"You’ve got to learn ;that when you push people around, some people push back. As they should. As they must. And as they undoubtedly will. There is justice in such symmetry.”
- Ward Churchill
Please allow me to remind you that we’re coming up on the 23rd anniversary of a somewhat forgotten American intervention into a little place David Lee Roth likes to call Panama.
On Dec. 20, 1989 -- just two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall -- President George H.W. Bush ushered in the post-Cold War era by sending 25,000 U.S. troops into Manuel Noriega’s Panama. Called Operation Just (sic) Cause, the foray would have been deemed a “surprise attack” if any other nation had initiated it.
“That invasion, less than eight months before Iraq invaded Kuwait, was condemned by the UN General Assembly,” explains former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. “No action was taken, although the United States violated all the international laws later violated by Iraq when it invaded Kuwait, plus a number of Western Hemisphere conventions and the Panama Canal Treaties.”
Utilizing a classic spin technique, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Thomas Pickering defended the invasion by claiming that Article 51 of the UN Charter “provides for the use of armed force to defend a country, to defend our interests and our people.”