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The image in the top left corner is Rudolf Hess, Nazi war criminal
A prima facie case can be made that the United States is guilty of the supreme crime against humanity, that being an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation.
~ Benjamin Ferencz (1920-03-11 age:98) Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case at the Nazi Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
~ Noam Chomsky (1928-12-07 age:89)
The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start.
~ Walter Cronkite (1916-11-04 2009-07-17 age:92) 2007-12-04, Common Dreams
The invasion and occupation of Iraq is illegal.
~ Kofi Annan (1938-04-08 age:80)Secretary General and Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-11-14 2016-02-16 age:93) former Secretary General of the U.N.
I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing.
~ Richard Perle (1941-09-16 age:76), 2003-11-20, Pentagon hawk, cat-stroking, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond villain pasty lookalike, admitting the Iraq war is illegal.
This [the Iraq war] is just an excuse to get Iraq’s oil.Nearly all Americans in Iraq are international war criminals. They are guilty of one of more of the following four international war crimes.
~ Nelson Mandela (1918-07-18 2013-12-05 age:95)
What if you were a school teacher and you discovered seven of your students were downloading child porn off the Internet and repackaging it into DVD (Digital Video Disc) s and reselling it world wide. You confronted them saying Don’t you know this is a serious crime? They responded, No it isn’t. Everybody’s doing it. Besides, the kids aren’t even American. And besides my old man runs the local Mafia cell. There is no way they would ever dare prosecute us, even if we branch out and make our own kiddie porn. Then you countered Having a strategy to temporarily avoid getting caught is not an argument that something is legal or acceptable behaviour. You are still an outlaw. You would probably feel much the way I feel when I confront soldiers engaging in illegal aggressive first strike wars, such as Afghanistan and Iraq when they say, “Don’t be stupid. It has to be legal. Thousands of people are doing it. They were have told us if it were illegal. They never give us illegal orders. Besides the USA thumbs its nose at the world court. Who’s ever gonna prosecute us? We’re Number One. We’re Number One.”In one sense there is no international law. The International Law Courts in the Hague can only try cases that all parties agree to. If a litigant does not like the result, there no international executive to enforce the court’s decision. International law is much like the old west with vigilante justice. Might makes right.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
However, there is the principle of honour among thieves. The Peace of Westphalia refers to the pair of treaties, the Treaty of Münster and the Treaty of Osnabrück, signed on October 24 and May 15 of 1648 respectively, which ended both the Thirty Years’ War and the Eighty Years’ War. They decided that making aggressive war — attacking your neighour without provocation was no longer to be tolerated.
When the Nazis were tried at Nuremberg they were all hanged on but a simple charge — waging aggressive war. They were not hanged for the holocaust or their many atrocities. This principle still stands. Even the propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was charged. He commited suicide to avoid hanging. Note that he was guilty even though he did not shoot anyone. He merely aided the war.
When the USA joined the United Nations, it signed a treaty agreeing to forego aggressive war. Treaties trump even the constitution. The USA is bound even by its own highest law not to attack other nations.
America put its word and honour on the line when it signed that treaty. When it breaks a treaty, even if no one is sufficiently powerful to retaliate, they despoil their own national reputation. It means America cannot be trusted. It means there is no point is signing agreements with America because she will not keep her word. This is not the only treaty the USA has unilaterally broken. No wonder Canada is reluctant to sign any more trade agreements with the USA. America does not keep her word unless it is convenient.
Most Americans make no bones they attacked Iraq without provocation, perhaps justifying the invasion on the grounds Iraq might have done America harm some years down the road, or that they did it in the name of Jesus or freedom or America, or as Henry Kissinger but it Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. American patriots are so convinced of America’s moral rectitude, they can’t believe their actions are criminal.
Yet the fact is, anyone, even an American, who helps in prosecuting an aggressive war is an international war criminal. In 1946 that was hanging offence, but today merely a life-sentence.
There you have it. Nearly every American in Iraq is there to further the occupation. The invasion is part of an aggressive war. That makes every last one of them an international war criminal, even if they personally killed no one.
It would be logical to chastise them with the same vigour you would scream at any other serial killer. Alternatively, you could shun them. These people are absolute such compared even with child molesters. Even child molesters rarely torture or murder their victims. You certainly don’t grieve when someone stops their killing sprees by shooting them or blowing them to smithereens. These people are international war criminals, living in a powerful rogue state that protects them from prosecution, just as Nazi Germany was able to protect its war criminals for a time. That is how they should be treated.
P.S. The photo at the top in Rudolf Hess, Nazi war criminal, cooling his heels at Spandau Prison in Berlin. It never occurred to him either he would be prosecuted or even that he was a criminal.
You would get yourself in quite a bit of hot water if you vigilante-style captured, tortured and killed such admitted war criminals, but you can legally berate them or shun them. Simply refuse to talk to them, refuse to sell them anything, refuse to buy anything from them, refuse to serve them and refuse to let them serve you in any way, perhaps first explaining why. If enough people started treating war criminals the way they treat any other criminals who have aided and abetted multiple murders, it would begin to dawn on these dolts that they are doing something seriously wrong. Very few people are willing to confront a soldier, even in email because they are brutal, violent, irrational, stupid, proud and easily insulted. But it must be done.
What we’re saying today is that you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.
~ Eldridge Cleaver (1935-08-31 1998-05-01 age:62) U.S. African-American leader
War criminals are more dangerous than most citizens because they hold a childish belief that if they can shut you up through violence or intimidation, that somehow makes what you have said condemning them untrue. Keep in mind they have already killed for no reason other than the joy of killing or because they were ordered to. They have been trained to believe that murder is both a necessary and acceptable means of getting your way. If they manage to intimidate you, they can then feel proud of the murders they either committed directly or aided and abetted. They would never dream of double checking elsewhere. The last thing they want is the truth about their deeds confirmed. They want to cling desperately to their pathetic delusions that what they did was noble and legal.
Soldiers reason like Nazis, that being ordered to commit atrocities magically excuses them, that all their fellows also aided and abetted aggressive war so what they all did must be ok. We are dealing with people mostly of subnormal intelligence. They have been programmed/brainwashed with heavy duty boot camp abuse. They need something even stronger to make them see the truth of their personal evil. Don’t be afraid to treat them with just as much energy as you would had they killed your own kid.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
~ Voltaire (1694-11-21 1778-05-30 age:83) [François Marie d’Arouet Voltaire]
To keep the appetite for war going, the government issues a steady stream of propaganda glorifying soldiers and their deeds, full of BS about sacrifice and glory. This too needs constant questioning to neutralise it.
Some ill-informed people insist these modern soldiers were fighting for my freedom, and I should be grateful for their mayhem. Today’s soldiers bare no resemblance to WWII soldiers. Today’s soldiers chose to go half way round the world to pick a fight so they could hunt humans for sport, not to defend their country. They knew full well the impoverished children, civilians and resistance they maimed, tortured and killed did not and could not harm anyone back home. Even if it were not 100% clear before they enlisted, it certainly was within days after hitting the ground in Iraq. Iraqis have an average monthy wage of only . Just how do they imagine such as attack could be mounted, with reed boats like Thor Heyerdahl? What old-maidish paranoia excusing cowardly cold-blooded slaughter! They are not only serial killers, they are liars, hiding behind the freedom-fighting sacrifices of the heroes of WWII to cover their sadism. My freedom was and is not in the least danger from Afghanistan or Iraq. My freedom, however, is in danger from the abrogations of the constitutions perpetrated by the Canadian, British and American pro-war factions.
Further, the actions of these soldiers has turned the USA from most admired to most despised nation on the planet. Just as Nazi Germany sealed its own fate by attacking other nations unprovoked, so did the USA. The world won’t put up with this sort of bullying indefinitely, any more than it continued to put up with Hitler, after a period appeasement.
Ignorantia juris non excusat. Latin for the legal principal ignorance of the law is no excuse. Thousands of American soldiers falsely imagine they have committed no crime by aiding and abetting either of two illegal aggressive wars because no one in the military formally explained the facts of life to them. Others imagine because the USA is the dominant world power and no one dare, for now, prosecute their war crimes, that American soldiers are hence innocent of capital war crimes.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
I often get email from Americans telling me I should feel compassion for American soldiers. I don’t see why I should. Americans show no compassion for other serial killers on death row. They don’t even have compassion for those who have committed non-capital crimes such as rape, child molesting or theft. American soldiers are nearly all openly guilty of a capital crime, namely aiding an abetting an agressive (first strike) illegal war. Americans refuse to accept that what they did is a capital (hanging) offence. They imagine that American citizenship somehow makes them immune from wrongdoing, as if they were avenging angels. They don’t want to be guilty so they pretend there is no law against aiding and abetting such wars. Even when they see war criminals like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld dodging proscecution, they hang on to their delusions with both feet.
We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks.
~ George W. Bush (1946-07-06 age:71), 2003-09-17, audio.
the enemy attacked us, Jim. [explaining why he invaded Iraq.]
~ George W. Bush (1946-07-06 age:71)
Jim, the president just said something extraordinarily revealing and, frankly, very important in this debate. In answer to your question about Iraq and sending people into Iraq, he just said the enemy attacked us. Saddam Hussein didn’t attack us; Osama bin Laden attacked us. Al Qaeda attacked us.
~ John Kerry (1943-12-11 age:74) Senator, in rebuttal
Of course, I know Osama bin Laden attacked us. I know that. I know that. [That the USA attacked Iraq first]
~ George W. Bush (1946-07-06 age:71), 2004-09-30, admitting his dissembling that Iraq attacked the USA when Kerry challenged him in the first presidential debate.
The United States has no credible evidence that Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria early last year before the U.S.-led war that drove Saddam Hussein from power.
~ Condoleezza Rice (1954-11-14 age:63) National Security Adviser 2004-09-04.
He [Saddam Hussein] has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.
~ General Colin Powell (1937-04-05 age:81) 2001-02-02
As we now know, Iraq had no tie to Osama, no rôle in 2001-09-11, no nuclear program, no weapons of mass destruction, no plans to attack us. Its people did not threaten us and did not want war with us.
~ Pat Buchanan (1938-11-02 age:79) 2004-02-11
The most important difference between north Korea and Iraq was that economically we had no choice in Iraq.
~ Paul Wolfowitz (1943-12-22 age:74) then US Deputy Defense Secretary, 2003-06, when asked why Iraq, which didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, was invaded, while North Korea, which claimed to have a nuclear deterrent, wasn’t.
Many Iraqis can hear me tonight in a translated radio broadcast and I have a message for them. If we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you. As our coalition takes away their power, we will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free. In a free Iraq, there will be no more wars of aggression against your neighbors, no more poison factories, no more executions of dissidents, no more torture chambers and rape rooms. The tyrant will soon be gone. The day of your liberation is near.
~ George W. Bush (1946-07-06 age:71), 2003-03-17, Bush’s betrayal of the Iraqi people. 3 days later Bush attacked the residential parts of Baghdad with his terrorist Shock & Awe attack that was broadcast live on American TV.
We will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who’ve had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 2001-09-11.
~ Dick Cheney (1941-01-30 age:77), 2003-09 in TV interview, dissembling to suggest that Iraq was responsible for 2001-09-11.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
~ Albert Einstein (1879-03-14 1955-04-18 age:76)
All the Nazis hanged at the end of WWII were convicted on the same charge namely aiding and abetting an aggressive war. Aggressive is legal term that means a ware where your side attacks without being attacked first. Thus all the American, British and Canadian soldiers who went to Afghanistan or Iraq are clearly guilty of this war crime. America attacked Afghanistan and Iraq, not the reverse. Even Bush claims 2001-09-11 was done by Saudis, not Iraqis or Afghans.
Compare the Nazis and Americans. The Nazis invaded more countries unprovoked. The Nazis had their extermination camps for Jews, gays and mental patients. On the other hand, Americans routinely tortured all P.O.W.s. Americans killed far more civilians than combatants. American used banned weapons. The Americans ignored nearly every last one of the Geneva conventions. So, in many ways the Americans were worse than the Nazis. You might summarise it by saying, in quality Americans were worse but in quantity not as ambitious.
Today we wring our hands at the Germans who permitted Hitler to rise and commit his atrocities. What would you have expected of those citizens to prevent his war crimes? That is exactly what you should expect of yourself to stop the Afghan and Iraq wars. Did you think Germans should have supported the troops? Do you think Germans should have stood behind their leader? Do you think Germans should have patriotically supported the war my country right or wrong? Do you think it would be ok for Germans to just close their eyes because they were not political? Should they have offered the soldiers sexual favours? Should they have consented to marry men who had killed childen?
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.Most Americans will try to excuse their soldiers’ war crimes on the grounds the soldiers have no choice but to defend America. No soldier has defended America since WWII. The American soldiers occupying Iraq and Afghanistan are no more defending America than Hitler’s troops occupying Poland were defending Germany. There is nothing the matter with defending your country. That is not a war crime. Attacking other countries unprovoked, especialy when you torture, kill civilians, used banned weapons and ignore the Geneva conventions, then it is.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-01-15 1968-04-04 age:39)
Some Americas will try to excuse their soldiers on the grounds they are just following orders. That is lame excuse the Nazis gave on their way to the gallows. That excuse does not cut it either morally or legally. Lt. Ehren Watada proved to everyone you don’t even have to sacrifice your own life to avoid committing a war crime. Hitler’l troops did not have that option and still we hold them personally responsible for their crimes.
I have been surprised that nearly all Americans, Canadians and British, no matter what their education, flatly reject the notion they could be involved in illegal wars. It violates their sense of identity. Even those that have read up on the matter still go into rigid denial. Even when they understand the Nuremberg priciples, they still baldly assert prinicples can’t apply to their country. The Germans did the same thing under Hitler. This is the herd mentality forcing people to believe the absurd, much as religions force nutty ideas on their members. It is similar to team loyalty in sports. Even when your team cheats and the other team plays fairly, you pretend not to notice.
Another reaction I get from American soldiers is Yes I am a war criminal, but who is strong enough to punish me. We’re #1. I can kill who I damn well please how I damn well please. They assume America will always be the dominant superpower and will always be willing to thumb its nose at the international court.
American soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan write me and angrily protest they are not war criminals. Sometimes they threaten me in an attempt to get me to withdraw my statements or the photos of their victims. However, what I think and what I wish were true is irrelevant. Also what they think and they wish were true is also irrelevant. The only thing that counts is what the law actually says. That has nothing to do with either of us. The international and national law about war crimes is something you can go study on your own. You don’t need to take my word (or theirs) for it.
If you a soldier and you are committing capital crimes, it seems logical to me you should at least be familiar with the laws you are breaking the risks you are taking in doing so. But instead, to a man, soldiers want to play ostrich and refuse to even look because they are such cowards.
They have already committed serious crimes and they know it. They hope somehow, by browbeating me into condoning their crimes, they will be magically absolved both morally and in the eyes of the law. I don’t know who they think I am that I have such power. I had absolutely nothing to do with creating the law. I am just pointing it out.
I can’t believe how incredibly stupid the hundreds of American military people who have written me are. They commit capital (hanging) offenses without first doing any research at all on their legality, trusting the military to tell them all they need to know. Then, when they find out that it is a capital crime to even aid and abet an aggressive (first strike) war, even if you don’t kill or torture anyone, they protest their innocence because the US will likely protect them from prosecution. In other words, they claim what they did was OK because they will probably get away with it. You can probably get away with hacking your mother to death with an axe too, but that does not make it right. What is even more astounding is these thugs demand that I show them respect and honour their war crimes. Most people who have committed a capital crime shut up about it. These idiots brag openly about their crimes, taunting the Simon Weisenthals of the future to track them down for prosecution. Most Americans, most of whom are not war criminals, or psychopaths, but who are sheep, share the same perverted value system that the psychotic soldiers have adopted simply because everyone else thinks that way.
Some of them will disingenously claim they kill in self-defence. Bush himself said that Bin Laden, a Saudi and a band of Saudis was responsible for 2001-09-11. The official story is that bin Laden was punishing the USA for stationing troops on holy Saudi soil. Americans seem to think this gives the USA justification to attack any Muslim or Arab nation, including ones that had nothing to do with 2001-09-11 like Afghanistan and Iraq.
We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks.And when I point that out them, they claim the right to kill anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan who opposes the American occupation. It is not self-defence when you are the invader. No American has the right to be in Iraq or Afghanistan. The people of Iraq and Afghanistan have every right to try to turf out the invading Americans. They have a right to defend their soil. Americans have no right to invade it. The USA is bound by treaty, that trumps the constitution, to that principle.
~ George W. Bush (1946-07-06 age:71), 2003-09-17, audio.
Even lefties like Al Franken, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher support the troops. This is like a German living in Nazi Germany opposing Hitler but supporting the activities of the SS. Nearly every American is guilty of it.
Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56 AD 117 AD age:61)
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