International Lawyers: Strike Against Syria Would Be Illegal

via Consortiumnews, April 11, 2018

In this statement released Wednesday, a group of international law experts warn that a U.S. military strike on Syria would be illegal if not in self-defense or with U.N. Security Council authorization. 

We are practitioners and professors of international law. Under international law, military strikes by the United States of America and its allies against the Syrian Arab Republic, unless conducted in self-defense or with United Nations Security Council approval, are illegal and constitute acts of aggression.
The unlawful killing of any human being without legal justification, under every legal system, is murder. And an act of violence committed by one government against another government, without lawful justification, amounts to the crime of aggression: the supreme international crime which carries with it the evil of every other international crime, as noted by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg in 1946.
The use of military force by a state can be used in self-defense after an armed attack by another state, or, with the approval of the United Nations Security Council. At present, neither instance would apply to a U.S. strike against Syria.
We understand the urge to act to protect innocent civilians. We strongly condemn any and all violence against civilians, whoever the perpetrators. But responding to unlawful violence with more unlawful violence, bypassing existing legal mechanisms, is a road to a lawless world. It is a road that leads to Hell.
Accordingly, we urge the United States and its allies to refrain from illegal conduct against Syria. We must point out that for the last several years, as is now common knowledge, the United States has armed rebels/insurgents to overthrow the current government of Syria. This is illegal under international law.
In 1986, in The Nicaragua Case, the International Court of Justice reprimanded the United States for arming and supporting contra militias and combatants, and for mining Nicaragua’s harbors, as acts which violated the U.N. Charter and international law. Perhaps the Syrian crisis would look differently today if the United States and its allies had consistently respected law for the last several years. They have not.
We take pains to note what should be obvious: our demand that the United States and its allies immediately comport themselves with their international legal obligations is not a justification, excuse, or some type of free pass on the investigation and accountability for international legal violations committed by other actors who may be involved in this sad affair. But our point is a simple one: the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis is through commitment to well-settled principles of international legal norms.
We urge the United States to abide by its commitment to the rule of international law and to seek to resolve its disputes through peaceful means. These means include recourse to the use of established and legitimate institutions designed to maintain international peace and security, such as the U.N. Security Council or the International Court of Justice. Unilateral action is a sign of weakness; recourse to the law is a sign of strength. The United States must walk back from becoming the very monster it now seeks to destroy.
Inder Comar, Executive Director, Just Atonement Inc.
Dr. Ryan Alford, Associate Professor, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University
Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Jeanne Mirer, President, International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Dr. Curtis F.J. Doebbler, Research Professor of Law, University of Makeni, UN Representative of International-Lawyers.org
Abdeen Jabara, Civil Rights Attorney and Co-Founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Ramsey Clark, 66th Attorney-General of the United States


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juliaketelhut
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Where can I go to learn more about international law? That is seriously interesting. Is there anything you can do to bring that to the public’s attention?

Old pepper
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Old pepper

After last night’s concert in Syria, all of his actors lost face. A red clown, an old nag, a Rothschild faggot-because the attack turned out to be a fake. An aging macho, who promised in response the terrible retribution again just wiped after spitting in his face.

Old Pepper
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Old Pepper

The source, who reported a chemical attack in the Duma, was “Syrian American medical society” (SAMS) — an organization established in Illinois, USA. SAMS is funded by the American Foundation USAID and cooperating with the”white helmets”.
By the way, my previous post about the contractual nature of what is happening now in Syria is confirmed by hugs and kisses Nikki Haley (US permanent representative to the UN) and Nebenzi (Russian permanent representative to the UN) before the meeting of the Security Council (remember how they poured dirt on each other).

Old Pepper
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Old Pepper

I must apologize to everyone that I believed in the seriousness of the situation in Syria. Although I indeed pepper, but the old one. That’s why I’m out. After my today’s post I was contacted by friends from the military and they something explained. There were so many loud statements on both sides that nothing to do after that meant losing face and one side and the other. “World leaders”(damn them) played the game “who has the dick longer”, threatening each other. Ones threatened to launch missiles, others – shoot them down. The last few days there were talks at… Read more »

Mark Gobell;
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Mark Gobell;

Syria : 14 April 2018 US UK France launch cruise missile & air attack on Homs & Damascus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43762251 It is reported that earlier this morning, the US, UK & France launched another cruise missile & air attack on the nation of Syria. Friday 13th evening, Washington time. This latest military attack was in response to the alleged chemical weapon event in Douma and follows a week of propaganda build up since the White Helmets social media video production on 7 April, showing a few folk being hosed down with water. Parliament is on Easter recess and returns this coming… Read more »

Mark Gobell;
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Mark Gobell;

It was also obvious that possibly Friday but certainly Saturday would provide classic opportunities to act, in relation to Syria. Here’s a couple of Syria reasons why Syria on 13 / 14 April :
The US State Dept added Syria to it’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on 29 December 1979
https://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm
Inclusive to Friday 13th April 2018 and normal to Saturday 14th April, last night’s / today’s attack on Syria followed that decision by 666 + 666 + 666 weeks.
https://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?d1=7&m1=5&y1=2007&d2=14&m2=4&y2=2018&ti=on
MG

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

The USA’s list of ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ is akin to Ted Bundy’s list of serial killers.

Mark Gobell;
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Mark Gobell;

The former Syrian President and the current Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad’s father Hafez al-Assad, was born on 6 October 1930
Inclusive to Saturday 14th April 2018 and normal to Sunday 15th April, today’s attack on Syria followed Hafez al-Assad’s birth by :
= 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 weeks
+ 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 + 666 days
https://www.timeanddate.com/date/dateadded.html?d1=6&m1=10&y1=1930&type=add&ay=&am=&aw=3996&ad=&rec=
https://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?d1=7&m1=5&y1=2007&d2=14&m2=4&y2=2018&ti=on
MG

Old Pepper
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Old Pepper

We didn’t stop them! They spit on common sense and are ready to burn the entire globe in a nuclear fire. Corporation murderers led by a red clown, stinking old Mare and Rothschild’s fag always ready to kill. They do not care that there was no chemical attack in the Duma, that experts of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons went to the Duma. They’re not human; we’re all insects to them. Therefore, WE can ONLY SURVIVE IF we REMOVE FROM POWER THIS SHIT.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Perhaps if you wish to accuse Micron of being gay, some expression other than ‘fag’ or ‘faggot’ might better redound to this site’s good repute.

vexarb
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I’m chucking this in here because it’s so good. For instance, did you know that the Headquarters of US AfricanCommand is in Stuttgart Germany? I submit this long but highly informative clip as evidence that, when it comes to illegal international activities in the MENA, our side has form and then some. Henders BTL the Indie 3 hours ago RE: Gaddafi On October 20th, 2011, Gaddafi was murdered, joining a long list of African revolutionaries martyred by the West for daring to dream of continental independence. We now know it was a foreign agent, likely French, who delivered the fatal… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

At the time of the Western destruction of Libya, as the ‘No Fly Zone’ became, instantly, carpet-bombing of the country to pave the way for the jihadists to power, the African Union protested vociferously against the attack. They were ignored with CONTEMPT, and the story barely made the Western fakestream sewer. But Bernard-Henry Levy and the Zionists were ecstatic, and that’s all that matters, isn’t it.

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Sierra Leone was on the brink of signing a gas deal with China for its newly discovered off shore basin when it ‘unfortunately’ had an outbreak of Ebola. Fortunately, lots of US troops were able to go over there and help out. Don’t know whether the deal ever went through. Probably not. No-one wamts their ‘windows kicked in’.

BigB
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Did anyone else see Joe Johnson’s communication breakdown and Ground Control moment on BBC QT?
Ground control to Major Tom
Your circuits dead, there’s something wrong.
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can yo hear me, Major Tom?

By my reckoning, there were at least two plants in the audience to raise the Russia blame and anti-semitism talking points. And every word Johnson the younger (an obvious charisma bypass survivor) said was coached and scripted verbatim: until he lost contact with “Ground Control”! We live in a post-reality, poorly scripted, authoritarian, CBeebies sock-puppet sideshow!

Mikalina
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Mikalina

BB Is there any way that clip can be uploaded onto this site? Everyone needs to see it. I saw it on UKColumn news as I don’t have a television. It was surreal. The light will always shine in the darkness.

JudyJ
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I do wish I’d seen that – I don’t have ‘catch- up’ or any of that stuff so I’ll have to try and find it on the internet. I did turn over in the vain hope of seeing someone defending Russia or Syria and caught Jonathan Freedland saying that military action was called for but, self-righteously, qualifying this with the suggestion that it should be restricted to attacking strategic targets such as airfields. He obviously thinks that such airfields lie empty of personnel at the weekend or overnight, or if there are staff there then – so what – they’d… Read more »

JudyJ
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p.s. I was watching ‘Starsky and Hutch’ on Forces TV when QT started – far more worthwhile, and a good reminder of more liberal and innocent times.

vexarb
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In contrast to dismissive US / UK attitude to International Law:
Jeffrey D. Kahn, assistant professor of law, Southern Methodist University at a 17 April 2008 Kennan Institute seminar. There are plenty of good laws on the books in Russia, according to Kahn, and Putin deserves credit for implementing important reforms and adhering to international legal obligations.
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/vladimir-putin-and-the-rule-law-russia

vexarb
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Brilliant article in today’s Saker Vineyard on What Price..?. A clip re Legality and Diplomacy: “US Department of State does not deal with diplomacy simply because the US leaders don’t believe in diplomacy as a concept. All the DoS does is issue threats, sanctions, ultimatums, make demands, deliver score-cards (on human rights and the like, of all things!) and explain to the public why the USA is almost constantly at war with somebody. That is not “diplomacy” and the likes of Nikki Haley are not diplomats. In fact, the USA has no use for International Law either, hence the self-same… Read more »

vexarb
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BTL that Saker article, a small voice: smallstepforman on April 13, 2018  ·  at 2:22 am UTC “In the fast moving world of today, by the time the above article was written and posted, the US Government blinked, and is backing away from confrontation with a nuclear power. The fear we all had before going to bed on Wednesday night was replaced with relief in on Thursday morning when we awoke to news that the NeoCons backed down. Life has been given a 2nd chance on this little blue planet … ” [vexarb adds: FUKZUSA blinked because of Putin’s effective… Read more »

Harry Law
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Harry Law

Dianne Abbott Shadow Home Secretary was asked, which country posed the biggest threat to world peace: Russia or the US. After trying to avoid the question she eventually said: “It is clear that at this point Russia, its role in Syria, what we believe beyond reasonable doubt its role in the poison gas attack in Salisbury, is a greater threat to world peace than the United States.” [Guardian] Then Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor said “If a leader is killing their own they need to be removed. We don’t keep them there. They need to go. He needs to… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

UK Labour is full of Blairite thugs, and cowards. Of course Abbott has been given the full on hate treatment before, so might be wary, but to assert that the US is less of a threat than Russia, when the unprecedented record of genocide, aggression and destruction of the USA, orders of magnitude greater than any other force for Evil in history is an open book, is simply despicable. The central lie that will get humanity destroyed is that the USA and its ‘liberal capitalist values’, represent a force for good in the world, when the exact opposite is the… Read more »

BigB
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You can add Ben Bradshaw on BBC QT. Jeremy and the party line is still that Russia is to blame: either directly or indirectly for “losing control” over the “military grade Novichok”. It will be interesting to see how that pans out, as Russia will soon release its own report on the classified section of the OPCW report: “On Salisbury [Ambassador] Yakovenko disputes the UK claim that the OPCW backed the UK’s analysis of the poisoning. The OPCW never confirmed where the nerve agent involved was manufactured. “The report is saying nothing about that,” he said. “All the statements made… Read more »

TheSociologicalMail
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It being illegal is not enough to stop them!

Harry Law
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Harry Law

I wrote to the Russian Ambassador The Honorable Mr AV Yakoventko Tuesday lunchtime 10-04-18 !st Class recorded delivery. It has not been delivered yet, Royal Mail say it is still in the system. No doubt via MI5 the bastards.

JudyJ
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I emailed the Embassy a couple of years ago (I can’t recall the precise context which triggered my communication) to express my heartfelt sentiments about the vilification of Russia and Putin and to emphasise that there was a significant proportion of the British population supporting the Russian position and that the UK Govt certainly didn’t represent my views. I was just so pissed off, as now, that I felt duty bound to do something. I bet we’re all on some MI5 “one to watch” list but I don’t YET furtively look around before I leave the house or look over… Read more »

Etegere
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Etegere

On behalf of your fellow citizens, I thank you for speaking for the silent majority of us who do not have this mad Russophobia in our hearts, and who see through the government lies. Remember, as we descend into a controlled police state the only thing that gives us any chance is if we stick together. Warn your friends and family, write to your MPs, local newspapers, post online, attend protests, BE LOUD AND VISIBLE! We are in a fight for our lives!
Stay strong!

JudyJ
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Nice and appreciated message, Etegere, thank YOU. I have this week written to my MP and also put a copy and a lengthy more detailed letter explaining my views through the letterboxes of my 5 immediate neighbours. They may just put it in recycling but at least I’ve tried.

BigB
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Is it just me or did OffG publish an article from Tim Hayward’s blog about George Monbiot; and another by Caitlin Johnston about Syria? Where have they gone! All I get is “Page not found”? I get a similar scenario over at 21 Wire, something about not being able to access the database? Are we under attack?

Admin
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It’s republished now – we had technical issues

mog
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mog

I am getting the following when trying to link to Hayward’s articles at 21st Century Wire:
Forbidden
You don’t have permission to access /2017/02/06/fake-news-week-why-channel-4-news-owes-an-apology-to-syria-and-the-world/ on this server.
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Patrick Henningsen was complaining of attack on the site two days ago.

BigB
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Apparently they have been under sustained DNOS attack all week: getting 500K an hour ‘hits’ and overswarmed by bots. They moved host but to no avail. Craig Murray and Assange among others have been targeted. It appears that witnessing the truth is becoming an irritation?

Betrayed planet.
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Betrayed planet.

We are truly in insane times. Everyone should phone their governments and any associated parties in outrage at the current criminal behaviour of and by the West, primarily the madman Trump and the psychopath Theresa in the U.K.
There can be no resolution when the people who head these governments are literally a dictatorship.

Ross Hendry
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Agreed. Or in the U.K. email the woman herself: https://email.number10.gov.uk/

JudyJ
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I think it is ‘highly likely’ that some junior clerk will be giving them a cursory once over and not even counting ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’, and consigning the latter to the metaphorical paper shredder in the corner.

Ross Hendry
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Possibly but it’s worth a shot – along with emailing one’s local MP etc. I don’t want to sound too mystical but I suspect weight of protest gets to these psychopaths on an unconscious level eventually , however much they consciously dismiss it. We’re all wi-fi connected, underneath the theatrical make-up of the ever so brilliant and unique persona 🙂

Betrayed planet.
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Betrayed planet.

You are more than likely correct however as a populace of 66 million people it is our duty to try to influence this craven criminal government if we can. It is not our future that is at stake but that of the younger people who have not yet had a life.

vexarb
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Kipling’s sirens are still calling, Come you back you British Soldier, but methinks this time the voices for Legality re Syria will overrule their old cry:
“Give me somewhere East of Suez
Where the Best is like the Worst
Where there ain’tmno bloomin’ Justice
And a man can raise a thirst”.

John Ward
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This whole farrago of Alt State bullying is illegal from end to end and based on multiply faked events, samples, poisoning and gas attacks? The UK Cabinet today voted for strikes against Syria with zero Parliamentary permission, zero evidence of the gas attack’s circumstances and polls showing only 1 in 5 citizens in favour of the move. The OPCW in turn has a history of being cowed by US pressure (last time from John Bolton) but its report – far from supporting the UK case against Putin versus the Skripal Hoax – places huge doubt on the agent having been… Read more »

JudyJ
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I looked at your linked article – sounds good to me although I’m not a scientist. I like to read reader comments after articles as they can often be illuminating as well. As someone comments various pieces of ‘evidence’ from the incident were completely destroyed with undue haste for ‘safety’ reasons. Reports right at the outset were certainly that the restaurant table was incinerated immediately, purportedly because it was ‘covered in nerve agent residue’. Not only was this crucial evidence for any investigation but I find it impossible to believe that Porton Down would not have the means to contain… Read more »

Wolfe tone
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Sorry, but the poisoning didn’t happen. It’s a hoax as far as I am concerned. Until evidence to the contrary is produced then it should be treated as a hoax…….all evidence suggests so.

JudyJ
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I certainly wouldn’t dispute your suggestion. None of the story makes any sense. All this controversy about novichok – where was it produced etc? how was it deployed? is all a smokescreen as it certainly wasn’t a ‘Novichok’. I personally am trying to be open- minded about all the possible alternative scenarios and scrutinise them for their individual value and plausibility. I have contended elsewhere that it could have been an innocent food poisoning event which the UK Govt naively exploited to smear Russia, but the more we learn points to a premeditated staged incident or a fabricated event. All… Read more »

tomiejones
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Reblogged this on circusbuoy.

Michael McNulty
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Michael McNulty

Telling the US aggressive war is illegal is the same as telling Al Capone booze is prohibited or telling the mob prostitution is immoral earnings.
They know, but they’re gangsters, and unless anybody can stop them they become ever-lawless.

Betrayed planet.
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Betrayed planet.

McNulty, you are correct. Unless we the people stop this through activism and outrage, there will be hell to pay, literally.

vexarb
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@McNulty. The Law caught up with Capone. Got him for undeclared earnings. Just saying.

Ross Hendry
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But will/can the FBI catch up with U.S. government?! They’ll be plenty of evidence of their illegality in their bombed out targets and countless dead. They won’t need to get them on a technicality. 🙂

Ross Hendry
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More seriously it begs the question as to who would prosecute the U.S. The International Court of Justice? If so, a mere reprimand , like they apparently gave the U.S. in 1986 in the Nicaragua case, won’t exactly go down in history as
stern justice.

Eric Blair
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Yeah they are naive twits who think they live in a democracy or something. That memo went round in 2003 or thereabouts.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

As The Breaker observed, the only ‘law’ the USA recognises is ‘Rule 303’.

Eric Blair
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Rule 303…is that the acid house rule?

Ross Hendry
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Even after “perestroika” Russia is seemingly still a convenient target on which to project our unadmitted and unowned qualities. They are the godless hordes from the East intent on all kinds of evil, we are the (ahem) noble knights in white armour in whom no badness resides and who will reluctantly (as always) step in to halt their wickedness. As this farce continues I dislike May in her “kitten heels” more and more. I can’t help feeling that she desperately wants to be liked but is incredibly simple-minded, the archetypal “good daughter” of a vicar, easily persuaded by any argument… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

There is a good deal of psychopathological projection in the Western worldview, too. The greatest genocidists and destroyers of societies and looters, pillagers and exploiters ever, are always accusing others, mostly fraudulently, of the crimes at which they have always excelled.