CounterPunch Magazine tends to have good articles. The just published Trump’s First Hundred Days of War Crimes is far more worth reading than the title suggests, as it is not yet another insincere resist-Trump-to-distract-us-from-the-source-of-our-problems “news” piece or op-ed.
You know, like those incessant drivel droppings with which we have been inundated by the corporate mass media and party-politics campaigns since a self-identified billionaire bought himself our nation’s presidency. Sure, he did this for personal glory, for lining his (and his cronies’ pockets), and as a rich boy’s power trip. Yes, those are all bad things, but they are all the more reason to fight our sick system that produces such creatures than just focus on a single swamp creature and ignore the swamp. No, this CounterPunch article is a good introduction to the war crimes of all our presidents since… well, a very long time.
Quotes & Comments:
»In a just world, Bush, Obama, and Trump would share a cell at The Hague.«
»Obama largely escaped criticism from the liberal left for his drone strikes because, as Mike Whitney observes: “[L]iberals always sleep while their man is in office.” Whitney might have added that liberals will go back to sleep once the Republicans are out of the White House.«
Wait, are the Republicans any better? Didn’t they sleep through the G.W.Bush–Dick-Cheney regime’s trampling of our Bill of Rights (and international law)? The Bush-Cheney regime established the standard operating procedure which our changing governments have been following ever since: completely ignoring our constitution (and international law) in everything they do. It’s high time we escape the cage of party politics, folks! (to get an idea of how we may do so, my update on the people’s revolution may be of service: State of the Revolution)
»In theory, US attacks on Syria expose Obama and Trump to prosecution for “waging aggressive war,” the principal charge against the Nazis at Nuremberg. George W. Bush, of course, would face the same charge for his 2003 invasion of Iraq. «
»I say “in theory” because what court would try them? President George W. Bush “unsigned” the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.« and »The US would veto any attempt to create an ad hoc tribunal empowered to try US leaders for war crimes in Syria. «
It’s the old story of the fox being in charge of the hen house. Same as with our government, where the bullies in the “private sector” (the robber billionaires and their minions and cronies) form and control the government which should be of the people, by the people, and for the people and keep these plutocrats under control. It’s why people like Richard Wolff and I keep pointing out that we must clip these plutocrat’s wings or they will always usurp our government and use it against us, even if we put laws against that in place. You see, laws can always be rolled back when bad people have oodles of money with which to bribe politicians, take over political campaigns, finance propaganda-fashioning “think tanks”, and consolidate the “free press” under their control to become their megaphone.
»There have been no prosecutions under the federal War Crimes Act which criminalizes “grave breaches” of the Geneva Conventions. In fact, President Barack Obama expressly ruled out prosecuting officials from the George W. Bush Administration. «
Yep. Reason enough to jail him as an accomplice! What, by the way, ever became of Trump’s promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton? These gangsters are all alike. They will wrestle and shame each other over the biggest pieces of the pie; but in the end they are all in this together — stealing all our nation’s resources and our labor’s surplus to enrich themselves beyond tangible opulence and rolling the rest of us into the ditch.
»Trump’s actions are by no means a sharp break with the past.« … »War crimes are how the Pentagon rolls. Noam Chomsky has stated that if the standards of the Nuremberg Trials were applied, every American president since World War Two would have been hanged as a war criminal. Something to think about.«
Sad, isn’t it? And so many of us just accept our oligarch’s war crimes and our nation’s constant state of war upon much of the rest of the world as something not worth bothering about. Yeah, and if distant deaths and mutilations for monetary profit of those who partake in our military-industrial-complex are just too far away to strike a chord in you, what do you think has prompted the unprecedented global Islamist terrorism against us and our allies if not our oligarch’s unjustified military attacks, regime changes, and invasions throughout the Muslim world? Imagine every time you went to a wedding, were laid up in a hospital, or covered in the imaginary safety of your home, you would be subject to having American bombs dropped on you. How would you feel about America? It’s tit for tat, my friends. We have a lot of clean-up to do in our country, for a lot of reasons.
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