdered thousands of civilians and pumping billions of dollars to them every year?

#Joe Biden
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