Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The Generals and Nuremberg
Superb article from The British Democracy Forum ;
The Case for War Crimes Trials — Is Rupert Murdoch the Julius Streicher of Our Time?
There is an open-and-shut case for War Crimes Trials against Tony Blair and all others involved in the planning and commission of the aggressive, immoral and illegal war against Iraq.
Furthermore, there is also a prima facie case against the media bosses who deliberately incited the war against Iraq. The chief culprit in this regard is Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sun newspaper. That propaganda sheet has consistently lied to the British public on all manner of issues, most notably the famous Blair-lie “Saddam’s 45 minute missiles.”
The Sun has also repeatedly claimed to be the kingmaker in British politics, and even boasted on its front page about how it was responsible for election victories. The Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher, who was responsible for incitement against Jews in Nazi Germany with his Der Sturmer newspaper, was arrested, tried and executed at the Nuremburg Trials.
streicher-murdochThe precedent has once again been set. There is, therefore, a prima facie case against Rupert Murdoch and the other media who were responsible for inciting the war against Iraq. They should also be put on trial, just as Streicher was put on trial for the crime of publishing a newspaper.
There is already an online petition calling on the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, and the Attorney General of the United Kingdom, and their successors in office to bring Blair and his associates to trial.
Organised by the independent Blair War Crimes Foundation (BWCF), the petition lays out the basis for criminal charges to be brought against Blair and all those involved in planning, preparing, inciting and encouraging the war.
The petition reads as follows:
“We, the citizens of the United Kingdom and other countries listed, wish to uphold The United Nations Charter, The 1998 Rome Statute of The International Criminal Court, The Hague and Geneva Conventions and the Rule of International Law, especially in respect of:
1: 1949 Geneva Convention IV: Article 146
The High Contracting Parties undertake to enact any legislation necessary to provide effective penal sanctions for persons committing, or ordering to be committed, any of the grave breaches of the present Convention.
2: 1907 Hague Convention IV: Article 3
A belligerent party which violates the provisions of the said regulations shall, if the case demands, be liable to pay compensation. It shall be responsible for all the acts committed by persons forming part of its armed forces.
We therefore call on you to indict Anthony Charles Lynton Blair in his capacity as recent Prime Minister of the UK, so long as he is able to answer for his actions and however long it takes, in respect of our sample complaints relating to the 2003 Iraq War waged by the UK as ally to the United States of America.
We are concerned that without justice and respect for the rule of law, the future for us and our progeny in a lawless world is bleak, as revealed by recent US declarations about the use of torture and the events of December 2008 in Gaza show.
The following are our sample complaints relating to the Iraq War 2003–2009:
1: Deceit and conspiracy for war, and providing false news to incite passions for war, causing in the order of one million deaths, 4 million refugees, countless maimings and traumas.
2: Employing radioactive ammunition causing long-term destruction of the planetary habitat.
3: Causing the breakdown of civil administration, with consequent lawlessness, especially looting, kidnapping, and violence, and consequent breakdown of womens’ rights, of religious freedom, and child and adult education.
4: Failing to maintain the medical needs of the populace.
5: Despoliation of the cultural heritage of the country.
6: Supporting an ally that employs ‘waterboarding’ and other tortures.
7: Seizing the assets of Iraq.
8: Using inhumane restraints on prisoners, including dogs, hoods, and cable ties.
9: Using Aggressive Patrolling indiscriminately, traumatising women and children and wrecking homes and property.
10: Marking bodies of prisoners with numbers, writing, faeces and other degrading treatment.
11: The use of cluster bombs and other indiscriminate weapons including white phosphorous on “shake and bake” missions.
12: Supporting indiscriminate rocket attacks from F16 fighter planes on women and children in Fallujah in Nov 2004.
13: Supporting the shooting up of ambulances and medical personnel in Fallujah in Nov 2004.
14: Supporting the expulsion of the entire population of Fallujah save for young men of military age, for a reprisal attack on that city in Nov 2004.”