Iran bør gå til sak mot USA
Posted by Fredsvenn den oktober 23, 2012
An international lawyer says Iran should lodge a complaint against the United States, the Israeli regime and their allies with the International Criminal Court in The Hague about their military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, Press TV reports.
“It would be my advice to the Islamic Republic that we sue at the world court immediately the United States, Britain, France, Israel for a temporary restraining order against these governments and to stop these maneuvers (military drills in the Persian Gulf),” said Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, in a recent Press TV interview.
Condemning the military drills by the US and the NATO states near the Strait of Hormuz, Boyle maintained that Tehran has every right to defend its territorial sovereignty.
“Iran has rightly said we are prepared to defend our territorial waters and they have the right to do this.”
“The Strait of Hormuz is not an international strait or waterway that anyone can just sail through Iranian territorial waters… if Iran wants to shut that (the channel that goes through Iranian territorial waters) down they can,” Boyle said.
Washington claims that the military exercises are purely defensive and not directed at any country.
Boyle said the US, along with NATO states and the Tel Aviv regime are all using the Strait of Hormuz as “a pretext to budge in Iran to do their will and my concern… [is that] when you have these massive naval maneuvers on both sides something could get out of hand or there could be a deliberate provocation by the United States and Britain which has happened before.”
Boyle also stated that his “best advice is we follow them right away and try to restrain these hostile provocative military maneuvers right off the Strait of Hormuz.”
USA – En krigsforbryter
I følge den norske fredsforsker ved Göteborg Universitet, Jørgen Johansen, har USA for lengst overhalt Romerriket i antall militære intervensjoner i andre land. USA har kun i to århundrer eksistert som en suveren stat, mens Romerriket eksisterte i nesten et tusen år.
I følge Ron Ridenour, amerikansk journalist og medlem i Komiteen for et Fritt Irak, har USAs kapitalisme vært avhengig av store bevillinger til militærbudsjettene i lang tid før Andre verdenskrig, men under og etter denne har storkapitalen hatt travelt med å tjene ennå større profitt ved å utvide imperialismen over hele verden.
It seems incomprehensible – since the end of the Second World War, the United States has been responsible for the death of between 20 and 30 million people in various conflicts and wars from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan.
James A. Lucas, writing for Countercurrents.org in 2007, presents the evidence with plenty of documentation.
The figure of about 11 million people is sometimes mentioned when it comes to the amount killed by Nazi Germany but it is not all clear what or who this includes and how the figure is arrived at. Sometimes one finds the range 11 to17 million. Other estimates of the direct deaths due to his policies is from 15 to 25 million, because many of the estimated 40 million World War II deaths in Europe are attributable to Hitler (although some may be directly blamed on Italy, the minor Axis powers and Russia).
The victims included ethnic Poles, the Romani, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, people with disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and most of all, Jews.
Of course, the toll pales when compared to the atrocities of Mao.
According to research conducted by Piero Scaruffi, Mao slaughtered between 49-78,000,000, Stalin killed around 23,000,000 and Hitler 12 million.
The United States killed more than Stalin and Hitler? We have to take into consideration the timeline – Hitler killed his victims in just over a decade and Stalin and Mao over the period of a few years (most of Mao’s victims were killed during the “Cultural Revolution” and Stalin’s were killed during Ukraine’s engineered famine and also his political purges).
The United States – or rather its psychopathic rulers – have been more consistent and persistent in the mass murder business.
For the sake of keeping this out of the realm of the ridiculous, I’m excluding everyone that died as part of legitimate peacekeeping missions and actual Americans. This is like a really rough look at how many NON-AMERICANS we’ve killed (i.e. not on our side at the time) since the 30s via military and economic intervention, rounded generally down to the nearest thousand (things with <1000 deaths like Grenada bombings not included) or so on conservative or moderate estimates since the dropping of the bombs in Japan. Hold on, this is going to get ugly.
1940s – nuked Japan.
Death toll: 145,000 to date in Nagasaki, 250,000 in Hiroshima
1947-49 – U.S. helps command extreme-right Greece party in Civil War.
Death toll: about 70,000 contributed by US-backed forces
1948-54 – CIA directs war against Huk Rebellion in Philippines.
Death toll: about 11,000
1950 – Independence movement crushed in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Death toll: conservative historians estimated about 8,000 peasants
1950-53 – Korean War
Death toll: about 1,776,000
1952 – CIA overthrows Democracy in Iran, installs Shah
Death toll: about 20,000
1954 – CIA directs invasion of Guatemala after new Democracy there nationalized U.S.-occupied lands
Death toll: about 140,000 missing and dead
1958 – In Lebanon, marine occupation against rebels
Death toll: about 2,000
1960-75+ – Vietnam War including Cambodia and Laos
Death toll: about 4,502,000 including civilians and resulting famines (conservative estimates)
1961 – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs Invasion fails
Death toll: about 4,000
1963 – In Iraq, CIA organizes coup against President and agrees to back formerly exiled Saddam
Death toll: about 7,000 including civilians
1964 – In Panama, troops kill protesters against US-owned canal
Death toll: about 1,000
1965 – CIA assists Indonesian coup
Death toll: about 900,000
1966 – Troops and bombers threaten pro-communist parties in Dominican Republic
Death toll: about 3,000
1966-96 – Green berets in Guatemala against rebels, US backs pro-American forces in country until 1996
Death toll: about 200,000
1970 – Directs marine invasion of Oman
Death toll: about 2,000
1973 – CIA directs coup to oust elected Marxist president in Chile
Death toll: 30,000… 3,000 later disappeared under US-installed dictator
1976-92 – CIA assists South-African rebels in Angola
Death toll: median estimate at 550,000
1981-90 – CIA directs Contra invasions in Nicaragua
Death toll: median estimate at 30,000
1982-84 – Marines expel Lebanese rebels, aided by Israel
Death toll: 40,000
1987-88 – US intervenes for Iraq against Iran
Death toll: about 150,000 during time-frame, 100,000 during Desert Storm, 350,000 from resulting famine
1989 – US invades to oust CIA-installed Panamanian government gone rouge
Death toll: 2,000
1992-94 – US-led occupation of Somalia during civil war
Death toll: 50,000 in combat, 300,000 by starvation
2001+ – US Occupies Afghanistan
Death toll: 120,000 including civilians and combatants and resulting Opium Wars
2003+ – Iraqi War
Death toll: 665,000 also by starvation, displacement
And that doesn’t even include POWs, classified information, and WW2 pre-nuke!
It is collectively accepted that humans require laws to protect society because there will always be people who disregard the rights of others, and without standards that are generally accepted and followed, there would be perpetual chaos that would bring civilization crashing down. Some laws prohibiting murder, sexual predation toward children, and certain actions during wartime are universal and when successfully prosecuted, condemn the offender to societal scorn as well as incarceration. The stigma attached to individuals who have been convicted of a crime is a damning and lifelong curse that affects social interactions, families, and in many cases, the opportunity for finding gainful employment. For ex-president George W. Bush, finding gainful employment is not an issue, but as a convicted war criminal, he will forevermore share that designation with the likes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Mengele, and Osama bin Laden.
Did the EU really deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Large areas of Europe had previously been united by empires built on force, such as the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Frankish Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, the First French Empire and Nazi Germany. A peaceful means of some consolidation of European territories used to be provided by dynastic unions; less common were country-level unions, such as the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1818, Tsar Alexander, as the most advanced internationalist of the day, suggested a kind of permanent European union and even proposed the maintenance of international military forces to provide recognized states with support against changes by violence.
Largely due to the devastating effects of war many people turned to the idea of some form of unified Europe, notably William Penn, Abbot Charles de Saint-Pierre, Victor Hugo, Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and Giuseppe Mazzini. Such ideas became greater in Europe following World War I, with the massive loss of life it entailed, but it was not until after World War II that real steps were taken.
An example of an organisation formed to promote the association of states between the wars to promote the idea of European union is the Pan-Europa movement.
The European Union is a geo-political entity covering a large portion of the European continent. It is founded upon numerous treaties and has undergone expansions that have taken it from 6 member states to 27, a majority of states in Europe.
As distinct from ideas of federation, confederation or customs union the main development in Europe depends on a supranational foundation to make war unthinkable and materially impossible and reinforce democracy enunciated by Robert Schuman and other leaders in the Europe Declaration. The principle was at the heart of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in the Treaty of Paris (1951), following the «Schuman Declaration» and the later the Treaties of Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC). Both the ECSC and EEC were later incorporated into the European Union while the EAEC maintains a distinct legal identity despite sharing members and institutions.
List of EU war crimes since 9/11:
- Complicity in the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis as all EU member states joined the U.S. in invading Iraq under the false pretext of non-existent WMDs.
- Complicity in the deaths of 40,000+ Afghans as all EU member states joined the U.S. in invading Afghanistan under the false pretext of the ‘War on Terror’.
- Complicity in the deaths of 40,000 Libyans as several key EU member states joined the U.S. in bombing Libya back to the stone age.
- Complicity in the deaths of 30,000+ Syrians as several key EU member states joined the U.S. in arming, training, funding and directing the Free Syrian Army aka al-Qaeda in Syria.
The official EU position supported and facilitated ALL of these illegal wars, with troops, funding, use of member states’ air bases and other material, therefore the EU politburo should be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity.
The EU will in future play a bigger role vis-a-vis the US in providing hard security in north Africa and the Middle East, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said.
Speaking to French ambassadors gathered in Paris on Wednesday (31 August), the French leader said the war in Libya is a «lesson» for EU foreign policy: «Europeans have shown for the first time that they are capable of intervention in a decisive way, with their allies, in an open conflict on their doorstep.»
He added that the Libya model – in which France and the UK took the lead with American support – marks a new division of labour between the EU and US: «The world is changing. [US] President Obama has presented a new vision of American military engagement which involves the Europeans assuming their responsibilities.»
Sarkozy noted the union should also play a bigger role in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
«The role of the US [in the Middle East peace process] is incontrovertible and irreplacable, but everyone can see it is not sufficient. It is necessary to enlarge the circle of negotiators … We must keep in mind that the European Union is the top economic partner of Israel and the top aid donor to the Palestinians.»
On Syria, he added that the EU will do «everything legally possible» to help topple President Bashar Assad, while underlining that any European involvement in «morally and politically just» conflicts must have a UN mandate.
Sarkozy spoke on the eve of a summit in Paris on Thursday of the so-called Libya Contact Group.
The meeting will bring together 60 high-level delegations from Western and Arab countries that supported the Nato strikes on Colonel Gaddafi, as well as anti-interventionists China and Russia and senior officials from the African Union, the Arab League, the EU, Nato and the UN.
In a reflection of Sarkozy’s new-model EU-US relations, the meeting will be dominated by France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, which are sending their leaders. The US will be represented by secretary of state Hilary Clinton, while China and Russia are sending third- and fourth-tier diplomats.
Thursday’s summit is to symbolise the end of Gaddafi’s rule, which began with a military coup also on 1 September 42 years ago.
Delegates will also listen to Libyan rebel leaders – the Transition National Council (TNC) – outline their future needs in terms of finance and a potential UN-led peacekeeping mission.
The UN is step-by-step unfreezing tens of billions of euros’ worth of Gaddafi assets around the world. It has also put together plans to quickly send in 390 unarmed military observers and policemen to help keep the peace. Its Libya troubleshooter, UN official Ian Martin, has spoken with two unspecified UN countries about leading a potential «multinational force» in the country. But the TNC has indicated it does not want foreign soldiers for now.
Sarkozy and US officials in their remarks on Wednesday underlined that the Libyan people will play the lead in shaping the new country.
But with French construction firms and Italian energy companies already sending high-level missions to Libya to scoop up contracts, Asian and Islamic powers have voiced concerns about Western intentions.
A US secretary of state spokesman noted on Wednesday that Libya is a «rich country. Yeah, I mean, there are assets that we – that the international community is beginning to try to tap into.»
For its part, the People’s Daily, a Chinese government newspaper in a prickly op-ed published the same day said: «The West has never given up its scheme of dominating the development directions of west Asia and north Africa. The dominance is connected with economic interests, naturally. Though the smoke of gunpowder has not fully dispersed in Libya, Western oil companies’ fights for the oil have already started.»
US nemesis Iran has also started talks with the TNC on future relations.
«If … arrogant powers and international Zionism, including the tyrannical US regime, succeed to ride the waves [of the Arab Spring] and take the lead, the Muslim world will be faced with big problems for tens of years,” Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei said in a rare public statement ahead of the Paris summit.