Is Invasion Legal?
If you ask a Canadian or an American Was Hitler’s invasion of Poland legal?,~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 67)
a history buff might respond: Participating in an aggressive [first strike] war, is a capital [death penalty] war crime. That’s why we tried and hanged the Nazi leaders at the end of WWII (World War II) including the bureaucrats who issued orders but did not kill anyone personally. We even went after Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda, but the coward killed himself before we could hang him. They did lots of other terrible stuff, but we nailed them all with the exact same charge, aiding and abetting an aggressive war.
Or they might say: It might not have been legal, but it certainly was wrong.
However, if you ask them: Was it legal for Canada and America to invade Afghanistan?
they will answer: Why not?
You point out: The Afghan invasion too was an aggressive war. We attacked them first, remember? It was illegal for Hitler, but OK for us? Really?
They might respond: They had it coming. They attacked us on 9/11.
You correct them: Not even Bush claimed the Taliban had anything to do with 9/11. He blamed Osama bin Laden, a Saudi and Al Qaeda, not the Taliban. He did not implicate even a single Afghan citizen in any way. You are conflating the Taliban and Al Qaeda just because they are both Muslims. They are not even both Arab.
They respond Of course It’s legal if we do it. We attack others for damn good reasons! We’re not like those damn Muslim ragheads who kill you for no reason at all!
You query: Tell me again. Why did Bush attack Afghanistan?
They reply: Because the Taliban refused to catch bin Laden and hand him over for trial. Americans don’t need no steekin’ extradition hearing or extradition treaty.
You observe: Yeah, but that was a pretty unreasonable demand. It took Bush and Obama 9 years, 6 months and 26 days between them to nail bin Laden after you guys had occupied Afghanistan.
They ask: So who’s gonna prosecute us?
You explain: Granted so long as the USA is the #1 superpower, it will shield American and Canadian citizens from prosecution in the World Court, but how long can you count on that? And granted, if you are just a small fish, no one would bother coming after you, unless of course you were one the guys who went overboard on torture and rape. Whether waging aggressive war is legal has nothing to do with the probability of escaping prosecution for it. That is like claiming bank robbing is legal just because you have the crown prosecutor in your pocket and you will likely never go to jail yourself for robbing banks.
They typically terminate the argument with a cogent ad hominem: Commie traitor! I hope you die of AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) you fucking fag!
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I have been railing for years about how insecure email, passwords and credit cards are. Google has announced it is working on a replacement security mechanism using a tiny fob you can insert into a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. The implications are mind boggling. The US military already has a similar system using CAC smart cards. They permit id, digital signing, encryption/decryption, physical access control (lock opening). They could potentially be used for Internet commerce, replace credit and debit cards, passports, medical id cards, driver licence, personal door locks, ignition in cars, code-signing certificates to ensure no tampering and authorship of software… The system is unusually secure because the fob never reveals the unguessable secret master private key to anyone, not even the owner.
There are two main difficulties with implementation:
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 67)
- Hiding the private key in the fob in a way it cannot be stolen. None of the encrypted USB fobs I have studied, such as my own Kanguru Basic AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encrypted fob, can do that even though it is not rocket science.
- The other difficulty is the problem of issuing IDs. It costs about $200 to research that someone applying for an ID truly is who they claim. Who will pay that much for a fob? Most IDs will be weaker, attesting only to an email address, phone number or domain registration. That is not good enough for Internet commerce. Perhaps credit card companies will issue fobs. However, the key to the ease of use of the system is to have only one fob to deal with.
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