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)

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

Stephen Gowans’ outstanding writing on the root causes of the Syrian conflict offers a thorough and timely contribution to understanding that extremely important, dangerous, heart-breaking and horrendous tragedy of humanity.

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October 22, 2016

Apparently, the US Left has yet to figure out that Washington doesn’t try to overthrow neoliberals. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were a devotee of the Washington Consensus–as Counterpunch’s Eric Draitser seems to believe–the United States government wouldn’t have been calling since 2003 for Assad to step down. Nor would it be overseeing the Islamist guerilla war against his government; it would be protecting him.

By Stephen Gowans

There is a shibboleth in some circles that, as Eric Draitser put it in a recent Counterpunch article, the uprising in Syria “began as a response to the Syrian government’s neoliberal policies and brutality,” and that “the revolutionary content of the rebel side in Syria has been sidelined by a hodgepodge of Saudi and Qatari-financed jihadists.” This theory appears, as far as I can tell, to be based on argument by assertion, not evidence.

Mass demonstration in support of Syria's secular Arab nationalist government, 2011. Mass demonstration in support of…

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Syria “Fact Checker”: U.S., West Assertions Defy Reality.

By Jerry Alatalo

steinAlphabet Peter Ford, Britain’s Ambassador to Bahrain (1999-2003) and Syria (2003-2006), holds a different perspective of Syria than either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Perhaps Mr. Ford can act as one of Ms. Clinton’s “fact checkers” so she’ll share the full truth with the American people during Wednesday’s 3rd (Jill Stein-free) and final presidential debate with Mr. Trump. Why does it feel as if a lot of otherwise well-informed people don’t see that occurring, and, for the majority of Americans totally uninformed and/or lied to about Syria – couldn’t care less?

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair and their war criminal accomplices lied the world into war with Iraq in 2003. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, David Cameron, Hillary Clinton and their respective war criminal accomplices lied the world into destroying Libya in 2011. Despite the clear evidence of a pattern of major criminal deception by America’s “deep state” – described and referenced a million times since articulated by U.S. General Wesley Clark, attacking and overthrowing “seven countries in five years” – expect the same deception from Clinton and Trump in “debate” #3.

Neither Clinton or Trump will mention Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and U.S./Western support – from the start of the war on Syria in 2011 until today – for ISIS, al Nusra (al Qaeda) and dozens of other mercenary terrorist groups, with fighters coming from some 80-100 countries outside Syria. Do not expect either Clinton or Trump to place the blame for the humanitarian catastrophe inflicted upon the people of Syria where it belongs: foreign fighters/terrorists and the war criminal leaders in nations responsible for paying, arming, training, supplying and directing them.

Clinton calls for a no-fly zone in Syria which straight out means war with Syria and Russia. Most Americans will hear Clinton’s no-fly zone proposal and think: “Hey, that’s good… no more bombs raining down on the kids in Syria…” Donald Trump will fail, again, to correct Clinton’s twisted no-fly zone narrative and tell the American people it means war with Syria and Russia, possibly escalating to world war, the use of nuclear weapons, and the unthinkable.

Absent a political miracle in the remaining 22 days until election day where Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka pull off the greatest upset in U.S. presidential election history, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. That both deny legitimate candidates having the mathematical chance of winning the opportunity to debate, and that both will likely continue to flat-out lie about Syria to millions of Americans watching the final debate – should result in a lot of people in the U.S. and around the Earth putting forth serious prayers seeking the miraculous.

(Thank you to GoingUndergroundRT at YouTube)

War, Peace, 2016 And Bob Dylan.


Masters of War

Come you masters of war – you that build the big guns
You that build the death planes – you that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls – you that hide behind desks
I just want you to know I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’ but build to destroy
You play with my world like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand and you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther when the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old you lie and deceive
A world war can be won – you want me to believe
But I see through your eyes and I see through your brain
Like I see through the water that runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers for the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch when the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion while the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear that can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children into the world
For threatening my baby unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood that runs in your veins

How much do I know to talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young, you might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question: Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?
I think you will find when your death takes its toll
All the money you made will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die, and your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket by the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave ’til I’m sure that you’re dead

(Thank you to Craig Sherrick at YouTube)