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What is a Rogue State?

Lets take a look at the United States' National Security Council's definition.

V. Prevent Our Enemies from Threatening Us, Our Allies, and Our Friends with Weapons of Mass Destruction
White House, United States National Security Council

In the 1990s we witnessed the emergence of a small number of rogue states that, while different in important ways, share a number of attributes. These states:

bulletbrutalize their own people and squander their national resources for the personal gain of the rulers;
bulletdisplay no regard for international law, threaten their neighbors, and callously violate international treaties to which they are party;
bulletare determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction, along with other advanced military technology, to be used as threats or offensively to achieve the aggressive designs of these regimes;
bulletsponsor terrorism around the globe; and
bulletreject basic human values and hate the United States and everything for which it stands.

Now lets hear from a supporter of recent US/UK actions, e.g. "The Coalition of the Willing".

“Without the UK/US (which is based on the western concept of Judeo-Christian ethics) these concepts of fairness, charity and objective morality wouldn't even exist for them to benefit from while whining about how bad we are and deserving of the evil, G-dless societies that come after us out of sheer jealousy and destructive impulses.”
- victoriansherlock, Wipe these damn Muslims out, 01/16/03

Ok, lets take a look at one of those ethical messages.

Matthew 7:2-4 :: King James Version (KJV)
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

So then lets compare their criteria (the NSC's) to some of their own words, policies and actions.

Rulers InternationalLaw WMD Terrorism Values

bulletbrutalize their own people and squander their national resources for the personal gain of the rulers;

Personal Gain of the rulers - "Bush was gently mocking the endless process-- and above all the fast-moving story of the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history--a scandal that has so far defied White House attempts to isolate it or explain it away."
Brutalize their own people - "During the last few years, the public has become aware of several examples where U.S. Government researchers intentionally exposed Americans to potentially dangerous substances without their knowledge or consent."

bulletdisplay no regard for international law, threaten their neighbors, and callously violate international treaties to which they are party;

Rule of law or rule of force - "The United States vetoed the resolution. It now stands as the only state on record which has both been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism and has vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on states to observe international law…"

bulletare determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction, along with other advanced military technology, to be used as threats or offensively to achieve the aggressive designs of these regimes;

Biological and Chemical -  "U.S. Recently Produced Anthrax in a Highly Lethal Powder Form"
Nuclear -  "Using a nuclear weapon, no matter how small, could easily ignite a broader nuclear war,..."

bulletsponsor terrorism around the globe; and

Background - “We've had allies throughout our history that aren't necessarily of the same philosophy and persuasion that we are, regarding principles and values. Sometimes your realpolitik interests demand that."
Iraq - Rumsfeld 'offered help to Saddam'
CIA - Backyard Terrorism
Nicaragua case study - "...official orders to the terrorist army to attack what are called “soft targets,” meaning undefended civilian targets, and to keep away from the Nicaraguan army."
Foreign Policy - "Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment ..."

bulletreject basic human values and hate the United States and everything for which it stands.

The U.S. NSC and CIA - "Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush Vice President Richard B. Cheney Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Attorney General John David Ashcroft"
Article 1 -  "It is unfortunate that the cluster bombs -- the unexploded ones -- are the same color as the food packets."
Article 6 -  "If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job."
Article 8 -  "I can assure you that no one at CIA believes a word Bush said. What's more, no one at CIA believes that Bush believes a word Bush said."
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    When reading the pages in this section I think it would be helpful to read and consider the following article, particularly the portions on the Triune Brain theory. It provides significant insight on, and an explanation for, the belief that violence and coercion are practical and wise methods for social change. 

#TL12: HOW TO ACHIEVE EMOTIONAL CONTROL
By Mark Lindsay
“In The Dragons of Eden, after describing the characteristic behaviors of the reptile brain which I’ve just listed above, Carl Sagan says, "This seems to me to characterize a great deal of modern human bureaucratic and political behavior." Bureaucratic behavior is "controlled at its core" by the reptilian brain, hence we observe coercion and physical violence, territorial and jurisdictional claims, political rituals such as the presidential motorcade, and the social hierarchies for which bureaucratic organizations are notorious.”

After reading the article I think you are likely to derive additional insight from the following citations.

The Secrets of September 11
Wednesday 30 April 2003, MSNBC
April 30 — Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks. …One such CIA briefing, in July 2001, was particularly chilling and prophetic.

al·le·go·ry n. pl. al·le·go·ries
1.a. The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.

Revelation 13 (KJV)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

International Law Seen at Risk in U.S. Fight with Security Council
Fri Jul 5, 2002
"The real reason behind Washington's blackmail [in the Security Council] is the most troubling," according to Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), writing in the Financial Times this week. "An increasingly influential faction in the Bush administration believes that U.S. military and economic power is so dominant that the U.S. is no longer served by international law."

"Dominance" means the ability to affect and dominate an adversary's will both physically and psychologically. Physical dominance includes the ability to destroy, disarm, disrupt, neutralize, and to render impotent. Psychological dominance means the ability to destroy, defeat, and neuter the will of an adversary to resist; or convince the adversary to accept our terms and aims short of using force. The target is the adversary's will, perception, and understanding. The principal mechanism for achieving this dominance is through imposing sufficient conditions of "Shock and Awe" on the adversary to convince or compel it to accept our strategic aims and military objectives. Clearly, deception, confusion, misinformation, and disinformation, perhaps in massive amounts, must be employed.
“Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance”
Written By, Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade, With: L.A. "Bud" Edney, Fred M. Franks, Charles A. Horner, Jonathan T. Howe, and Keith Brendley, NDU Press Book, December 1996


 

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