Isn’t it ironic that the US is hosting a 'democracy' summit? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Isn’t it ironic that the US is hosting a 'democracy' summit?

American investigative journalist Greg Palast is the author of “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” which was published in 2002 and later adapted into a documentary called the Bush Family Fortunes. As for the country he means, there is no doubt that it’s the United States of America. 

In the Cold War era, the U.S. deposed democratically elected prime ministers and presidents of dozens of states through CIA-backed coups. It was also the CIA who had the starring role in the coup d’ état that ended with the death of Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973. Furthermore, thousands of dissidents were killed during the 17-year military dictatorship of General Pinochet. The U.S. National Security advisor of the time, Henry Kissinger, said: “The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves” on the matter of the Allende regime.

In 1953, Iran’s elected president, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown by a joint U.S.-British coup. The justification for this putsch was that Mosaddegh had nationalized Iranian oil. Additionally the first democratically elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was a Belgian colony, Patrice Lumumba, suffered a CIA-backed coup in September of 1960. What’s more is that in 1960, a U.S.-backed coup also transpired in our country, Turkey, where President Adnan Menderes was executed with a bogus court order. There are numerous more examples, but these will have to suffice for the time being in exemplifying how deep the U.S. is in its quagmire of “democracy.”

It turned out that the plundering order established by America in Afghanistan following its invasion of the country wasn’t even remotely related to democracy. As the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, the country quickly fell under the control of the Taliban. There is no need to explain what the U.S. support to military and other dictatorial regimes in the Middle East has cost these people. The whole world already knows the story by heart.

Ever since 1979, the U.S. has been paying out 1.3 billion dollars in funds to the military regime in Egypt for it to keep its own people at bay. This aid continues even in the era of General Sisi, who overthrew Egypt’s first elected president. To add fuel to the fire, the U.S. gives ludicrous amounts to the Zionists, who have made the lives of Palestinians a living hell.

America, described by journalist Greg Palast as the best democracy money can buy, is also experiencing a "democracy crisis" within itself. The Biden administration, on the other hand, will hold an alleged “Democracy Summit” in December. It is worth mentioning that many countries with controversial interests in democracy were included on the guest list.

American author Shay Khatiri recently published an article titled “Summit for Democracy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in the Bulwark with the subtitle: “It’s all about the guest list.”The title alone is enough to describe the summit. Those who watch those famous Westerns will have much appreciation for his title. In the movie, the “Good” one gets his bounty by handing the notorious criminal, “Ugly,” to the judiciary. “The Good” later saves “The Ugly” one from execution. The partnership of these two characters is then disrupted by another conflict of interest. While “The Good” and “The Ugly” are fighting, another criminal “Bad” will get involved into the mix.

Iran’s former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Panama despot Manuel Noriega all stayed in power through U.S. backing. When they started becoming more trouble than they were worth, they were left in the cold by their fairweather friend. The remains of Marcos, who died in 1989 in Hawaii, where he fled, were taken to the Philippines in 1993. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte transferred Marcos to the "Graveyard of Heroes" in 2016. The Philippines, under the regime of Duterte, will also attend Biden's Democracy Summit. The Narendra Modi administration, which is basically ignoring the 180 million Muslims in its country, also received an invitation.

In his article, Shay Khatiri criticizes Biden, who attended in person the Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, for holding the Democracy Summit virtually. He furthermore lays down on the table the Biden administration’s criteria for the guest list. According to Khatiri, these countries “hurt the cause of democracy, which is the summit’s only purpose. “They will demoralize democratic forces, legitimize the brutalities these governments perpetrate, and hurt America’s image among the people of each nation,” he writes. He ends with a warning, saying that the Summit for Democracy may embarrassingly become “just a big meeting of Countries America Needs.”

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