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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Not everyone wants to let stand and move on from war crimes and war criminals

Persisting impunity nullifies law giving permanence to lawlessness
Editing, excerpting, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

The trial of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair would greatly contribute to the prevention of wars and war crimes in the future and would go a long way toward ensuring peaceful co-existence among the world’s states and nations. Press TV documentaries airs an insightful and in-depth piece titled “International War Crimes and War Criminals” in which  international law professor and activist Francis Boyle is a main speaker.

U.S. in Iraq
At the documentaries’ website is this overview

“International War Criminals” looks at the legal bases of the U.S. and UK-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 through an interview with the renowned international criminal law expert, Francis Boyle.

International War Crimes:

U.S. in Iraq
The terrorist events of 9/11 led to drastic changes in the U.S. foreign policy, especially with regard to the Middle East.

Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the U.S. and UK invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

U.S. in Afghanistan
Two years later (March 20, 2003), they launched a military invasion on Iraq.

Apart from the fact that these invasions were illegitimate under international law, the war crimes committed by occupying troops in these countries gave new dimensions to international law violations by the United States, its key ally the United Kingdom, their senior officials; and above all, George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

espite the wide range of war crimes during the U.S. and UK’s
invasion on Iraq and Afghanistan,” the United Nations Security Council took no measures toward prosecuting “the main criminals, Bush and Blair.”

U.S. in Afghanistan
UNSC note in 2011 Global Research article “The United Nations Security Council: An Organization for Injustice” by international journalist Kourosh Ziabari

“Since its very inception in 1946,” Kourosh Ziabari wrote,the United Nations Security Council has demonstrated that it cannot be trusted as a podium of justice for the world countries ─ especially the oppressed and defenseless nations ─ as it merely pursues the interests of its small bloc of five permanent members, and undemocratically discriminates against a multitude of countries that have no say in policies directly affecting them.

he United Nations Security Council has five permanent members ─ China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States ─ who are free to exercise their right of veto whenever they wish, and nobody can question the legitimacy or justifiability of this approach.

Several international organizations, lawyers and lawmakers, journalists, politicians and even statesmen have put forward alternatives to the right of veto wielded by the Big 5, but all of their efforts have been in vain, as the UNSC has showed the least flexibility with regards to the reformation of its autocratic and undemocratic structure.

“Interestingly,” Ziabari observes, “all of the permanent members of the UNSC are the countries from whom we have long gotten used to hearing claims of being ‘pioneers of democracy and freedom’. However, in their approaches implemented over the past fifty years and in the manner of their interactions with other countries of the world, one can hardly trace the footsteps of democratic and civilized behavior.

Unfortunately, the United Nations Security Council has become an instrument for the five superpowers to further their political will in the arena of international politics and to alter the political equations according to their interests.

They veto the resolutions in which the interests of their allies are endangered and put forward a draft resolution whenever their interests are jeopardized; they pressure the rest of the members to vote their way.
“The impunity of UN Security Council members should be abolished. [Members] should not be able to make any decision they want, and get away with it.” Without significant reform, the UNSC “will forever remain an organization of injustice and bias.”

Press TV’s International War Crimes and War Criminals’ documentary overview continues

olitical considerations and the interests of governments are determining factors in conducting criminal investigations and holding court sessions. And while it cannot be denied that the establishment of such courts plays a significant role in the development of contemporary international law ─

The trial of Bush and Blair would greatly contribute to the prevention of wars and war crimes in the future and to ensuring peaceful co-existence among states and nations.

International Law Professor Francis Boyle

Professor Francis Boyle
Over his career, Professor Boyle has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics. He has represented national and international bodies including the Blackfoot Nation (Canada), the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation, as well as numerous individual death penalty and human rights cases. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and biological warfare.

Though currently a lecturer in international law at the University of Illinois’s College of Law, Professor Francis Boyle is an internationally recognized expert who serves as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine. He also represents two associations of citizens within Bosnia and was instrumental in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Professor Boyle is Attorney of Record for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, conducting its legal affairs on a worldwide scale.

From 1991-92, Professor Boyle served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International and as a consultant to the American Friends Services Committee and on the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics.

He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by U.S. President George H.W. Bush. (Story told in his book Biowarfare and Terrorism, 2005).

His books include: Breaking All the Rules: Palestine, Iraq, Iran and the Case for Impeachment; Protesting Power: War, Resistance and Law; and Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations (1898-1922)

International journalist Kourosh Ziabari

 Kourosh Ziabari
As an international journalist, Kourosh Ziabari’s “main concern,” according to his website, “is to portray a realistic and unbiased image of Iran to the global public as opposed to the prejudiced and partial depiction of his country by the Western mainstream media. He is opposed to the unilateral and unjustifiable sanctions of the United States and European states against Iran, which he believes are taking a heavy toll on the ordinary Iranian citizens and making their daily life more throbbing and painful every day. He is an advocate of Persian culture and civilization and believes that Iran enjoys a rich cultural heritage which is matchless and unparalleled in the world.”

Kourosh Ziabari has interviewed several high-ranking politicians, academicians, media personalities and writers; and his articles and interviews have appeared in a variety of international newspapers, magazines, journals and news websites including Press TV, Tehran Times, Iran Review, Al-Arabiya,Your Middle East, Silvia Cattori, Counter Currents, Voltaire Network, Strategic Culture Foundation, Veterans Today, Foreign Policy Journal, Global Research, The 4th Media, Online Opinion, Counter Punch, Istanbul Literary Review, Turkish Weekly Journal, Ovi Magazine, Baltimore Chronicle, Fars News Agency, Arab News, The Nation (Pakistan), Arab Media Internet Network, Compass Culture, Asian EFL Journal, Rebelion, Middle East Online, Foreign Policy In Focus, New Age Islam, Salem News, Information Clearing House, Intrepid Report, United Progressives, Dissident Voice, Media Monitors, Arab Online, International Policy Digest, Mehr News Agency, Info Palestine, QW Magazine, DeLiberation, The Public Record and many others.

Since 2009, Ziabari has started to conduct exclusive interviews with prominent scientists of the world for Daneshmand magazine and has so far published his interviews with more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates in physics, chemistry and medicine.

Kourosh Ziabari worked temporarily with the Spain-based Tlaxcala international translators’ network for linguistic diversity and also worked with the World Student Community for Sustainable Development when he was an undergraduate student. He also joined the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing and has been its member since 2008. He was born April 27, 1990, in the northern Iranian city of Rasht and was involved in journalistic activities from an early age.

Sources and notes

“International War Crimes, International War Criminals,” Press TV Documentaries, http://www.presstv.ir/doc/InternationalWarCrimes-IRAQ.html#Intl. War Criminals

At “Bush to the Hague,” http://www.bushtothehague.org/francis-a-boyle/

Professor Francis A. Boyle has requested that the International Criminal Court Prosecutor obtain International Arrest Warrants for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales.(Wikipedia article)

 “The United Nations Security Council: An Organization for Injustice” (Kourosh Ziabari, Global Research), January 20, 2011, http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-united-nations-security-council-an-organization-for-injustice/22875

About Kourosh Ziabari, http://kouroshziabari.com/about/; Welcome to Kourosh Ziabari’s world! http://kouroshziabari.com/


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