U.S. Treasury Department Acts as World’s Policeman
November 3, 2014
On October 16, the U.S. Treasury Department press center announced a new round of symbolic sanctions on Syria. The press release outlined a dossier of financial transactions allegedly blowing the whistle on a variety of individuals and business entities.
The dossier shows that the U.S. government has been spying on and sanctioning individuals and business entities for nothing more than earning a living. In the dossier the U.S. Treasury Department denounces as criminal anyone “acting for, providing support to, or for being senior officials of, the Syrian regime.” This corruption of the mission of the U.S. Treasury Department is used to create a hysteria about so-called Syrian “human rights violations.”
According to the chauvinist logic of the press release, a member of Syrian society is only “good” if he or she actively joins with the U.S. in opposing the current Syrian state.
Even in the one case where real criminal activity is alleged, the press release does not mention the alleged crimes as violations of Syrian law. In that case, without proof, a Syrian Brigadier General is defamed as a torturer. According to the divine wisdom of the U.S. Treasury Department, this kind of anti-social conduct does not merit a call for a trial, only economic sanctions!
Sanctioning individuals and businesses wouldn’t be considered military blackmail if it weren’t for the fact that in today’s world the U.S. military and CIA openly boast of an assassination policy. Over the last several years hundreds of individuals branded as terrorists have been assassinated in sovereign countries by U.S. remote controlled aircraft.
In Syria, U.S. imperialism is not any more interested in “stopping violence” or defending “human rights” than anywhere else in the world – when it brought to power and propped up such notorious and brutal dictators as Suharto in Indonesia, the Shah in Iran, Duvalier in Haiti, Marcos in the Philippines, Pinochet in Chile, the U.S. puppet regime in Iraq, etc., etc., etc.
The alternative to U.S. imperialism’s increasingly reckless and unstable program of dictate, domination, and intervention is to build a broad popular front against war and militarism which fights for a democratic foreign policy – for the withdrawal of all U.S. military forces stationed abroad, for an end to all aggressive military alliances and pacts, for an end to U.S. interference and intervention against other countries and people.