Self-defense only for empires?

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


The artificial colonial settler state of Israel claims that its mass slaughtering of the indigenous people of Palestine in their own homeland is self-defense. Is Israel’s claim based on international law? No. It is based on what the United States (US) and its allies allege according to their own so-called “Rules Based Order”. In other words, only empires have a right to “self-defense”! Please click on this link for more:

Incredibly, empires also have the right to join the United Nations (UN), despite its Charter saying that only peace loving nations will be admitted. Who could be more war loving than the US?

Not only is the US a UN member state with veto power, the UN’s venue is in the US! Does anybody really believes that the UN could maintain world peace by having the very nation that the world, according to Gallup Polls, regards as the biggest threat to peace?

About three fourths of UN states consider Palestine a nation. About one quarter of UN members refuse UN membership for Palestine. That 3 quarter majority that wants a real peace organization ought to revoke its UN membership, and create an alternative organization in a nation that truly respects democracy and international law. No one ought to reasonably expect that a rogue state will suddenly become democratic, because it is the right thing to do. Rogue states have made their choice!

Puerto Rico is a great example. The US forced its citizenship on Puerto Ricans in 1917. After 126 years of US colonialism, two thirds of Puerto Ricans have abandoned our national territory. Half of the 3 million who have remained live in poverty.

Puerto Ricans were massacred in Ponce in 1937 for peacefully advocating for our independence, although they had the right, under international law, to use all means necessary to decolonize themselves, like the Palestinians do too. That became known as “La Masacre de Ponce”.

The US has consistently refused to comply with 42 UN’s resolutions demanding that it immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. Isn’t it obvious by now that empires never want to return what they have stolen?

Self-defense is never for rouge states.

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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