Author: Apoorv Agarwal
The inactive status of UN Trusteeship Council since 1994 shows us that colonialism has officially ended around the world but this end to colonialism has since brought to stage an even worse kind of practise, Imperialism. For many, the difference may not be much but there is nonetheless. To quote George Orwell, we have now moved to another form of “Everybody is equal but some are more equal than others”, when the United Nations Charter clearly states that every member nation is to be treated as an equal.
These imperialistic nations have never been an empire themselves but they want to be one today, an empire not in a traditional sense, but a modern empire with its slaves and proxies present in different parts of the world.
Since the end of the Cold War, the global hegemon, United States feels that the responsibility of correcting whatever wrong is happening in the world, falls onto its own shoulders. The United States, or the Big Brother as I would like to call the country in this article from now on, has shown us time and again that no force exists in the world that can right the wrongs, other than the might of big brother.
Noteworthy is the fact that the wrongs are according to what our Big Brother perceives and at times takes the opinion of its “friends”. So, at most of the times, the actual world argument is not reflected but since it is the big brother of the underprivileged we are talking about, he has the power to decide for the whole family. True, isn’t it?
The rise of the Big Brother is an interesting tale in itself. People emigrated from Europe and now make the population that call themselves American while the indigenous population was killed and maimed and driven away from their lands to accommodate their new “brothers”. The indigenous population is still not at par with the general population in the country  while the big brother is on a mission to produce democratic countries elsewhere that are based on equality, by means of regime change when necessary.
The State Department website states that Democracy and Human Rights have long been the central elements of the US foreign policy. It further adds that the US seeks to Promote democracy as a means to achieve security, stability and prosperity of the entire world along with promoting democracy advocates around the world to establish vibrant democracies in their own country and identify and denounce regimes that deny their citizens right to choose their leaders in elections that are free, fair and transparent. 
If this were to be true, then why don’t we still see a democratic Western Asia? Why do we still see monarchies there? In the meantime, there are sanctions imposed by the Big Brother against the countries that are democratic, where people actually select for themselves their representatives. And why is there still a US Navy base in an undemocratic country, especially when the people of that particular country are protesting to bring about a change, a government that is democratic in nature and for which the response of the government has been a heavy handed oppression conducted by the police that has resulted in many dead? Why were weapons supplied to these countries when there is a possibility that these can be used by the governments against their own people?
The answers to some of these questions will never be found officially but the unofficial answer according to me, which best describes the situation is, these countries serve the US interests in the region and provide it with black gold.
Also, considering the importance of people’s will in a democracy, why is Palestine still not a nation? The Palestinians want a nation for themselves; they feel that they have been robbed and rightly so. Why does Israel still keep on building new settlements when it is known that these settlements have a negative impact on the peace process? Why is the big brother unable to rein in its closest ally in the region?
The people are suffering. They have been suffering for the past 60 years but the big brother or the world police is doing nothing. Gaza Strip is effectively a prison system with over 1.4 million people as inmates. Some are up for parole occasionally but then only a few get to leave Gaza. Thanks to the regime change in Egypt, the Gaza population is being offered some help by the new government in Egypt, which is sympathetic to their suffering.
The naval blockade of Gaza strip is illegal  as Israel effectively occupies Gaza by controlling the border crossing along with the restrictions on the air space. About 90% of the population of Gaza lives below official poverty line . Israel, during the 2006 attacks on Gaza following the election of Hamas, destroyed the only Power Station in the area that provided electricity to 43% of the population. IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) made sure that all 6 transformers were destroyed by them. Where was the big brother then with his advocacy for human rights and humanity in general?
The United States had the right to bomb along with NATO, Yugoslavia in 1999 citing humanitarian reasons. Where were these reasons during the war crimes committed by the Israeli forces against the people of Gaza?
I personally feel that the best way to bring people involved in war crimes to justice is through the concept of Universal Jurisdiction. There might be cons like abuse of the system but it is needed to provide justice to the victims.
The United States is known for its support of Human Rights but it tends to overlook these rights when an ally is involved. Any resolution against their ally Israel in the UN Security Council is vetoed by the Big Brother.
I guess its right to support a country as long as it’s an ally. After all, Jewish votes and money do help in determining who the next President of United States is going to be.
The power of the Big Brother is finally waning. In order to maintain its position as a global hegemon, it needs more allies. The financial debt is gigantic. The politicians are still debating a way to tackle it and yet, he will continue to influence other countries. They will have to do what he says or else he will take actions against them. Good going Big Brother, good going. US leaders have said that you are either with us or against us. So, basically if a country doesn’t support you on a certain issue, it’s an enemy country with a hostile government.
This is best reflected by the case of Iran. A sovereign nation that can chose to adopt the policies it wants to and yet the big brother is there, trying to disrupt the lives of the general populace in the country. It’s like a collective punishment for what the regime is doing. The issue of collective punishment is highlighted in many reports by the UN Special Rapporteur on condition of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It is to be noted that it was the big brother who started the Iranian nuclear program in the 1950’s. It was alright then because of the fact that Iran was under a Puppet regime, the rule of Shah of Iran who was forced to abdicate his throne after a public uprising in 1979.
There are also times when our big brother had, through his power, made a person the President of the country and when the President stopped taking orders from him, the very same people who gave him the power to rule, arrested him. If the case is not clear, then let me put it for you. I am talking the former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, who was finally arrested after the invasion of Panama by US forces in 1989.
For their talk about human rights, the people of Puerto Rico, a part of the US but with significant Hispanic population, do not get a right to elect their President and this is happening in a country that prides itself as the world’s continuous oldest democracy. Such irony! Even the case of Guantanamo Bay puts across this hypocrisy. The prisoners held there have no rights. Many of them are not even the citizens of US but for human rights, they are the citizens of the world and as such they should have their rights. If they are not the citizens of US, then how does the big brother have their custody?
It is clear that the current path taken by the United States is a form of Imperialism. For how long this status quo can be maintained remains to be seen especially given the fact that its power is waning. The 21st Century is being labelled as the Asian Century with the rise of China and India and possibly Japan. Will they engage in the same system is a very debatable question, the answer for which cannot be presented right now. But it is certain that for the world to move to a system where every country is considered equal in practical rather than in theory, we need to do away from the concept of Imperialism.
For Further Information
 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: State of the World’s Indigenous People
 United States Department of State on its website.
 Reuters article on the legality of naval blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel quoting United Nations Human Rights Experts http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/13/us-un-gaza-rights-idUSTRE78C59R20110913
 Report of the Special Rapporteur, John Dugard on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
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