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Mainstream, VOL XLIX, No 20, May 7, 2011

Clear Case of Racial Arrogance Leading to Genocide

Saturday 14 May 2011, by Rajindar Sachar


Former President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties Rajindar Sachar has issued the following statement.

It would seem that international law is non-existent. That alone can explain the barbaric bombing of civilian targets in Libya. I hold no brief for what many correctly describe Gaddafi as a tyrannical ruler. I have full sympathy for the opposition and admiration for their struggle to get rid of Gaddafi.

But I protest strongly at the unilateral action of the NATO air strikes. The UNO has not sanctioned it. Who are these self-appointed guardians of world security? Who gives them the right to bomb civilian targets and residential quarters? The latest hit has resulted in a residential complex of Gaddafi’s youngest son, Saif al Arab, who even by Western reports was not involved in politics and was known for his partying and praying.

I am of the firm opinion that India should raise this matter at the UNO, if it wishes to prevent the objectionable role of the European nations to act as the purported guardians of the non-European states—a clear case of racial arrogance amounting to genocide. The fact that Gaddafi has engaged in brutal murders cannot justify a sectional group of the nations to arrogate to itself the role of world policeman and inflict counter-genocide on a non-European population.

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