Back to our cover

Subject: Bustani é afastado da Opaq


Posted by Shame of US (more than ever)
On Monday, April 22, 2002 at 11:55:08

Message:
Bustani é afastado da Opaq



Haia, Holanda - O chefe da Organização para Proibição de Armas Químicas (Opaq), o diplomata brasileiro José Maurício Bustani, foi afastado da direção da entidade a pedido do governo dos Estados Unidos.

Em uma reunião secreta realizada na última sexta-feira, em Haia, representantes da Casa Branca convocaram os mais de 25 norte-americanos que trabalham na Opaq para explicar o que estava ocorrendo e orientar o comportamento desses funcionários.

Um dos participantes da reunião contou ao Estado os planos da Casa Branca, mas preferiu não se identificar. Segundo ele, as autoridades norte-americanas ameaçaram aqueles que denunciem as intenções de Washington, que claramente desrespeitam as regras multilaterais do direito internacional.



RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Sick of America
On Monday, April 22, 2002 at 13:12:45

Message:
Here's how the American press, well one of them cnn.com, handled this story. It was buried in the "Americas" section. It is funny how the American press is accused of a Left Wing bias, this story is so objective it's sickening. Not one iota of analysis or deeper investigation. Clearly, the American press is in cohoots with the government.

This is a pretty good example as to why Americans are clueless about the rest of the world and, even worse, what their own government does. It's an interesting story, the US is throwing it's weight around in a purely political sense for it's own ends. Yet, it doesn't make the front page at cnn.com. It gets buried in the international section which most Americans never read anyway. The rescue of a dog at sea is considered front page news over this to cnn.com.

And some of my fellow Americans wonder why people around the world resent the US so much? Many go overboard, I agree, especially in this forum. The US causes many problems, but not all problems, not even most problems, they should realize that. However, their point should be well taken, America's government has lost it's collective head. The audacity of this action proves this, yet, it has become standard procedure since WWII. All in the name of security. Just wait, it will get even worse in light of September 11, 2001, with this story being just a small example of what is to come.


THE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- The head of the world chemical weapons regulatory body has been dismissed.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted 48-7 in favour of the U.S. proposal dismissing director general Jose Bustani. A further 43 nations abstained.

In a letter to OPCW members before the vote Bustani blamed "one member state" for plotting his dismissal.

As he left the conference hall he told AP Television News: "I am out of a job."

The U.S. State Department has accused Brazilian Bustani of threatening inspections in five unspecified countries "for political ends."

It also said Bustani had a "habit of refusing to consult" with member states, such as when he proposed anti-terrorism measures after the Sept. 11 attacks without first approaching the United States.

But Bustani argued in his submission to the OPCW that he was being attacked for what he considered was his policy of treating all members equally.

He wrote: "I have never subscribed to the theory that "equality" is proportional to the size of any one state's budgetary contribution."

The letter added: "Ironically enough, because I have stood in the way of decisions that would have established a double standard in the Organisation, I am now accused of being biased.

"What is bias for some, is in reality my commitment to "equal treatment for all". I insist that the scope of access for our inspectors should be the same in all countries."

In a plea for his job Bustani's letter ended: "I do not need a hero's departure. But if I do go something that is now in the hands of all of you – it will be with honour."

OPCW spokesman Peter Kaiser said: "He heard the decision and left the room."

The agency's deputy director general, Dr. Jon Gee, will act as interim director general with immediate effect.

Delegates will begin discussing on Tuesday how to proceed. Kaiser admitted they were unsure whether Bustani could appeal against the decision.
RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Randy
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 12:28:57

Message:
Funny how you guys are so quick to point at the American govt and say they are doing something wrong. Do you pretend to know all the facts behind why the US govt took this action? Keep trying to clean up your own govt before pointing fingers at other country's govts. The US funds 22% of $60 million and you don't think they should have a say in how the organization is run. If you were paying millions for a service and you believed it to be run ineffiecently, you would not do something about it? Phew! "Sick of America"...what if this move makes the organization more effecient? Will you still be mad just because it was a Brazilian official that was sacked? Do you know all the facts or just what you read in the paper?
RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Sick
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 15:03:07

Message:
The US is the current largest stockpiler of chemical and biological weapons on the planet. So, yes it is very much in the US interest to control the OPCW.

>>The U.S. State Department has accused Brazilian Bustani of threatening inspections in five unspecified countries "for political ends."

Funny that. Is it possible one of those countries could have been the US? I am sure the State Department and the Administration would see something like that, or even the threat of it, as "ineffecient". And I hope that you are not suggesting that because the US pays more to fund the UN and it's offshoots that it should have a disproportionate say in how it is run and what they do. Thinking that would just prove Lucas' and Daniel's points as to why America is resented on a global scale. Like when the UN Generally Assembly votes against American interests, the US simply ignores the vote. But then again, we pay more right?

This is just one example of American corruption in the UN and in just about anything else done by America in the foreign policy realm. This was the example presented, it had nothing to do with Bustani being a Brazilian from my point of view, since I am not Brazilian, but American.

As I said above, I do not see evil in everything that America does, as do Lucas and Daniel and people of their ilk. I know America acts in it's own interests and should, theoretically speaking, as should any country. It is the definition of "interests" that is the problem here. Randy, in a post in another thread you stated you think Henry Kissinger should be in jail. I would agree. However, the paradigm of foreign policy, which he championed most, currently dominates US foreign policy thought and is deeply ingrained in the State Department. So I reiterate, this is just the beginning and it is going to get worse and even more audacious. All in the name of security.
RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Randy Paul
On Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 19:03:43

Message:
>Randy, in a post in another thread you stated you think Henry Kissinger should be in jail. I would agree. However, the paradigm of foreign policy, which he championed most, currently dominates US foreign policy thought and is deeply ingrained in the State Department

That's a different Randy. I always put my first and last name as well as an e-mail address.
RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Suely
On Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 07:33:51

Message:
A Rússia foi a favor primeiramente e depois o México, fiquei sem entender!

Abraços
RE: Bustani é afastado da Opaq
Posted by Suely
On Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 07:34:08

Message:
A Rússia foi a favor primeiramente e depois o México, fiquei sem entender!

Abraços

Name:
Email:
Notify me when I get a reply to my message:Yes  No
Subject:
Message:

Back to our cover