THE ‘Cowboy Congress’ never anticipated the global campaigns against the so-called ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ (JASTA), because the way of thinking in America is based on three principles that contradict norms and values.
The first principle is that the founding fathers came to the new found land due to eviction from their countries or in search of wealth – even if it meant taking over the original citizens, the ‘Red Indians’. Second is to snatch the rights of others for self-comfort. Third is about enslaving people and rendering them submissive to benefit from their services which served as the starting point for theft and slavery expeditions in Africa.
Majority of the members of the two assemblies and many other Americans believe that other nationalities were created to serve ‘Uncle Sam’, such that whatever they say becomes a law binding on others without objection. This is the reason behind the US legislative authority’s enactment of a series of laws several decades back, which led to global political, economic and financial crises. The last of such crises is the mortgage whose price the world continues to pay until now.
JASTA is one way of disregarding the rights of others based on the way of thinking mentioned earlier. For this, the lawmakers did not realize its negative implications during the debate, because they believe that nobody in the universe dares to oppose the US authority. This is a replica of the ancient Roman Empire’s Council of Elders, which eventually led to the collapse of the empire that used to rule over the largest part of the world.
The cowboy congressmen of today fell into the same mistake due to their failure to recognize the existence of other countries, apart from the US, with economic and political capabilities to tackle the latter as the situation is in many parts of the world at the moment.
We are now in the 21st century, not the 16th and 17th centuries when the ‘fever’ of imperialists used to grip the leaders. In those days, there were no international agreements, conventions, laws and organizations to regulate relations between countries based on the need to respect their sovereignty and immunity. For this, laws enacted by the countries contrary to any principle of international politics is considered null.
We said for the umpteenth time that the JASTA enacted by the cowboys does not only target Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, but the entire world. The world is not the Red Indians or slaves subject to orders of the congressmen, so what they just passed is a form of political blindness. It has started bringing catastrophe to the US, because the demand for a similar law in Japan has been gaining ground. Vietnamese newspapers have been publishing editorials calling for enforcement of Vietnamese JASTA by the government, while people in Iraq have been crying out loudly to ensure that the government enacts a similar law.
All these are merely drops of rain and the beginning of a downpour that will become a flood which will consume the US once it gathers strength. Those who voted in favor of the law will understand there and then why the Obama Administration and some State governors opposed it, that is, to avoid using a double-edged weapon which will hurt them first before others.
Therefore, various indicators of a possible amendment or suspension of its implementation within the legislative authority are tantamount to signaling the beginning of dropping the suicidal project. However, this question is imperative here: Will the rest of the world jettison an opportunity to nail Uncle Sam that was lured into the ditch of enthusiasm by the ‘Democratic Camel’ while the ‘Republican Elephant’ broke the glass in his house?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times