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Home >> Opinion
UPDATED: 16:15, August 04, 2006
What does it mean to be a responsible country?
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Since the breakout of Israeli and Lebanese conflict, the US, so-called 'world police' has behaved not very well according to its status. One can't help asking "Is America a responsible country?"

The escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon caused by the Israeli revenge has aroused great concern from the international community. Many countries have called on America who is as if a big brother to persuade Israel to stop bombing Lebanon, sabotaging peace and killing people. On July 23, with the strong demand from the international community, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went to the Middle East to intervene in the conflict. It was highly hoped that Rice would be able to change the situation and stop the bombing to rescue the Lebanese civilians out of fire. However, Rice's mid-east tour was only a political show by saying that 'the temporary ceasefire is not conducive to permanent peace'. This is rather an encouragement to the Israeli government than to relieve the Lebanese people. It sounds like "Just go ahead, I will support you."

Some commentators have pointed out that to reform mid-east countries has been a long term strategy for the Bush administration. Due to Arabic countries' boycott, its greater mid-east democratic plan was aborted. But the current Israeli-Lebanon war has been treated as a good opportunity for the US to create a new mid-east situation with the Israeli military cannon. As for Lebanese civilians, the US has seen this as the pain one must experience before the birth of the new mid-east.

Thus Uncle Sam not only doesn't want to extinguish the fire, but on the contrary, it will give some fuel to it.

Since Hezbollah has used guerrilla war and tunnel war strategy to deal with Israeli bombing, Israeli cannon didn't seem to be very effective. Israel asked help from the US to provide it with advanced bombs with greater destruction. Uncle Sam immediately agreed without any hesitation. On July 22, 100 strong GBU-28 laser-guided and satellite-guided bombs were sent to the Israeli army. With the US connivance, Israel wantonly escalated the flames of war with Lebanon. On July 25, the UN observer sentry in Lebanon was "precisely" hit by the Israeli missile, four UN observers died.

The international community has condemned Israel of its challenge against the UN. On July 26, foreign ministers and officials from 15 countries and representatives from the UN, the EU and the World Bank held an emergent meeting in Rome on the ceasefire of Israeli-Lebanese conflict. Due to the US obstruction, the Rome Declaration has crossed out the demand of 'unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon'. On July 27th, the UN Security Council also issued a statement expressing 'shock' and 'sadness' on the death of the four UN observers without even using the word 'condemnation' due to the obstruction from the US.

On July 30th, 60 Lebanese women and children were killed by the bombing when they were hiding under a shelter. This marked the largest number of death in a single attack since the breakout of the war. The EU, Arabic League, France, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and other countries issued strong indignation against the attack. Arabic League Secretary General Amr Mussa accused the Israeli action as 'hooligan' behavior. The local civilians were also very angry saying "Now we know what is the real terrorism."

Meanwhile the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting calling the two sides to cease the fire. The US again opposed to use the content of 'immediately stop attacking action and stop hostile action' so that the content was crossed out from the UN draft which calls for a stop of violence.

What does it mean to be a responsible power? The US doesn't care its responsibility here, it is also irresponsible. But on the other hand, it demands other countries be responsible. Uncle Sam thinks North Korean nuclear test is irresponsible, Iranian uranium enrichment is irresponsible and Russia is irresponsible as it intervened in the colored revolution in the eastern European countries. As an old Chinese saying goes, if you don't want it yourself, don't give it to others. It is time for Uncle Sam to ask itself, 'what does it mean to be a responsible country?' How can you be a responsible country?

By People's Daily Online


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