Behind the veils of ignorance

Why is it wrong to question OBL’s assassination? The day after it occurred, I read multiple accounts of journalists and other celebrities being issued warnings of being “insensitive” because of the same reason. Insensitive to whose sentiments?

Being someone who respects Gandhi and his ways, I also remain of the opinion that some crimes deserve the penalty of death, that an eye for an eye may make the whole world blind… while blindness itself has assumed requirement. At this point, I recall Rawls’ landmark veil-of-ignorance thought experiment, the demands of its implications translating as the Americans watching the Obama administration with scornful eyes even as they digest the knowledge of Saddam Hussein’s forces landing in Washington, D. C., assassinating Bush, Jr., and dumping his body into the ocean. If there is no tolerance in the reciprocal, then the tolerance of the original demands a worldwide acceptance of the reasoning that concludes with not just the establishment that OBL is the face of evil but also that the USA is the house of good.

The following are excerpts from articles by linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky, written concentrically with the OBL-assassination issue and the pan-continental hegemony desired by the western powers.

Chomsky addressing the perceived Iranian threat

… Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote that “The world has witnessed how the United States attacked Iraq for, as it turned out, no reason at all. Had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy,” particularly when they are under constant threat of attack in violation of the UN Charter. It is glaringly obvious why Iran would seek a deterrent capacity; a look at the military bases and nuclear forces in the region suffices to explain.

Reflections on the Marwan Muasher doctrine and its pertinence today

The Muasher doctrine is rational and venerable. To mention just one case that is highly relevant today, in internal discussion in 1958, President Eisenhower expressed concern about “the campaign of hatred” against us in the Arab world, not by governments, but by the people. The National Security Council (NSC) explained that there is a perception in the Arab world that the U.S. supports dictatorships and blocks democracy and development so as to ensure control over the resources of the region. Furthermore, the perception is basically accurate, the NSC concluded, and that is what we should be doing, relying on the Muasher doctrine. Pentagon studies conducted after 9/11 confirmed that the same holds today.

Addressing the perceived Chinese threat

The State Department warned China that if it wants to be accepted in the international community…then it must not “skirt and evade international responsibilities, [which] are clear”: namely, follow U.S. orders.

Comment on Brazil’s and Turkey’s refusals to participate in the invasion of Iraq

Turkey had been bitterly condemned in 2003 when the government followed the will of 95% of the population and refused to participate in the invasion of Iraq, thus demonstrating its weak grasp of democracy, western-style.

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