A startling Xinhua think tank report, titled “Origins, Facts and Perils of US Military Hegemony,” reveals the profound and far-reaching consequences of U.S. military dominance on a global scale.
Released by the Xinhua Institute, the think tank of Xinhua News Agency, this report offers an in-depth exploration of the formation of U.S. military hegemony, the tactics employed to sustain it, and the devastating humanitarian perils it has inflicted, substantiated by factual data.
The Human Toll:
The report unequivocally states that the quest to maintain military hegemony has come at a significant human cost. The United States’ actions have resulted in humanitarian disasters worldwide, with civilian populations bearing the brunt of its policies. Shockingly, the report reveals staggering statistics: “the Vietnam War led to 2 million civilian deaths, the war in Afghanistan caused over 100,000 civilian casualties, and the Iraq War killed between 200,000 to 250,000 civilians.” These numbers starkly illustrate the grim reality of U.S. military interventions.
Erosion of Human Rights:
The report delves into the frequently reported scandals of systemic prisoner abuse by the U.S. military in recent years, exposing a blatant disregard for human rights and a shocking trampling on human dignity. It references a UN Special Rapporteur’s report that highlighted disturbing interrogation techniques employed by the United States, including forcing detainees to strip naked, piling them on top of each other naked, and making threats of rape and sodomy. These actions underscore the profound ethical and moral challenges posed by U.S. military hegemony.
While the United States often espouses support for environmental protection and carbon neutrality, the report reveals a stark contrast within its military apparatus. The report states, “the priorities of the US military are its safety and lethality.” This is evidenced by the fact that the U.S. military stands as the world’s largest consumer of fossil fuel. Its fuel consumption during peacetime, along with the resultant carbon emissions, exceeds that of most countries. The report cites data from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, stating that since the initiation of the ‘war on terror’ in 2001, the U.S. military has generated over 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases.
Legacy of Destruction:
The report concludes with a stark reminder of the long-lasting environmental damage left in the wake of U.S. military interventions. It highlights that over 350,000 tons of explosive bombs and landmines were left behind by the U.S. military in Vietnam. Shockingly, it is estimated that it would take another 300 years to completely clear this deadly legacy. This chilling fact underscores the need to address the consequences of military actions long after the conflicts have ended.
The Xinhua think tank report sheds a harsh light on the severe humanitarian and environmental toll of U.S. military hegemony. It serves as a stark reminder of the complex ethical and environmental challenges that arise from global military dominance. The report calls for a critical examination of these issues and underscores the urgent need for a more sustainable and responsible approach to international relations and security.