Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mission creeping to the ultimate crime

The UN Security Council Resolution on Libya (my emphasis in red):
"Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory . . ."
There a lot more in the resolution, but that very limited right to protect civilians, along with a no-fly zone, is the only permitted foreign military action. 'Mission creep' has extended this to the bombing of civilian-populated areas well outside of the permitted areas, all in the aim of the targeted assassination of Gadaffi, such targeted assassination itself being highly illegal. NATO has turned a very limited Security Council permission into a full-fledged 'war of agression' (a lot of law here). The famous quote on a war of aggression is from the prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Robert H. Jackson:
"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."
There is no possible excuse for these NATO attacks. They are completely and utterly illegal under what is left of international law. Why are we hearing no complaints about this outrage?  The full extent of the mild bleating is that Obama hasn't even bothered to comply with American law.
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