UN: Used to Perpetuate Poverty and Colonialism
London, UK, September 14 – The record number of world leaders at the sixtieth meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York will not prevent the UN from being used once again to perpetuate poverty and colonialism. The UN is being used to legitimise the plundering of resources by colonialist governments and silence opposition to Western foreign policy and the occupation of the Muslim world.
The world's poorest are getting poorer under the yoke of colonialism. Western leaders gathered at the G8 conference to present to the world their proposals to make poverty history. In fact the pledges on debt relief were oversold. Even if all pledges were fulfilled the world's richest nations would transfer to Africa only an extra 0.03 per cent of their national income. Capitalist governments are the cause of the human poverty situation and not the cure.
The vague Security Council resolution on terrorism fails to define "incitement to terrorist acts" and will undoubtedly be used by governments, especially in the Muslim world, to suppress legitimate political dissent and expression. In putting forward this resolution, Tony Blair is trying to subvert the meaning of terrorism for political ends by labelling legitimate resistance to occupation and the criticism of Western foreign policy as terrorism. This subversion for political ends was apparent when Blair commented on his recent trip to India that he has "always condemned terrorism in respect of Kashmir", despite wide-scale rights abuses in Kashmir and continued Indian occupation.
Taji Mustafa, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "The whole world witnessed how the US and British governments pressurised the UN to legitimise their invasion of Iraq. Unfortunately the reality of the UN is that it is used as a club for the capitalist powers to further their colonial policies throughout the Third World. Blair's frantic attempt to pass this resolution on 'terrorism' will no doubt be used to attack the non-violent political struggle against the Western supported dictators in the Muslim world to establish the Islamic political system – the Caliphate. The Caliphate, unlike the capitalist states, will put human beings before profit, by establishing an economic system that ensures food, clothing and shelter for every individual, Muslim and non-Muslim, and prevents the unrestricted plunder of resources of the Third World by multinational corporations."