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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

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
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
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
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 the level of the General staffs of the parties, where Sirian people and equipment must be removed, so that one side could shout about the punishment of “evil Assad, Russians and Iranians” after the shelling of completely empty territories, while others could declare that they shot down missiles, defeating the attackers (in other words, how to get out of the game without losing face).
I will reveal a small secret-the Americans used missiles whose service life has expired and they were subject to disposal (it is much more expensive than shooting on someone else’s territory). But successfully brought down these, in general, modern missiles with completely outdated missile technology, delivered to Assad in Soviet times.
That’s how these assholes made fun of us playing there stupid games. Today’s” world leaders ” are not people with eggs like Kennedy and Khrushchev (they both went through the war and understood the value of their decisions).
Those who rule today, thank God, are capable only of cheap performances.

Mark Gobell;
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 Tuesday 16th. No opportunity for a vote and no time to recall.
The likelihood of something happening this weekend was evident from the increasing intensity of the narrative delivery, particularly on Sky News last night ( Friday ).
Also, since this latest military attack on Syria provided another first class opportunity for a good day to bury bad news, Donald Trump pardoned Scooter Libby yesterday too.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/politics/trump-pardon-scooter-libby.html
MG

Mark Gobell;
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

Mark Gobell;
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

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

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

Old Pepper
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
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

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 bullet. His death was the culmination of three decades of Western aggression.
Yet it was also the opening salvo in a new war – a war for the militarily recolonization of Africa.
The year 2009, two years before Gaddafi’s murder, was a pivotal one for US-African relations. First, because China overtook the US as the continent’s largest trading partner; and second because Gaddafi was elected president of the African Union. The significance of both for the decline of US influence on the continent could not be clearer. While Gaddafi was spearheading attempts to unite Africa politically, committing serious amounts of Libyan oil wealth to make this dream a reality, China was quietly smashing the West’s monopoly over export markets and investment finance. Africa no longer had to go cap-in-hand to the IMF for loans, agreeing to whatever self-defeating terms were on offer, but could turn to China – or indeed Libya – for investment. And if the US threatened to cut them off from their markets, China would happily buy up whatever was on offer. Western economic domination of Africa was under threat as never before.
The response from the West, of course, was a military one.
If African countries would no longer come begging for Western loans, export markets, and investment finance, they would have to be put in a position where they would come begging for Western military aid. To this end, AFRICOM – the US army’s new ‘African command’ – had been launched the previous year, but humiliatingly for George W. Bush, not a single African country would agree to host its HQ; instead, it was forced to open shop in Stuttgart, Germany. Gaddafi had led African opposition to AFRICOM, as exasperated US diplomatic memos later revealed by WikiLeaks made clear. And US pleas to African leaders to embrace AFRICOM in the ‘fight against terrorism’ fell on deaf ears.
NATO’s destruction of Libya simultaneously achieved three strategic goals for the West’s plans for military expansion in Africa. Most obviously, it removed the biggest obstacle and opponent of such expansion, Gaddafi himself. With Gaddafi gone, and with a quiescent pro-NATO puppet government in charge of Libya, there was no longer any chance that Libya would act as a powerful force against Western militarism. Quite the contrary – Libya’s new government was utterly dependent on such militarism and knew it.
Secondly, NATO’s aggression served to bring about a total collapse of the delicate but effective North African security system, which had been underpinned by Libya. And finally, NATO’s annihilation of the Libyan state effectively turned the country over to the region’s death squads and terror groups. These groups were then able to loot Libya’s military arsenals and set up training camps at their leisure, using these to expand operations right across the region.
It is no coincidence that almost all of the recent terror attacks in North Africa – not to mention Manchester – have been either prepared in Libya or perpetrated by fighters trained in Libya. Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, ISIS, Mali’s Ansar Dine, and literally dozens of others, have all greatly benefited from the destruction of Libya.
By ensuring the spread of terror groups across the region, the Western powers had magically created a demand for their military assistance which hitherto did not exist.
They had literally created a protection racket for Africa.
Dan Glazebrook

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Mikalina
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’.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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.

BigB

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!

JudyJ

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 be the enemy so it’s ok if they are killed or injured. Presumably we’re supposed to applaud him for his considered approach… just ignore the minor fact that there is no evidence of any offence warranting any military assault at all. A man in the audience then stood up spouting the ubiquitous “We need to make Assad realise it’s not acceptable so we should attack him” message – cue TV ‘off’ button.

JudyJ

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.

Mikalina
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.

vexarb

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

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 Nikki Haley openly declaring at a UNSC meeting that the USA is willing to ignore the decisions of the UNSC and act in complete violation of the UN Charter. Simply put: thugs have no need for any diplomacy. They don’t understand the concept.
Just like their Israeli masters and mentors, the US Americans have convinced themselves that all they need to be successful on the international scene is to either threaten the use of force or actually use force. Which works great (or so it seems) in Gaza or Grenada, but when dealing with China, Russia or Iran, this monomaniacal approach rapidly shows its limitations, especially when your force is really limited to shooting missiles from afar or murdering civilians …”

vexarb

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 and credible show of force. Not use of force in this grave case, but simply show what Russia has achieved in Syria with minimal forces and in minimal time, compared to NATZO’s chaotic lumbering Behemoth. Also show his track record in International Diplomacy: the man who says what he means and means what he says. Even his enemies cannot but admit that Putin is a stickler for International Law, as well as being a master military strategist. Gives a new meaning to Mao’s aphorism, “Justice comes from the barrel of a gun”]

Harry Law
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 be removed. [Politics home reports]
She has since said she does not want to go to war in Syria.
When two senior Labour Party Politicians can come out with such nonsense, not only disregarding International Law ,but common sense, there is not much hope.

BigB

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 by Boris Johnson and other people are not correct,” he said. “The report never supported the British version,” he said.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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 truth.

TheSociologicalMail

It being illegal is not enough to stop them!

Harry Law
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

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 my shoulder in the supermarket. I suspect that time will come sooner rather than later in this ‘liberal’ society.

Etegere
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

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

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?

mog
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

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?

Admin

It’s republished now – we had technical issues

Betrayed planet.
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

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

JudyJ

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.

Betrayed planet.
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.

Ross Hendry

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 🙂

vexarb

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

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 produced in a factory at all. This piece is potential dynamite:
https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/syria-update-new-revelations/

JudyJ

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 such an item, transport it and store it securely. An acquaintance of mine has a theory that maybe someone met the Skripals in the restaurant (and may or may not have tampered with their food) but was aware that whilst doing so they may have left fingerprints on the table which could connect them to the restaurant – hence the need to destroy a key piece of evidence. Maybe the same with the bench and the door?
And we are yet to get an explanation from our Govt as to how Porton Down identified the supposed agent as ‘Novichok’ within three or four days (I can’t recall the precise time frame) although it was subsequently acknowledged by the OPCW and other experts that an analysis of the substance to identify what it was (not just its purity etc) would take 3-4 weeks; and I presume they would have the advantage of starting their analysis from the premise that it was A234, as the UK had said it was, and just needed to reaffirm that.

Wolfe tone

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

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 I am truly confident about is that we are being lied to big time.

tomiejones

Reblogged this on circusbuoy.

Michael McNulty
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.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

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

Eric Blair

Rule 303…is that the acid house rule?

Eric Blair

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

vexarb

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

Ross Hendry

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

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.

Betrayed planet.
Betrayed planet.

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

Ross Hendry

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 from dodgy advisors that seems to make the U.K. “right”. Especially if it comes to a chemical attacks on children, craftily staged or invented though they may be.
This is a good book with startling images that have been used to demonize “the enemy” over the years. A few years old now but still relevant:
“Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination”. Sam Keen. HarperSanFrancisco, 1992

Mulga Mumblebrain
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.