Francis Boyle positions sabre-rattling at Iran squarely inside the catastrophic saga of U.S. imperialism.
The author delivered this speech at the Perdana Global Peace Forum 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 22, 2006. That year the U.S. had deployed aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf and tensions then, as now, were high.
Little has changed in theimperialist tendencies of American foreign policy since the foundingof the United States of America in 1789. The fledgling United States opened the 19th century by stealing thecontinent of North America from the Indians, while in the processethnically cleansing them and then finally deporting the pitiful few survivors by means of death marches (à la Bataan) to Bantustans, whichin America we call reservations, as in instance of America’s “ManifestDestiny” to rule the world.
Then, the imperial government of the United States opened the 20th century by stealing a colonial empire from Spain — in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines, then inflicting anear-genocidal war against the Filipino people. While at the sametime, purporting to annex, the kingdom of Hawaii and subjecting…