Pictured above: there’s not a mouse fart’s worth of difference between the genocidal criminals on the left and the genocidal criminals on the right. The ones on the right deserved to die a grisly death at the hangman’s gallows. Now, it’s time for the psychopathic mass murderers on the left to die too. All living US presidents merit no less, as well as all the others, posthumously, for supporting racist global imperialism and colonialism. Also, we can’t leave out all of Europe’s imperial, exterminating leaders.
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While back in the United States this summer, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting for the first time two courageous and principled people: Ramsey Clark and Jay Janson. This, after I interviewed both of them on China Rising Radio Sinoland http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/01/21/ramsey-clark-a-life-of-indomitable-courage-talks-with-jeff-j-brown-on-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170120 and http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2016/12/24/music-and-revolution-the-amazing-life-story-of-jay-janson-on-china-rising-radio-sinoland-161224/ Both have spent their adult lives fighting the good fight against Western imperialism, colonialism, racism, genocide and war.
Victories against humanity’s vampire squid are few and far between. It takes guts and perseverance for Ramsey and Jay, both in their eighties, to keep charging up the hill and heaving spears of righteous justice at the Hydra-headed Western monster.
Recently, these two wise octogenarians came upon an elegant way to get the West to stop its pan-global genocide: sue the bastards in court and make them pay reparations, just like after a war. In fact, a victim of American genocide has taken up the idea and put it into action.
A single Iraqi mother of three, Sundus Shaker Saleh (http://alicewalkersgarden.com/2013/10/hope-of-healing/) and an American lawyer, Mr. Inder Comar (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/man-who-sued-george-bush-and-the-iraq-war-dave-eggers), filed a suit against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Paul Wolfowitz in March 2013 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleh_v._Bush). Using the international law established during the World War II Nuremberg Trials, Saleh v. Bush (http://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/california/candce/3:2013cv01124/264248/53/0.pdf?ts=1428823991) clearly shows that the defendants are guilty of crimes of aggression against the Iraqi people, in other words, crimes against humanity http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/why-an-iraqi-single-mom-is-suing-george-bush-for-war-crimes.
You have to be ideologically blind not to see that (as stated in the case filed),
The defendants broke the law in conspiring and committing the crime of aggression against the people of Iraq. Defendants planned the war against Iraq as early as 1998; manipulated the United States public to support the war by scaring them with images of ‘mushroom clouds’ and conflating the Hussein regime with al-Qaeda; and broke international law by commencing the invasion without proper legal authorization. More than sixty years ago, American prosecutors in Nuremberg, Germany convicted Nazi leaders of the crimes of conspiring and waging wars of aggression. They found the Nazis guilty of planning and waging wars that had no basis in law and which killed millions of innocents.
“[These] are charges of the utmost gravity. War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences […] affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole. http://theantimedia.org/former-us-attorney-general-joins-lawsuit-against-bush-for-illegal-war-in-iraq/
All this goes without saying, not to mention hundreds of other Western acts of genocide, massacres, exterminations, invasions, occupations and false flags, for the last five hundred years and ongoing across the planet. Westerners have a self-serving habit of shutting out the “ongoing” bit. But trying to use the US justice system to plunge a knife into empire’s heart of darkness is a tall order. Justice has never been blind in any society and when you go up against a society’s owners, the extortion, blackmail and bribery are locked and loaded.
Albert Einstein was a pacifist who wrote powerfully and persuasively about the evils of empire. He knew what the root cause was: capitalism (http://www.jameslavin.com/articles/2010/02/24/einstein-the-economic-anarchy-of-capitalist-society-is-the-real-source-of-the-evil/)
For good measure, the imperial Obama administration fought it tooth and nail in the California District Court (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/sundus-shaker-saleh-bush-lawsuit_n_3830203.html). Who knows what went on behind closed doors. So, no surprise that in December 2014, this court dismissed Saleh v. Bush with prejudice, using the Westfall Act as a pretext. The bench said that Bush and Company are granted immunity, as federal employees, who acted “within the scope of their employment”. Just think of it, you can massacre a million Iraqis and say it’s OK, because it was your professional duty http://pontiactribune.com/2015/03/illegal-invasion-of-iraq-resulted-in-1-million-civilians-dead/. This just happens to be the exact same excuse that Nazi leaders used during the Nuremberg Trials, and those judges were having none of that. Now what was good for the fascist goose, is perfect justice for the imperial gander.
After Saleh v. Bush was appealed to the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Ramsey Clark filed a friend of the court brief (http://witnessiraq.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AOB-Brief-Only-Final.pdf), in support of Saleh v. Bush (https://www.rt.com/usa/267946-attorney-general-iraq-lawsuit/), with a number of other notables adding their principled voices. These included high level representatives from the International Commission for Labor Rights, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and the National Lawyers Guild.
In this brief, these speakers of truth to power stated the obvious,
…That the previous court was “forbidden” to use Westfall protections to dismiss the charges because the Nuremberg Tribunal established “norms” that prohibit “the use of domestic laws as shields to allegations of aggression […] National leaders, even American leaders, do not have the authority to commit aggression and cannot be immune from allegations they have done so.
Touché Herr Nuremburg.
A gallery shot of the Nuremburg Tribunal. Anybody got a spare courtroom to try Bush & Co., so we can hang the bastards?
Amazingly, and to plunge the sword of justice to its depths of clarity and reason, a second friend of the court brief was filed (http://witnessiraq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SalehBush.pdf) by the sole surviving Nuremberg chief prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz! Mr. Ferencz warned (paraphrasing),
Those in positions of power should not be allowed to subvert their influence to escape responsibility for their crimes. The U.N. stated after Nuremberg that planning, initiating, or waging a war of aggression is a crime against humanity for which individuals as well as states shall be tried before the bar of international justice.
In response to these powerful briefs of truth and justice, Ms. Saleh’s lawyer, Inder Comar lamented that,
This is a horror that continues to play itself out, daily, in Iraq; the architects of such chaos have yet to be meaningfully questioned as to their role in this unmitigated tragedy. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31360-former-us-attorney-general-files-brief-in-lawsuit-challenging-legality-of-iraq-war
While Ramsey Clark has been busy in the courtroom, Jay Janson has been occupied writing articles, contacting news agencies and politicians to highlight the case (http://www.greanvillepost.com/2017/08/08/buried-history-27-million-died-in-russia-because-wall-street-built-up-hitlers-wehrmacht-to-knock-out-soviet-union/).
Nobody seriously expects the American courts to side with truth and justice. Even if the 9th Circuit Court agrees with the world’s oppressed and slaughtered, that reactionary, ideological snake pit, known as the US Supreme Court will shoot it down in the end.
If you say, “Why don’t they go to that high falootin’ International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, far from Uncle Sam’s suffocating grip? Ha! Like almost all postwar international institutions, from the United Nations to OPEC to OECD, the ICC takes its imperial orders from Washington. Out of the ten ICC cases heard for “crimes against humanity”, nine were dark skinned Africans and the one lone white guy, Slobodan Milosovic, was a socialist ally of Russia. Are you seeing a pattern here? Uncle Sam will not allow any of the numerous, genocidal Latin American dictators to be tried at The Hague. Too white and too close for comfort. Hence, around the world, the ICC is derisively called the International Caucasian Court http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2016/11/05/the-dark-skinned-exploited-peoples-of-the-world-are-calling-the-west-for-what-it-is-racist-china-rising-radio-sinoland-161105/ and http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2015/10/01/slavs-and-the-yellow-peril-are-niggers-brutes-and-beasts-in-the-eyes-of-western-empire-the-saker-44-days-radio-sinoland-2015-10-1/.
So, the goal of Saleh v. Bush is to expose the racism, genocide and crimes against humanity that are being perpetrated by Western empire, all over the world, right now, as you read this article. Please don’t forget the “right now” part. Court cases attacking the US’s Jim Crow slave system kept getting “denied with prejudice”, until the time was ripe for change, after World War II. Those cases helped frame the moment and prime the pump for hopeful social justice.
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One of the 20th century’s towering giants, who fought Western imperialism all his adult life, Fidel Castro, knew the source of humanity’s never-ending exploitation, misery and war: capitalism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Fidel_Castro).
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