Monday, March 8, 2010

Victor's Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad

Nothing has befallen the criminals responsible for the atomic massacres at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, or for the saturation bombing which, when the war was already won by the Western allies, killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in various German and Japanese cities. Nothing has happened to the political and military leadership of NATO, responsible for the "humanitarian" war of aggression against the Yugoslav Republic, which surely ranks as a "supreme" international crime. (p. xi)

In practice, a dual-standard system of international criminal justice has come about in which a justice "made to measure" for the major world powers and their victorious leaders operates alongside a separate justice for the defeated and downtrodden. In particular, international crimes of jus in bello, which are normally considered less serious than the crime of aggression, have been prosecuted relentlessly and in some cases punished with great harshness, in particular by the Hague Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. At the same time, aggressive war, a crime predominantly committed by the political and military authorities of the major powers, has been systematically ignored. (pp. 30–31)

Finally, we must ask ourselves whether modern warfare, with its weapons of mass destruction, can coherently be used by international institutions — or military alliances such as NATO — charged with protecting universal values like human rights.… The legitimation of "humanitarian war" is the equivalent of a contradictory negation of all these principles. In the case of war for Kosovo, for example, in practice the death sentence was enforced on thousands of Yugoslav citizens, in the absence of any investigation of their personal responsibility.… Thousands of simple citizens [were subjected to] lethal bombing raids, in which … murderous cluster bombs and depleted uranium missiles were also deployed. (pp. 60–61)

great book on how those disgusting animals who run NATO bombed and slaughtered us for their geo-political interests