ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone & Fax: 788.62.33
World Conference Against Racism
We all know that the tragedies and suffering faced by humanity
every now and then invariably occur due to our negligence and hesitation
to firmly confront those whose selfishness and prejudice cause all these
tragedies. This is the way
humanity ends up falling victim to a series of evil actions and adverse
reactions, as in the dark ages when the strong trampled upon the weak
who, in turn, could only wait anxiously for the day to strike back twice
This is the tragic scenario which humanity is living today
despite the end of the Dark Age centuries ago.
The cases to illustrate this sad scenario are clear and numerous.
The use of depleted
uranium-tipped missiles is one example.
Its deadly effect on soldiers that participated in NATOís
Alliance against Yugoslavia has gained wide media coverage.
In fact, the International Tribunal Against War Crimes has
pointed at the prospect of inquiring about those accountable for these
Actually, the Western forces had previously used these very
destructive missiles against the Iraqi people, and did so in a more
extensive and harmful manner than it had in the Balkans.
The victims of this lethal weapon that has deadly effects lasting
for generations are in the hospitals of Iraq for every visitor of this
country to witness. However,
the Western conscience was not moved and the case was not presented to
world public opinion until after a number of soldiers from Western
countries fell prey to the side effects of using this deadly weapon.
This racist and double standard attitude is the most dangerous
threat facing humanity during this century.
It is a virus with serious afflictions and agonies stored for
Public opinion in the Third World, which represents approximately
80% of this planetís population, cannot forget the Hiroshima and
Nagasaki bombs, nor can it forget the Libyan commercial plane struck by
Israeli air missiles over the Egyptian Sinai Desert, burning its
casualties of two hundred and eighty passengers. And how could people ever forget the Iranian commercial plane
struck over its own countryís airfield by American fleet missiles. Libyans
cannot forget American air raids on Tripoli and Benghazi due to the
false accusation concerning the West Berlin club bombing which proved to
be wrong after the launching of these unjustified raids.
In addition, everyone certainly recalls the air raids attack on
the pharmaceutical factory in Sudanís capital due to an accusation,
which proved to be false as well. The
aftermath of such raids clearly portrayed American recklessness and
arrogance, which has become the all-familiar style of expression in this
pitiful time and age.
As vile and reckless as these crimes, and as contemptuous and
arrogant as the perpetrators of these atrocities have been, they were
hardly denounced or even reproached.
Never have they even given a thought to compensating the victims
or at least offering them an apology.
Yet blockades, embargoes, sanctions and the starving of peoples
and killing of children are only enforced unjustifiably on countries
like Iraq, Libya and Sudan.
Isnít this exactly what racism is in its essence and most
offensive manifestations? Are
we still living in the jungle whereat the strong feeds upon the weak??!!
States must lead by example.
States racism against States is another form of racism, which
must be seriously addressed. The
advanced and powerful Western world has many active humanitarians and
hundreds, if not thousands, of human rights organizations.
These organizations and their members represent perhaps millions
who should raise their voices to confront their own governments to rid
themselves of their arrogant and racist ways, and the ignorance which
could only bring devastation and destruction for all involved, including
the Western world itself, as evident in history which is the greatest