(Examiner) – Laws are meant to be perfectly clear and followed; especially those to save human beings from the scourge of war. The UN Charter are those laws, fortified with treaty status that under the US Constitution puts the Charter equal in authority to US law. The problem is that when political “leadership” of both parties want war, and then engage their propaganda minions in corporate media disclosed in the 1975 Church Senate Committee as “Operation Mockingbird,” Americans can easily be dis-informed. After all, Americans witness few wars and not many of us study the UN Charter to clearly understand lawful and unlawful wars.
In comparison, Americans witness a lot of sports and many study their rules. If during the Super Bowl, a defensive lineman grabbed the ball while the offense was in their huddle, passed it to the free safety at the sidelines who then ran into the endzone, Americans could never be fooled by a propagandist announcer and “referees” that what occurred was a touchdown. We would know the game was rigged and what happened on the field was not even close to legal.
But regarding the mostly-unknown rules for lawful and unlawful war of the UN Charter, Americans’ faith in good government and honest media has been insidiously turned against them to manipulate their payment of taxes and enlistment to fight in wars that are as close to legal as our football example.
The UN Charter has been a public document for 65 years, is written in simple language, and was designed in letter and spirit to be crystal-clear in its provisions to forever end war as a foreign policy option. This fact, like a rule in football, is open to anyone’s verification. As in football when people have just a little experience in understanding the rule, egregious violations become impossible to commit without being caught. However, a well-designed law or rule is worthless if it’s not widely known, not honored, and not enforced.
Leges Sine Moribus Vanae
Laws without morals are in vane. – Horace, Book III, ode 24
As an educator in law and government, I’ve developed the following two analogies to help people understand the UN Charter limitations for use of force, and how war with Iraq and potentially Iran are unlawful in Orwellian magnitude.
In the first, I’ll do so with one paragraph of allegorical history, one paragraph of allegorical legal history, one paragraph of legal analysis, and one paragraph concerning Iran. I’ll provide article links after the allegory with the documentation of what’s really happened with the US, Iraq and Iran.
Uncle Sam had a Machiavellian history of 40 years with Saddam; a history that included mutually-agreed political assassinations and business transactions worth billions in profits. Sam supplied material assistance to Saddam in attacking his neighbor, Mahmoud, from 1980-1988 after Mahmoud refused dictatorship from Sam over billions in product profits. Sam had previously unlawfully taken over Mahoud’s business from 1953-1979. After further complex history between Sam and Saddam, Saddam began selling his product for currencies other than Sam’s.
In response, Sam claimed Saddam had deadly weapons with the intent to use them. Saddam had a previous conviction and was forbidden to possess such weapons, but had reneged to be searched after Sam made public statements that “someone” should assassinate Saddam. When Sam threatened to attack Saddam because of his alleged weapons and refusal to be legally searched, Saddam agreed to a full search. While the police were searching Saddam, with no weapons found and when the search was almost complete, Sam shot and killed Saddam.
Sam claims legal self-defense. He explains that the law allows the police to shoot dangerous people with weapons. Sam says that because he had “credible intelligence” Saddam had weapons he was certain to use, Sam was justified in killing Saddam and “making the world a safer place.” The facts that Saddam was being searched by the police, that the police have the authority to do the shooting and not Sam (unless Sam was under imminent threat of Saddam shooting, which Sam admits was not the case), and that the police explicitly reminded Sam that the law between the two of them is a “cease-fire” that only the police have the authority to manage, are all somehow immaterial in Sam’s argument. In fact, Sam insists people like Saddam simply hate freedom.
In 2004, Mahmoud began selling his product for multiple currencies rather than exclusively in Sam’s currency. Sam escalated threatening rhetoric to attack Mahmoud because he claims Mahmoud has secret deadly weapons with the intent to use them. The police regularly search Mahmoud and have never found evidence of any weapon. Sam also says Mahmoud threatens to destroy his friend, Benjamin, to “wipe him off the map.” The source of the accusation is a speech Mahmoud made about Benjamin’s abuses of his neighbor, with the transcript proving Mahmoud made no threat, that Sam apparently is again looking for unlawful control over Mahmoud’s business, and that Sam is obviously lying. Despite the facts, Sam continues his allegations that Mahmoud is dangerous, saying “the clock is ticking,” and the time for talk is coming to an end.
You live in or near a metropolitan area with a population close to one million people. On September 11, 2001, an explosion kills ten people (the proportion of Americans killed that day). Your mayor, Dick Tator, and media blame “terrorists” who reside in a city from another state and demand extradition. The mayor of Afghan City expresses condolences for the loss of life and asks Dick for evidence of the blamed group’s involvement in the crime. The FBI claim jurisdiction and ask all states to cooperate to discover who committed this crime for their arrest and prosecution. Dick Tator refuses to provide evidence. Instead, he takes the following actions against Afghan City, nearby Tigres City, and Persian City (identical population to your city for comparison purposes):
Invades Afghan City. The attack affects everyone, with approximately 1,000 killed and 5,000 wounded. In proportion, 100 times more Afghans are killed than the 9/11 attacks, completely against FBI jurisdiction and orders, and in complete violation of law.
Invades nearby Tigres City. The attack causes the deaths of 50,000 with nearly a quarter of the population injured. Tigres City had nothing to do with 9/11, and the FBI had expressly ordered a ceasefire from a previous conflict.
Threatens to attack Persian City because their mayor is a threat to peace. The FBI regularly inspects the alleged threat and finds no evidence of the alleged threat. Dick Tator lies about Persian City’s mayor’s statements about the human rights violations of another city as further evidence of Persian City’s threat to peace.
If the above acts took place where we took the law seriously, the first death and injury of Afghan City would have sparked outrage among their residents and immediate demand from federal troops to arrest Dick Tator, stop the attack, and your city’s officials and media would be subject to massive criminal and civil consequences for mass murder.
The UN Charter offers the same protection from harm to nations as local laws protect individuals from murder by a mayor.
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Local perspective: Part of my professional duties as a teacher of economics and government is to produce competent adult citizenry. This includes realization that our nation’s policies and money are managed at a broad community level, and these issues have tremendous local impact. Of course, we all want human beings to be individually successful and enjoy their unique, beautiful and powerful self-expressions. Concurrently, we recognize our commitment to local success is strongly dependent upon the success of the community, and that government policy and economics are drivers.
Our status in early 21st
Century human history is that we suffer from a long history in government and money of human interrelationship well-described as vicious antagonism
. Governments frequently use war as a foreign policy, despite its illegality
and dependent upon public ignorance, with horrific consequences. Economic policy is still created within a “Robber Baron” paradigm to concentrate money to an elite few families. Two examples:
1. National taxes effect you dearly, especially the tax to pay interest on the national debt. This costs the American public over $400 billion every year. This is $4,000 per year for every $50,000 of income. Do the math to understand your household’s tax burden for a monetary policy invented by banks for banks to create our money supply as debt. Your competence in this area contributes to our collective voice to simply shift monetary policy to easily pay the national debt
, enjoy full employment
, collectively save us over a trillion dollars every year
, and finally realize what our brightest American minds have been advocating for centuries
beginning with Benjamin Franklin. This would have unprecedented local benefits, and requires collective power to accomplish.
2. Ending poverty everywhere on our planet
would cost just 0.7% of our income and save a million children’s lives every month. This human accomplishment will cause unimaginable joy at our local level.
“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in the world. Now the judgment of God is upon us and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.”
–Inscription on Dr. Martin Luther King’s statue, Moorehouse College, Atlanta
“The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution.” — poet Federico García Lorca
I appreciate your attention to these facts and encourage your further study and action consistent with your own self-expression. My recommendations:
Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King
advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:
- Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. The current US wars are not even close to being lawful. Those involved with US military, government, and law enforcement have an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution, not “always place the mission first.” To fulfill their oath they must immediately refuse and end all orders associated with unlawful wars and military-related constant violation of treaties.
- End the transfer of trillions of American taxpayer money to banksters and admitted as “lost” by our military. End poverty through global cooperation to achieve the UN Millennium Goals by developed countries investing 0.7% of their income. Support global security through cooperation, dignity, justice, and freedom. Create a US Department of Peace to help.
- Communicate. Trust your unique, beautiful, and powerful self-expression to share as you feel appropriate. Understand that while many people are ready to embrace difficult facts, many are not. Anticipate that you will be attacked and prepare your virtuous response in the spirit of competition, just as you do in other fields.
- Prosecute the war leaders for obvious violation of the letter and spirit of US war laws. Because the crimes are so broad and deep, I recommend Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) to exchange full truth and return of stolen US assets for non-prosecution. This is the most expeditious way to understand and end all unlawful and harmful acts. Those who reject T&R are subject to prosecution.
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Please consider that I’m among hundreds of writers who have documented our own government’s disclosure of propaganda programs to support their wars
. I suspect my articles are under such propagandistic attack from comments that use typical rhetorical fallacies to distract readers from the facts. I invite readers to sharpen their ability to discern such propaganda. They are characterized by a combination of: never addressing the facts, diverting attention through unsubstantiated belief in an alleged expert, irrelevant data, straw-man attack that distorts the facts, ad hominem
attack of insults to the messenger, vile comments to repulse readers, and lies of omission and commission.
I will use such comments to point-out the propaganda or delete them at my discretion. Again, all relevant and polite questions, and factually accurate comments are welcome. As a professional educator I’m in agreement with my experience and research: we learn best from multiple perspectives in mutual commitment to understand the facts, see those facts from diverse points-of-view, and consider various policy proposals of what we should do.
For those involved in support of US government-sponsored disinformation, I invite you to consider the quality of human relationships you wish to work toward. National security and a brighter future is not a function of fear, manipulation, and control. Our best security follows cooperation, justice under the law, dignity, and freedom. Working for your best imagined self-expression of virtue may include a unique contribution from the inside of your agency. Public attraction to the stories of Star Wars and the Harry Potter books/movies recognize that our society’s jump to civilized relations for all of us might require support from people within the “dark side” acting as covert agents for building a brighter future. Another option is becoming a whistle-blower; Project Camelot
is a popular venue for people in sensitive positions. Ultimately, I recommend a Truth and Reconciliation
process to exchange full truth for no prosecution, explained in detail at the link. Please consider the wisdom of your own “Scrooge conversion” to act for the benefit of all humanity rather than your self-proclaimed controlling, manipulating, and loveless “masters.”
“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”