US actions have stirred strong feelings

FORMER US Marine Corps officer Bill Hurley regards opponents of torture as ‘America-haters’ (Irish Examiner letters, June 13).

Has he ever wondered why his country has aroused such hatred?

1. Which is the only country to have dropped bombs on over 20 different countries since 1945?

2. Which is the only country to have used nuclear weapons?

3. Which country was responsible for a car bomb that killed 80 civilians in Beirut in 1985, in a botched assassination attempt, thereby making it the most lethal terrorist bombing in modern Middle East history?

4. Which country’s illegal bombing of Libya in 1986 was described by the UN Legal Committee as a “classic case” of terrorism?

5. Which country rejected the order of the International Court of Justice to terminate its “unlawful use of force” against Nicaragua in 1986, and then vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on all states to observe international law?

6. Which country was accused by a UN-sponsored truth commission of providing direct and indirect support for “acts of genocide” against the Mayan Indians in Guatemala during the 1980s?

7. Which country unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in December 2001?

8. Which country renounced the efforts to negotiate a verification process for the Biological Weapons Convention and brought an international conference on the matter to a halt in July 2001?

9. Which country prevented the UN from curbing the gun trade at a small-arms conference in July 2001?

10. Aside from Somalia, which is the only other country to have refused to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

11. Which is the only western country that allows the death penalty to be applied to children?

12. Which is the only G7 country to have refused to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, forbidding landmines?

13. Which is the only G7 country to have voted against the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998?

14. Which was the only other country to join with Israel in opposing a 1987 UN general assembly resolution condemning international terrorism?

15. Which country refuses to honour fully its debts to the UN, yet reserves its right to veto UN resolutions?

Jack Downey

Old Cratloe Road


Co Limerick

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