Recent events in the United States demonstrated to the world the serious political disagreements existing between President Barack Obama and the US Congress. It seems that the owner of the White House is rapidly losing credibility.
The obvious proof of this is the fact that on September 28, 2016 the US Congress by an overwhelming majority, despite the veto of President Barack Obama, voted for the law “On Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism” which the US media have already dubbed as “Law of September 11” or “Law 9/11.” It is noteworthy that this normative legal act was adopted almost unanimously by the two houses of Congress – both Republicans and supporters of the current American leaders – Democrats. The law itself does not refer explicitly to the attacks of September 11, 2001, but the main reason for its adoption was precisely those events. Now, according to this law, families of the deceased or injured in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, will be able to sue the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which the Americans accused of financing those events. Although the clear evidence of this fact has not been formally submitted yet.
I believe that it is absolutely unacceptable if the US lower courts will assess the actions of other governments, and especially use towards them any sanctions. Such decisions should be taken at least by international courts. From a legal point of view, the “Law of 9/11” violates the basic principles of international law on the jurisdiction of sovereign states. I think that the new legislation can be used as a tool of American foreign policy to blackmail foreign countries. However, most interesting thing is that this law can play a cruel joke with the very Americans. After all, foreign countries may take similar measures with respect to Washington. And it seems that the response will not have to be in for long time – the people of Iraq have already announced that they will sue the United States for military aggression of 2003 as a result of which hundreds of civilians were killed and thousands were maimed and deprived of their property. Probably Afghanistan and Syria, citizens of which are still experiencing the bloody policy of imposing of ‘American democracy’, will join Iraq.
Commenting on the decision of the Congress, Obama admitted that he did not expect such an outcome, and called the “Law of 9/11” a “dangerous precedent.” In addition, the US leader claimed that after its adoption, the United States “suddenly found themselves exposed to responsibility for everything they do around the world.” It turns out that earlier they were not responsible for all of the dozens of wars, hundreds of destroyed or razed towns to the grounds around the world, hundreds of thousands of dead civilians and refugees. But it seems that it is time to pay now for their desire for world domination.
In addition to counter-claims, the law “9/11” will also disturb the US relationship with Saudi Arabia, which is a major political, economic and military partner of Washington in the Middle East. In the Saudi capital Riyadh has officially expressed dissatisfaction related to the adoption of the law “9/11” and declared their readiness to sell assets, which are at their property, of a total value of US $ 750 billion.
I think, without realizing it fully, the US Congress gave the world a legal instrument that allows prosecuting the US officials and military personnel for military aggression. And I hope that the citizens of the countries affected by the war crimes of the White House will not fail to take advantage of it.
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy