Rules-Based International Order Must Be Protected With Allies, Partners, Indo-Pacom Commander Says
Nov. 22, 2021 | By Terri Moon Cronk , DOD News
“….the order is under attack by revisionist, autocratic powers that seek to disrupt and displace the order in ways that benefit themselves at the expense of all others, Aquilino said.
Coercion and intimidation are the tools they use to achieve their objectives, he said, adding, “This assault on the rules-based international order should be concerning to all of us.”
What a load of bullshit, there is no such thing as a Rules-Based International Order, the genocide in Gaza, proves it..
Noura Erakat says it better than I ever could.
@10:01 minutes We begin with Noura Erakat Palestinian human rights attorney and associate professor from Rutgers University
…Israel and the United States are jointly complicit in the ongoing Nakba in Palestine. Together they are rendering international law worthless and irrelevant. Every single Tribunal from Nuremburg, to Rwanda, from Bosnia, to Cambodia, every prosecution at the ICC were meant to atone for our moral failures, to protect us from ourselves, and today we failed to stop, today we failed to stop the sky crashing down in White Phosphorous flames on Palestinian dreams, memories, potential, and on to Palestinian babies not old enough to beseech you to have mercy upon them.
We are here now with them, and for them, to demand a ceasefire. We are here because Palestine reveals the naked hypocrisy of Western Universalism, it reveals our enduring colonial reality, and it offers a glimpse into a future without colonialism….
There is no Rules-Based Order in the Middle East, there is no rules-Based order in the Pacific region, only the anarchy of international military and economic competition and imperialist rivalry, decided by force of arms and gunboat diplomacy.
Gun Boat Diplomacy
The term “gunboat diplomacy” comes from the nineteenth-century period of imperialism, when Western powers – from Europe and the United States – would intimidate other, less powerful entities into granting concessions through a demonstration of Western superior military capabilities, usually represented by their naval assets. A coastal country negotiating with a Western power would notice that a warship or fleet of ships had appeared off its coast. The mere sight of such power almost always had a considerable effect, and it was rarely necessary for such boats to use other measures, such as demonstrations of firepower.
Naked force is the only coin they deal in, fuck any rules.
Nuclear submarines for Australia to threaten China with, is just the latest iteration of gunboat diplomacy in the 21st century.
America sending a nuclear submarine to the coast of Gaza is another example.
Gunboat diplomacy once enforced by steam powered surface ships is now decided by nuclear powered sub-surface ships. The difference is one of degree, not of essence. Imperialism has not changed its nature in 300 years.
But the people of the world are tiring of imperialism, imperialist rivalry, and imperialist wars. The people of the world are heartily sick of competing economic and military empires clashing, striving to divide and re-divide the globe for their own interests and setting the people of the world against each other.
We are being conditioned to accept the indefensible.
Patrick O’Dea is a staunch Unionist and human rights activist