Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Keith Preston: US has killed over 20 million people since World War ll

Press TV  interview. Listen here.

The United States has been the biggest violator of human rights since World War ll, directly leading to the death of over 20 million people in the past 70 years, says an American political analyst in Virginia.

A study conducted several years ago by American historian James Lucas reveals that US military forces were directly responsible for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts in 37 nations, said Keith Preston, chief editor of

In terms of domestic policy, the US government has promoted or at least ignored widespread human rights abuses in the country, including regarding the issues poverty, crime, racism and gun violence, Preston told Press TV on Wednesday.

Former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that America has lost its position as the so-called global leader for human rights under President Donald Trump.

“We should be the champion of human rights. We’re a superpower, not based solely on military power; part of that definition should be a commitment to human rights,” Carter said at an event at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We have lost the long-term commitment to human rights,” he said. “We should be a superpower because we espouse things that are important to everyone on earth and I think human rights are one of them.”

Carter, 93, served as the 39th US president from 1977 to 1981.

Preston said, however, that the US has never been a leader of human rights in the first place, highlighted by its extensive crimes and abuses at home and around the world.

“The idea that the United States is a champion of human rights or has the impact of spreading peace and things like that is simply foolish,” Preston said.

“The United States is simply a modern world empire, just like the British empire before it,” he said.

Carter’s comments come as Trump and his administration continue to face widespread criticism for separating thousands of undocumented families illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.

In February, human rights advocacy organization Amnesty International accused Trump of violating human rights by adopting “hateful” politics.

“President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad,” the UK-based group said in its annual report titled The State of the World’s Human Rights.

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  1. I was actually misquoted in this headline. The United States is only the second worst violator of human rights (body count wise) in the post-WW2 era. Maoist China was actually the worst in terms of sheer numbers of death, and the Khmer Rouge was the worst in terms of killings relative to population size.

    The study by James Lucas can be found here:

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