Monday, May 16, 2011

Why was Strauss-Kahn Arrested but W. & Cheney went Free?

Why was Strauss-Kahn Arrested but W. & Cheney went Free? by Juan Cole

"What is it about the United States that makes for harsh prosecutions over sex crimes but lets leaders off the hook when it comes to war crimes?


I agree entirely with Greenwald that it is dangerous to let members of the Bush administration off the hook for their war crimes (which go beyond the initial transgression of launching a war of aggression with no UNSC sanction). There is no difference in principle between what Bush and Cheney did and what Slobodan Milosevic did, except that we live in a hypocritical world of victor’s justice. To shield the rich and powerful makes a mockery of Chapter 7"

Breaking the Gaza Embargo and Israeli Piracy by Huwaida Arraf, Noam Chomsky and Gabriel Schivone

"Threatening to hijack boats in international waters and kill or kidnap passengers is, of course, a serious crime. But Israel’s threats and actual uses of force are nothing new. For decades, Israel has been hijacking international vessels throughout the Mediterranean and kidnapping or killing passengers. To understand the current situation involving civil resistance to Israeli policy, a glance at Israel’s aggressive history in international waters is in order."


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