Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I call 'regime change' on you

William Bowles eviscerates the Mehlis Report on the Hariri assassination (I couldn't get his link to the report to work, but it is available all over the internet, including, in a very annoying but complete zip file, here), concluding:

"Due to the vague nature of the Report, the fact that it is incomplete and because of its unsubstantiated and politically loaded implications, it is possible for any and all conclusions to be drawn from it, which is precisely what the media and politicians have done and why it takes the form that it does. There could be no clearer example of the relationship between propaganda and the press than the Mehlis Report, serving as it does as a backdrop to USUK machinations in the region, partially to draw attention away from the disastrous situation in Iraq and also to 'soften up' the public for any potential moves against Syria.

What the report does is create the context for the inflammatory and threatening statements made by US secretary of state Condi Rice, US ambassador to the UN Bolton, Jack Straw, British foreign secretary and the Israeli government, all of whom have, in no uncertain terms used the UN Report as a justification for 'regime change' in Syria."

It used to be, as recently as Lockerbie (not that Libya had anything to do with Lockerbie, but that's another matter), that these matters were treated as criminal international law matters, and trials were held. Now, under the new American law, if a country does something you don't like, you can call 'regime change', which apparently results in your self-appointed right to do anything and everything against the civilian population of the country, including 'shock and awe' and violent oppressive occupation, in order to force a change in government. Since the Americans and Israelis are allowed to call 'regime change' based on a shoddy report which proves nothing at all, there really is no such thing as national sovereignty anymore.