EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
Letter to Editor Targets Issue of True Justice for George Floyd and Victims of U.S. Sanctions
April 26 , 2021 (EIRNS)—The following letter to the editor addressed a Baltimore Sun op-ed by Tricia Bishop from April 20. It was written today by Baltimorean, The LaRouche Organization activist Doug Mallouk:
Baltimore Sun opinion editor Tricia Bishop contends that the Derek Chauvin verdict, though a victory, is no cause for celebration. (“The Chauvin Verdict Won’t Change American Justice, Only A Recognition Of Our Shared Humanity Can Do That” April 20). She’s absolutely right—but for completely different reasons than the ones she cites.
A cynically evil adage says that one death is a tragedy, but a million deaths are a statistic. Comparing the (rightful) popular outrage at the George Floyd atrocity with the studied indifference exhibited by so many to the innumerable lives destroyed by U.S. regime change wars, and the even more deadly regimen of sanctions imposed by the successive Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden Administrations, one has to wonder how deeply corrupted our thinking has become.
On March 24, the Vatican Apostolic Nuncio to Syria Cardinal Mario Zenari charged that the U.S. sanctions have driven fully 90% of that tortured nation’s population to poverty and near starvation, putting Syria just behind Yemen (another victim of economic warfare emanating from Washington) in that catastrophic situation. A bevy of UN officials have testified to similar effect with respect to Venezuela, Iran and other targets on the U.S.-U.K. hit list. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all but pled guilty to genocide in “explaining” that the purpose of sanctions is to impose so much privation on the civilians that they rise up against their putatively murderous rulers. Yes, you read that right: our government is perpetrating starvation, disease, and misery “to save lives”!
Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche, former Virginia State Senator (and decorated Vietnam veteran Marine aviator) Richard Black, and many others, have demanded that the barbaric form of warfare known as sanctions be suspended forthwith. Where on Earth are the protesters decrying this huge crime?
Justice for George Floyd? Absolutely! But when is the U.S. government, with its ponderous weight, going to remove its knee from the necks of the millions victimized by its bombs, and even worse, its sanctions?
Sincerely, Doug Mallouk, Baltimore, Maryland.