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War Crimes

    With the recent (4/14) air strikes on Syria by NATO the United States continues its habitual practice of using inappropriate military force when confronted by possible obstacles on its path to global empire  (aka the New American Century). These military attacks violate the Nurember principles. This essay will cover a few examples including the recent attack of Syria. 

    After WWII when millions of people died, the United Nations had the International Law Commission draft the Nuremberg Principles, to promote international criminal justice and human rights. These principles are the basis for the fight against impunity for universally recognized international core crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

    Here is Principle VI:

     

    "The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:

    (a) Crimes against peace:
    (i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
    (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
    (b) War crimes:
    Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory; murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the Seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.
    (c) Crimes against humanity:
    Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime."

    I expect most will agree the use of chemical or biological weapons is a clear violation of principle VI.
    The enforcement of violations of these principles must be implemented; by the international community. There is no other mechanism available for accountability for rogue nations. An example of this is Nazi Germany where its citizens were incapable of preventing war crimes but instead its defeat required an alliance of other nations to stop militarily these war crimes.

    The United States has committed obvious war crimes over recent decades, such as:
    the invasion and destruction of Korea in 1950,

    the invasion and destruction of Vietnam in 1960,

    the invasion and destruction of Afghanistan in 2002,

    the invasion and destruction of Iraq in 2003,
    the invasion and destruction of Libya in 2011,


    Starting with a war in Afghanistan in the late 1970's America and NATO began its use of mercenaries. Al Qaeda was created, armed, and supported in America's overthrow of Afghanistan's communist government.
    With this approach (sometimes called Gladio B; the original operation Gladio was the wave of terror in Europe where the US special forces set up each event so it could be blamed on the local communist party; Gladio B uses mercenaries for this terrorism, or as an apparent insurgency.

    The current war with Syria has some notable similarities with the wars in Iraq and Libya.
    UNSC resolution 1441 was passed to get UN inspectors to verify Iraq had no WMD; this was needed before the UNSC would approve force into Iraq. No WMD were found but America ignored this finding, offering a memorable quote from Rumsfeld: "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. "
    Even though Iraq had no WMD America invaded Iraq based on the big lie it still did; none were found. America showed it knew there was no danger of chemical weapons because its invading troops were not equipped for them.

    In 2003 Libya began destroying its stockpile of WMD. NATO implemented the overthrow of Gaddafi anyway.
    The attack of Libya by NATO in considered a use of the big lie.

    There was never a real insurgency in Libya. America deployed Al Qaeda to disrupt Libya, and Al Qaeda was called the rebels. Perhaps this is a deviation from previous interpretations of principle VI where mercenaries are used now rather than troops only from the supporting country. The mercenaries are also a clear violation of national sovereignty.

    The same sequence is being followed in Syria as in Libya and Iraq.

    In 2013 Syria, Russia, America agreed on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria. This took a few months for their disposal.

    There was never a real insurgency in Syria. America rebranded Al Qaeda in northern Iraq to be ISIS and then ISIS streamed into Syria in 2017 unaffected by American troops in Iraq; Al Qaeda (or ISIS (or another few names for mercenary groups) are Western backed mercenaries; they were sometimes called the moderate rebels or the moderate opposition, though ‘opposition’ implies Syrians not foreigners. There is no civil war in Syria,

    Along the way ISIS spawned other terrorist groups in Syria including the White Helmets.

    There are some indications ISIS got chemical weapons from NATO or probably ISIS makes its own. Since Syria got rid of its chemical weapons then the remaining entity in Syria with these weapons is ISIS.

    At the UNSC meeting on Syria (April 2018) NATO ambassadors went on and on and on about pictures, to justify an attack on Syria. No investigation was provided of the pictures for who when, where. White Helmets are known to stage videos and pictures for anti-Syria propaganda; the horrific pictures at the UNSC meeting on Syria probably came from White Helmets and a White Helmet was present to film the April 7 alleged gas attack in Douma.
    Also ISIS is expected to have chemical weapons so any alleged  use of them in Syria must consider White Helmets or ISIS as the culprit before Syria; Syria does not bomb its people; it targets the mercenaries. This was never mentioned by the NATO ambassadors nor by America's major media outlets.
    The hypocrisy shown by the NATO ambassadors is absolutely appalling; they claim to want to punish the monster using chemical weapons but that monster is actually NATO (supporting the mercenaries) not Assad.
    The UNSC indicates the next use of chemical weapons must be punished. However the culprit will not be Syria but facts are not needed when this coalition is determined to bomb with no justification. This 'locked and loaded' stance indicates NATO will attack Syria even if Syria had nothing to do with an alleged attack.

    At this point (and even demonstrated in recent history) America is a rogue state unwilling to conform with international law, in clear violation of the Nuremberg principles. It will take an international effort to get America to submit to international law, rather than being the biggest threat to humanity.
    The UK, France and Israel were also complicit in this April bombing.

    The UK has its own controversy. The Skripal case accused Russia of this poisoning. This unproven accusation resulted in many Western countries expelling the Russian diplomats. Unfortunately for the UK claims a lab in Switzerland confirmed the nerve agent used is one never made by Russia, but is produced in the UK in a facility not far from the Skripal poisoning. The UK story is a lie.

    There are so many lies being told by the American government I find it astounding anyone believes whatever they say; the government claims are repeated by mainsteam media outlets with no investigation so why should anyone believe these media reports. Operation Mockingbird continues.
    This repetition of lies is how the American public can be herded to support an immoral government, and its immoral wars.

    It will be difficult to stop this insanity. It will take widespread demonstrations for Congress to react and rein in the immoral executive branch. This is difficult given Congress is bought and paid for by special interests, including those that will profit from war. The deep state (military contractors, intelligence agencies and special operations groups have a vested interest in our global empire.
    This problem was confronted only 80 years ago. The defeat of Nazi Germany required an international coalition, spanning the globe, though the bulk of battles and casualties were born by Russia. Nazi Germany had only one critical ally in the Japanese empire but they were far apart. America's global empire is integrated into international financial institutions. America has military bases in nearly every country in the world (to maintain influence and conformance). America's global war of terror demonstrates a lack of conforrmance will lead to the country's destruction, with Libya, Iraq and Syria as prime examples. The United Nations was chartered to deal with issues but the UN is dominated by US and European colonial powers so an effective action is inhibited.

    It appears just huge antiwar demonstrations are probably ineffective. They had no effect in 2003.
    What is needed first now is the exposure of the 911 lie. The global war of terror is rooted in this Big Lie of 911, including the Islamaphobia pushed by America; though Islam had nothing to do with 911. Resolving the lie of 911 can enable justice and accountability; both are invisible today. 911 had both government lies and media compliance; this combination must be broken for Americans to have hope for their future. There is a current court case seeking 911 truth. There is a multitude of 911 resources; there is also a site page about it.


    Addition: 04/21/2018
    I neglected to mention torture in the examples above, During the Iraq war this travesty was supported by the highest levels of government, not just rogue underlings. For the public, torture became known as advanced interrogation techniques to hide the war crime.
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