WTO Threatens US With Sanctions

By Garner Ted Armstrong

When the World Trade Organization (WTO) was being formed, I wrote an article strongly against US membership, and predicted the time would come when foreigners would gang up against the US, using the charter of the WTO to punish America for perceived infractions.

For decades, I have warned that a global economic collapse will occur, plunging the world into a “great depression” unmatched in history; that this will in turn result in the rise of despotism; dictators in nations such as Germany, to “restore order,” and create a military state.

Ominous conditions are now developing which give credence to that warning.

Here is another example of how that scenario is shaping up.

The European Union has told the United States it has until this fall to change US tax laws or face a fine of 4 billion dollars!

How wonderful this must be for Jacques Chirac and the French, a major player in the WTO, and a country which has been hurting under the boycotting of French-made goods by millions of Americans who were angered by Chirac’s threat to veto a new UN resolution on the war in Iraq!

European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said, “The commission will review the situation in the autumn.” The threat comes as a result of a protracted dispute over alleged “tax benefits” for such large U.S. companies as Microsoft and Boeing, who do multi-billions of dollars in exports all over the world. Boeing aircraft are to be found in virtually every airline in dozens of countries, and Microsoft products are ubiquitous in the world.

How ironic. On the one hand, the US government has hounded Bill Gates’ Microsoft, as if bent on putting it out of business – attacking the company for being successful in exercising the very essence of capitalism and entrepreneurship – and on the other hand, going to bat on behalf of Microsoft in order to prevent the WTO from imposing sanctions which would hurt the company!

The so-called “Trade Regulation Organization,” (not affiliated with the WTO), along with several other liberal and environmental groups has created a parody of the US government’s deck of playing cards listing the most wanted of Saddam’s regime. They have published their own deck of playing cards with the faces of top government officials on them such as Dick Cheney, and showing President Bush as the “Joker,” in the “hopes of a regime change.”

They advocate nothing short of the overthrow of the US government.

The groups claim that the current Bush administration officials are all “war criminals” and urge that they be brought to trial before the world court as such!

They advocate “international law” whereby our top government leaders and military men, such as General Tommy Franks, would be brought before the World Court in the Hague, on trial as “war criminals.” Among their ludicrous charges, they say, “The TRO, estimating that the U.S. governing regime is no longer consistent with world peace or prosperity, hopes that the playing cards will show the way to regime change, and, eventually, large-scale war crimes proceedings.”

The TRO, totally ignoring the incredible amount of brutality, torture and murder carried out by the Saddam regime, says the war was entirely “unprovoked,” and lists a series of totally false and fantastic charges. Among them, “In the 1991 Gulf War, up to 200,000 civilians and up to 150,000 soldiers were killed by ordinary bombs or their effects on infrastructure. The ensuing sanctions [they ignore the fact that the entire UN voted to place the sanctions in effect] led to the deaths of between 200,000 and a million children under 5, depending on source.”

Thus, they try to leave the impression that the sanctions were imposed solely by the United States. They say nothing about the fact that Saddam and his clique, including his two sons, looted the “oil for peace” program of countless millions of dollars (an exception to the sanctions intended to provide humanitarian relief for the Iraqi people) to build palaces and stockpile hundreds of millions in cash against their eventual escape. Nor did they attribute the malnutrition and starvation of Iraqi children to the fact that the humanitarian relief intended under the oil for food program never reached the people themselves. They do not blame Saddam for the plight of Iraqi children. Instead, they blame the United States.

They also charge, “In addition, poisoning from U.S. depleted uranium (DU) weapons – banned by the Geneva Convention, may have led to hundreds of thousands more Iraqi cancers and deaths; the 80,000 cases of ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ among US veterans may also be due to DU exposure.”

None of this is proved. The words “may have led,” or “may also be due” are thrown out so the groups can avoid charges they deliberately exaggerated or lied, but those with an anti-American bias (and they are in the billions around the world) will readily agree with the outrageous charges leveled by such groups.

They also said, “In the 2003 Iraq war, the U.S. once again used massive amounts of DU in its weapons. Iraqi death counts are unknown or unpublicized.” This is patently ridiculous, of course, for they do not mean deaths of soldiers in tanks which were hit by armor piercing weapons, but alleged fallout from depleted uranium. But U.S. troops have worked with and around the ammunition; sat next to it in their tanks and APC’s; handled it as it was loaded aboard aircraft, as well as handling many of the targets destroyed by such weapons. There are no reports whatsoever that depleted (emphasis on depleted) uranium weapons pose a threat to civilian populations.

Another fantastic charge was added by the group – equally as untrue as the others. They said, “Because of U.S. policy giving carte blanche to looters – only the Oil Ministry and the Interior Ministry were protected – the Middle East’s leading archaeological museum lost almost all its unique ancient artifacts, and two libraries full of irreplaceable medieval manuscripts were destroyed [emphasis mine].” There was never such a policy. Far from “giving carte blanche,” US forces did not know of the looting until it was virtually over. Furthermore, it was discovered that museum officials themselves had removed large amounts of the most important artifacts.

US soldiers found many museum glass cases unbroken; their locks had been unlocked, not smashed.

Not in the least shy about stating patent untruths, the anti-American group then praised the WTO, saying, “The U.S. is now considered the primary world criminal by the vast majority of the world’s citizens.”

Unfortunately, this latter charge is true. It is because such groups as quoted above, along with thousands of socialist, leftist organizations (who have infiltrated a major American political party), that the entirety of Islam, most of Europe, and the vast majority of the black and brown races hate America, and would love to see its downfall.

Your Bible says the time is coming when our “lovers” we have bought will turn on us. There will be dancing in the streets of dozens of world capitals when the word is flashed that “America has fallen!” Listen! “All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it” (Lamentations 2:16).

In several earlier commentaries, I have shown the futility of going hat in hand to the so-called “United Nations” for approval. Though the Bush administration proved it was able to stand up to the UN by going it alone, along with a “coalition of the willing,” it now appears they are once again trying to mend fences, kiss and make up with nations such as France, Germany and Russia, along with dozens of others, who openly deride the US, and resist it at every turn.

How delighted Jacques Chirac must be, in the face of a concerted effort by many Americans to boycott French companies and goods, to be at the helm of a group bent upon imposing sanctions against the US for alleged tax violations!

Just what IS the “WTO?” What are its goals? Who are its members? Why was it founded?

There are a number of organizations whose tasks are to monitor the WTO, report on its meetings, hold “teach-ins” and debates among those both pro and con. One such organization is available at the WTOwatch website. Here is a synopsis: “The World Trade Organization (WTO) is among the most powerful, and one of the most secretive international bodies on earth. It is rapidly assuming the role of global government, as 134 nation-states, including the U.S., have ceded to it vast authority and powers.

“The WTO represents the rules-based regime of the policy of economic globalization. The central operating principal of the WTO is that commercial interests should supersede all others. Any obstacles in the path of operations and expansion of global business enterprise must be subordinated. In practice these "obstacles" are usually policies or democratic processes that act on behalf of working people, labor rights, environmental protection, human rights, consumer rights, social justice, local culture, and national sovereignty.

“The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) focused its efforts throughout most of 1999 on the WTO and its relation to the larger issue of economic globalization. We published four new reports, held a debate between leading critics and proponents of the WTO, and held a Teach-In a few days prior to the WTO Ministerial meeting. Archived webcasts of the Teach-In can be viewed on the WTOWatch website.”

Once again, membership in the WTO by the United States is another attempt to participate in GLOBALISM; in the gradual creation of a one-world body wherein all states would surrender their national sovereignty; their culture, language, religion and social structure to the global super state.

But who would rule? Who would set policies? What country, or group of countries would set policies and establish courts for punitive measures for non-compliance?

Such attempts at globalization are nothing short of a Satanic counterfeit of the coming Kingdom of God under Jesus Christ! Hitler, a megalomaniac, thought of himself as a pseudo-Christ; boasted he would set up a “thousand year Reich.” He envisioned a United Europe, with the Germans as a “super race” holding in subjection such “inferior” races as Poles, Serbs and Slavs, who would become the working classes to feed their superior German conquerors.

The United States of America was established by its founding fathers who believed in the God-inspired concepts of liberty, freedom, and personal responsibility. Our nation was born as a result of revolt against tyranny, not submission to it, no matter which form it takes.

Believe it or not, our Constitution and Bill of Rights COULD NOT BE WRITTEN AND PASSED INTO LAW today! Present-day liberals just would not allow it!

And because this is true, God says, “Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.

“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” The broken cisterns are the UN, the WTO, and even our own judiciary, which has upheld laws which allow the destruction of the family, rampant murder of the unborn, and give government sanction to sodomites!

For this, God Almighty in His High Heaven will PUNISH our country in a coming GREAT TRIBULATION, which, if He did not intervene, would annihilate all life from this planet! Christ said, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21,22).

Are you one of the elect? To find out, play the sermon tape labeled “The Elect and the Very Elect [Real Audio]” published on our web site, or call (903 561-7070) and ask for a free copy of the tape.

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