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Law Not War: World Peace And The International Criminal Court.

By Jerry Alatalo

United Nations Charter (1945)

    We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

    to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,

    to establish conditions under which justice and respect of the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    and for these ends

    to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

    to unite our strength to maintain international security, and to insure by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed forces shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

    to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

    have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these ends.  Preamble

Earth Flag 11Alphabet Benjamin Ferencz is the 96-year old sole surviving prosecutor of Nazi war crimes during the Nuremburg Trials, and a leading advocate for global jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He and many others have long called for every nation on Earth to join the ICC and end, finally, the potential for any human being regardless of power, wealth, prestige or nation to commit war crimes with impunity.

A United Nations (UN) reform initiative calling for mandatory signing and ratification of the Rome Statute by United Nations member states – joining the ICC and agreeing to its global jurisdiction – holds the promise of “embarrassing” those nations outside the ICC to join or lose respect around the world. Included in such a United Nations reform is expulsion from the UN of those states refusing to join the court, an action which would surely harm more than enhance opposing nations’ international reputation in the eyes of the world’s people.

The time has come for the international community to act powerfully for the realizable goal of ending the carrying out of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide with impunity by those outside the enforcement reach of the ICC. Universal ICC membership once UN reform becomes part of the charter promises an end to wars of aggression, throughout history until now the producer of humanity’s most severe violent disasters and accompanying high levels of death, injury and destruction.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz has worked for decades to convince people of the urgent need for a worldwide institution of law and order to deter criminals intending to carry out the most heinous actions imaginable. His reasoning is simple to comprehend for any man or woman who possesses plain common sense. With his high level of knowledge, commitment and life experience over 96 years, Mr. Ferencz has gained the admiration and respect deserving of a wise elder speaking out for peace on Earth.

Mr. Benjamin Ferencz urgent, timely and wise message provides the best solution to humanity’s problem of war. Acting on his ideas will absolutely change the world for the better while improving the human condition – now, and for those born in future generations.

It’s time the world listened to him.

(Thank you to Humanity In War at YouTube)

Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka On Syria Crisis.

By Jerry Alatalo

Baraka-1Alphabet If not mistaken, in their first presidential debate neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump became questioned on, or voluntarily presented, their views on the globally important situation which is Syria. In the debate Americans found non-opinions on Syria by the two major candidates in what everyone routinely sees as the every-four-years battle of ideas on vital domestic and international issues of the day, and finding the two persons believed to hold the power for winning the election not even discussing the greatest military and humanitarian crisis on Earth.

It would be interesting to find out what percentage of Americans watching the debate (estimated at 100 million) either didn’t notice the omission/non-discussion of Syria or didn’t care because they know zero about what’s really been going on there since 2011 – because Western corporate media has fed them virtually nothing but lies or distortions. Whether the American people have no awareness of Syria because of media omission (as illustrated with the debate) or routine, incorrect facts, misinformation etc. received through their corporate “news” sources, the way events in Syria become reported in America and the West compared to the rest of the world, the severe difference in narratives, is astonishing.

If one had to place a bet both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump know precisely the truth about Syria, had the chance to tell the American people the full disturbing truth, but consciously chose not to. The truth they intentionally kept from Americans watching their debate is that the U.S.’ role along with its Middle East and European allies has been nothing less than one long, horrific, military and psychological operations crime against humanity – in particular against the men, women and children of Syria.

Unfortunately the situation in Syria has become so dangerous that there is no time for delay in putting the truth on the table for all to see. For a peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis to become reality, there is no other possible route to get there but that the nations and leaders who’ve, since 2011, been sponsoring (state-sponsored terror) the mercenary soldier/terrorists destroying Syria and its people will have to confess to humanity for their crimes. The hard, brutal and terrifying fact about the current situation in Syria is that there are two (2) possible outcomes: 1) the just described mass confession by the state sponsors of terrorists who have since 2011, and are now, operating in Syria or 2) escalation of violence, likely leading to world war.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s lying by omission in the debate by not telling the American people the full (any) truth about Syria makes the preferable option, universal confession of state crimes, unfortunately, look unlikely. The seeming committed unwillingness of the Obama administration, America’s European and Middle East region allies to “find God”, their stubbornness in recognizing that their massive pretense is evaporating with each passing day as more people are coming to know the truth… are more reasons for people to feel pessimistic.

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and her vice-presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka call for a Middle East “peace offensive” that includes a weapons embargo, firm measures restricting the flow of money to terrorists, sanctions against nations sponsoring terrorism, strict adherence to international law, and high-level, intense diplomacy.

Despite the deeply negative implications of the personal moral shortcomings of those responsible for the catastrophic conditions in Syria and their seemingly impossible-to-reverse personal positions, considering the exponentially harsher – unimaginable – reality of world war brings about an intensifying of sobriety, concern and sense of urgency rarely felt or experienced in all of world history. There seems no other way of describing the state of Syria and the world today but to say humanity has arrived at an existential, immeasurably important moment of decision, perhaps most clearly conveyed in the words of the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy (1917-1963):

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

(Thank you to Press TV News Videos at YouTube)

Syria: United Nations, World At Moment Of Truth.

By Jerry Alatalo

cropped-world-map1.jpgAlphabet After calling for an emergency meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the representatives of the United States, United Kingdom and France walked out of the meeting while Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari addressed the council. The video below recorded Dr. Jaafari’s address with English translation. The official transcript/record of the Security Council’s over 2-hour meeting is available on the United Nations webite, and here is Dr. Jaafari’s statement to the Council.
I give the floor to the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic. Mr.  Ja’afari  
(Syrian  Arab  Republic) spoke  in Arabic.

With regard to the comments by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, one of the three States that called for this meeting, asserting that Syria is broken  and  about  to  die,  I  would  like  to  reassure  him  that  Syria  has  never been  broken.  His  words  are  tantamount  to  the  dream  of  Satan  to  reach Paradise,  mere dreams or wishful thinking. They are not worthy of a permanent member of the Security Council. As for the three permanent members together, they sounded as if they were rediscovering the wheel. They discovered that  the Syrian  Government  was  trying  to  recapture  Aleppo.  What  a  great  discovery!

As  if  Aleppo  were  a  town in Djibouti or Afghanistan — or in Brazil, for that matter. I reassure them that the Syrian Government will recapture the entire city of Aleppo. If the countries’ of  the  permanent  members  of  the  Security  Council each  have one capital, we have two capitals, Damascus and Aleppo. If Shakespeare or the pioneers of the Theatre of the Absurd, Jean Genet, Adamov, Kaf ka, Kierkegaard and Georges Shehadeh, were to appear among us again, they would have written better tragedies and better plays than they did in their time. They would have never listened  to the lies that are similar to King Lear’s lies. Some of them are mourning the deaths of the very persons that they killed with their own hands. They weep crocodile tears. 

The  same  three  permanent  members  that  called  for  this  urgent  meeting  have  aborted  a  presidential  statement 13 times by striking the Arab-Syrian Army, in  error,  or  through  other  actions.  But  when  a  French  terrorist  named Mohammed  Merah  wreaked  havoc  in  the  French  city  of  Toulouse,  he  was killed  by  300  hundred  bullets  at  the  hands  of  the  security  forces.  They  did well.  However,  in  Syria  we  did  not  call  that  French terrorist a moderate or an individual belonging to a moderate opposition group. Even if Spain were to give  away  the  Basque  region  —  or  France  Corsica;  or  Great Britain Scotland or the United States Texas — the Syrian Government will never relinquish one inch of its territory, in accordance with international law.

At  the  request  of  certain  Council  members,  we  have gathered here today in their attempt to come to the rescue  of  armed  terrorist  groups  that  they  falsely  call  the moderate armed opposition. They do that whenever indications  point  to  the  possibility  that  these  groups,  under  attack  from  the  Syrian  Arab  Army  and  their  allies,  face  defeat.  They  forgot  the  crime  committed  by  the  Nur al-Din  al-Zanki  rebel  group  when  they  beheaded  Abdullah  Issa,  the Palestinian  child,  before  everyone’s  eyes.  At  that  time,  that  rebel  group  was  in control of the Handarat refugee camp with the Al-Nusra Front. We believe that the call for this urgent meeting is  a  message  from  the  countries  that  called  it  to the  Al-Nusra Front and the other terrorist groups, namely, that  their  support  and political  cover  will  continue  unhindered,and that the weapon of terrorism that puts pressure  on  the  Syrian  Government  and  its  allies  will  continue to be effective.

Based   on   our   constitutional   responsibility   to   protect  our  citizens  from  the  acts  of  armed  terrorist  groups,  which  have  inflicted  suffering  on  our  people  in Aleppo, the military operation by the Syrian Army and its allies that began two days ago includes efforts to safeguard the lives of our citizens. They were advised to stay away from positions of the armed terrorist groups and  to  take  all  measures to  facilitate  their  evacuation  and  secure  the  basic  needs  of  a  dignified  life.  Those  measures included even those who were deceived into taking  up  arms  against  the  State.  On  the  other  hand,  the terrorist groups continue to prevent civilians from leaving  Aleppo,  with  a  view  to  using  them  as  human  shields.

We know that Aleppo has more than 2 million inhabitants, with 750,000 persons in east Aleppo. At  the  same  time,  my  country  condemns  the  use  of  internally prohibited  weapons.  We  stress  that  all  military  operations  conducted  by  the  Syrian  army  and  its  allies  on  Syrian  territory  abide  by  the  Charter  of  the  United  Nations  and  the  Council’s  resolutions  on  combating  terrorism.  We  denounce  the  fabricated  accusations levelled by certain members of the Council, in  addition  to  senior  United  Nations  officials,  against  the  Syrian  army  and  its  allies  through  alleging  that  they  use  internationally  prohibited  weapons  or  that  they  deliberately  target  civilians. 

It  is  indeed  odd  that  the Secretary-General and his senior aides would level such  fabricated  and  untrue  accusations,  which  rely  on  false accounts from individuals who are terrorists. They also ignore clear evidence pointing to the repeated use by  armed  terrorist  groups,  including  the  Islamic  State  in  Iraq  and  the  Levant,  of  chemical  weapons  against  military  personnel  and  civilians and  to  the  seizure  of  a chlorine gas factory situated 40 miles from Aleppo. I have received information that terrorists disguised as   Syrian   military   personnel   are   plotting   to   use   dangerous phosphorous-based materials against Syrian civilians. The goal is that Syrian military personnel, as has happened in the past, will be accused of committing such crimes.

They are trying to influence the Council and  public  opinion  by  distributing photographs.  That  dangerous  chemical  material  is  located  in  six  barrels  in  a  warehouse  situated  20  kilometres  from  Aleppo.  On   6   September,   that  warehouse   housing   yellow   phosphorous material was visited by two United States experts. They then left for Turkey. I  am  relaying  to  the  Council  the  information  that  has been given to me, as with hundreds of other items of information in connection with terrorist activities in my country. Those who commit war crimes in Syria are well-known. They are the ones who killed 200 civilians in  the  town  of  Manbij,  bombed  a  school  for  the  deaf  in  Raqqa  and  targeted  the  Syrian  army  in  Deir  ez-Zor.  They  are  backing  Da’esh  and  providing  all  kinds  of  support  for  the  hundreds  of  thousands  of  terrorists  who  have  been  brought  to  Syria  from  more  than  100  countries — according to the reports of the Secretary-General to the Council over numerous years.

More than anyone, we want an end to the bloodshed in  Syria  and  to  the  prolonged  suffering  of  the  Syrian  people.  Accordingly,  we  welcomed  the  United  States-Russia agreement on fighting Da’esh and the Al-Nusra Front  and  their  allies  —  differentiating  between  the  Al-Nusra  Front  and  what  is  known  as  the  “moderate”  armed opposition groups — and ceasing hostilities for one week. While we were committed to the agreement, those  who  employ  terrorist groups  in  Syria  told  them  to  reject  the  agreement.  Immediately  thereafter,  more  than 20 armed terrorist groups rejected it, including the Nur  al-Din  al-Zanki  and  Al-Nusra  groups,  as  well  as  the  Ahrar  Al-Sham.  That  rejection was  accompanied  by targeting the Syrian army on the Castello Road and at various other positions.

They violated the agreement 300 times before it expired, leading to the martyrdom of 200 civilians and 157 military personnel, as well as to hundreds of seriously injured victims. In a deliberate attempt to sabotage the agreement, the military aircraft of what is known as the international coalition   led   by   the   United   States   bombarded   the   positions  of  the  Syrian  Arab  Armed  Forces  fighting  Da’esh  in  Deir  ez-Zor.  That  is  not  the  first  time  that  these  groups  have  committed  such  crimes.  It  is  truly  deplorable  that  certain  members  of  the  Council,  in  addition  to  senior  United  Nations  officials,  including  the Secretary-General, continue to call upon the Syrian Government and its allies to adhere to the cessation of hostilities — despite all kinds of evidence on the ground proving that since the beginning, those countries have been backing armed terrorist groups, which have never wanted and will never want this endeavour to succeed.

That  was  made  abundantly  clear  by  the  violations  of the agreement by the armed terrorist groups and the so-called international coalition, which were directly or indirectly involved. Worse still is that the United States shirked the responsibility of its main obligation, namely, to  differentiate  between  the Al-Nusra  Front  and  those  groups that it insists on classifying as moderate armed opposition groups. That has led to undermining all the progress  achieved  over  five  years  of  the  war  imposed  upon our country, clearly showing the lack of a political will on the part of those who sponsor terrorism to stop the bloodshed — as if the objective were to neutralize the Syrian forces instead of finding a solution.

Is  it  not  now  time  for  those  on  the  Council  who  continue  to  deceive  themselves  and  public  opinion  to  desist  from  protecting  and  supporting  what  they  refer  to  as  the  moderate  armed  opposition?  All  such  armed  groups  are  only  the  different  sides  of  the  same  coin  —  terrorism  —  which  has  had  a  boomerang  effect,  with  attacks,  terrorist  activities  and  extremist  ideologies  in  those  members’  capitals,  owing  to  their  flawed policies and practices. Wouldany representative in  this  Chamber  dare  to  justify  the  support  given  by  Council  members  for  four  years  in  the  form  of  hundreds  of  millions  of  dollars  and  thousands  of  tons  of weaponry to the Nur al-Din al-Zanki terrorist group, which beheaded  that  Palestinian  child  —  an  event  that  the  Security  Council  is  lamenting  today?  That  faction  revealed  the  falsehood  of  Council  members’  political  media   campaigns   that   claim   that   the   faction   is   a   moderate opposition when it declared that it belongs to he Al-Nusra Front.

It is incumbent on certain members of the Council to stop their exploitation of the Syrian people’s suffering, which  they  created  themselves  through  their  military,  political and financial support. The politicization of the Syrian  crisis  will  lead only  to  the  prolongation  of  the  crisis and the worsening of the plight of Syrian people, in  the  service  of  well-vested  narrow  interests,  far  removed  from  humanitarian  goals.  Our  commitment  to  fighting  terrorism  goes  hand  in  hand  with  our  commitment  to  reaching  a  political  solution  through  intra-Syrian talks to be decided by Syrians themselves, who  should  decide  the  future  of  their  country  without  any foreign intervention.With regard to solutions imposed from abroad, they are completely and categorically rejected by the Syrian Government.  In  that  regard,  we  underscore  that  any  political  solution  can  be  successful  only  if  it  provides  the  necessary  conditions  through  intensified  efforts  to  fight  terrorism  and  by  advancing  reconciliation  processes,  which have  been  successful  in  many  of  other regions.

The    international    community    must    therefore    understand  that  the  real war  against  terrorism  has  not  yet  begun.  The  advent  of  the  Syrian  victory  is  imminent. This victory will further the implementation of  Security  Council resolutions  and  the  maintenance  of international peace and security. I have information with regard to what has happened in Deir ez-Zour.

 

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The following is the UN description of what Dr. Jaafari said in the meeting, and an unofficial, for information purposes only summation.

BASHAR JA’AFARI (Syria) said three of the Council’s members had behaved as though they were reinventing the wheel, while with lies being told, crocodile tears shed and 13 violations of a Council presidential statement committed through the bombing of Syrian Armed Forces and other targets.  Aleppo was not just a town, but one of Syria’s capital cities and just as the United States would never give up Texas, his Government would never relinquish an inch of its territory.  With a view to protecting citizens from armed terrorist groups, the Syrian Armed Forces and its allies had responded, including taking measures to help civilians leave Aleppo, which had a population of 2 million.  Condemning the use of internationally prohibited weapons, he denounced allegations made by certain Council members about his Government’s use of such weapons and the deliberate targeting of civilians.  The armed groups’ actions, including their seizure of a chlorine gas factory 40 kilometres from Aleppo, had meanwhile been ignored.  He referred to a report that terrorist groups were now planning to use phosphorous gas and blame its use on the Syrian Armed Forces, he underlined that his country had continuously reported such illegal acts to the Council.

Welcoming the recent United States-Russian Federation agreement, he said his Government supported the ceasefire.  Yet, those States that were “employing” terrorist groups in Syria had seen that more than 20 armed groups had rejected the agreement, including Nusrah Front, thereby sabotaging the ceasefire.  The international coalition had bombarded the Syrian Armed Forces, who were positioned to fight Da’esh.  While some Council members and senior officials had continued to call on the Government to support progress, he said the reality on the ground clearly demonstrated that it was the terrorist groups and their supporters that were hampering such efforts.  As a result, those efforts had been undermined, showing the absence of the required political will to find a solution of those who were sponsoring the bloodbath.  It was time for the Council to stop the moderate armed groups, whose actions amounted to terrorism.  He asked if any member in the Chamber would have the courage to stop Nur al-Din al-Zanki, an armed group that had declared allegiance to Nusrah Front.  The Syrian people’s suffering must end, and the politicization of the crisis would only prolong the crisis.

Mr. DE MISTURA, responding to one question that he called “clearly precise” and “clearly erased” by the Russian Federation’s delegate, said he was guided by resolution 2254 (2016).  He had in the past witnessed refusals for active direct talks from the agency that did set preconditions.  He said he did ask the Ambassador who was also the representative of the Government in Geneva if they wanted to have at that time direct talks with current delegations.  “You, Mr. Ambassador did indicate that you did not want to discuss with terrorists or their representatives.”  The political process could not be hostage to the security environment.  During “that special day” on 9 September of long, detailed discussions with the Russian Federation and United States, he said he made a statement that said that the United Nations hoped that its implementation would facilitate renewed efforts to reach a Syrian-owned and -led arrangement.  Regarding when he would send the invitation for renewed talks, he said it would be for direct talks.

Mr. JA’AFARI (Syria) said that when the Geneva II conference was held with a view to preparing for the Geneva IV conference, Jordan was tasked with determining which groups were terrorists and which were not, and Saudi Arabia with who pertained to the opposition and who did not.  Yet, neither Jordan nor Saudi Arabia had prepared such a definition.  Terrorists were invited to the Geneva conference, but they were excluded afterwards because everyone found out they were terrorists.  “Syrians went to Geneva and would return to Geneva to engage in an inter-Syrian dialogue, not an inter-terrorist dialogue,” he said.  The Special Envoy had to gather that information.  His Government was not prepared to negotiate with terrorists; it would only negotiate with one united opposition that truly desired a Syria without any external interference.  “The Syrian Government is prepared to return to Geneva and to resume the dialogue, but not with the deaf, the mute, nor the blind.  We want to resume the dialogue with nationals like us who don’t have an external agenda and engage with Governments that use them in cheap tricks.”

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In regard to the over five (5) years of wars, killing and destruction which has devastated Syria, and while discovering, specifying and acknowledging those guilty of major war crimes – the United Nations and the world has reached an absolute, profound and decisive moment of truth.

(Thank you to The Syrian Mission to the United Nations at YouTube)

Prosecute The Sponsors Of Terrorism.

By Jerry Alatalo

Image: Journal.Georgetown.edu
Image: Journal.Georgetown.edu

Alphabet Journalist for RT Caleb Maupin had a brief interview of Syria’s United Nations Ambassador Bashar Jaafari in New York City recently. The Syrian people’s six (6) year nightmare continues, and it remains unknown whether a sufficient percentage of humanity will learn the truth quickly enough to act in preventing the potential outbreak of world war. For most men and women who’ve been paying attention to the horrific events and conditions experienced by the Syrian people starting in 2011 until today, it is clear that terrorist militias who have created a literal hell-on-Earth in that nation are in fact paid mercenaries traveling from some one hundred (100) countries.

If any man or woman reading these words were to pay others to destroy the property of their neighbors, inflict upon them severe physical and/or psycho-spiritual injury, or outright murder them in the most gruesome manner imaginable, that man or woman would face arrest, prosecution and severe punishment matching the level of the crime(s). For some reason, if groups of criminals pay others to carry out the same harmful actions on an exponentially larger scale, as has occurred in Syria for nearly six (6) years, it seems calls for swift justice are nowhere to be heard.

ISIS, al Nusra and the hundreds of other paid mercenary killing groups (estimated at 100,000 fighters) operating in Syria since 2011 have allegedly received training, arms, pay, sustenance and other aid from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel the United States and nations in Europe. Astonishingly, in the months and years since 2011, no individual(s) or groups have become identified, arrested and prosecuted for sponsoring the terrorists – who have engaged in a violent death-and-destruction rampage throughout Syria. Are the world’s most highly respected intelligence and investigative agency professionals that substandard or incompetent in the battle – the so-called “War On Terror” –  against the oft-stated greatest threat now facing civilization?

A truly immeasurable, historic, criminal deception has become foisted upon the world’s people. There are millions of men, women and children of Syria who have suffered incalculable horrific pain, injury and death as a result. Prosecute the sponsors of terrorism.

(Thank you to Caleb Maupin at YouTube)