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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THOUGHTS ON GADDAFI’S KILLING   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Well, the day before, Hillary Clinton said in Libya the United States would welcome his killing.

It doesn’t get too much shabbier than that.

Her brutal words reminded me of Donald Rumsfeld’s statement, early on in Afghanistan, that all the Taleban prisoners should either be walled away or killed.

And, what do know, a short time later, 3,000 prisoners the U.S. had held disappeared.

We know today they were driven out in batches in sealed vans onto the desert to suffocate. Then their bodies were dumped into mass graves.

Americans didn’t do the actually murders, they just facilitated and encouraged them. Its soldiers – who were in charge everywhere – just stood around picking their noses while mass murder was carried out.

America is up to its hips in blood, and there no longer seems to be much in the way of limits.

Gaddafi’s blood is definitely on Hillary’s hands. I knew she was a rather nasty piece of work, but now she is a murderer.

As is her boss with his 2 to 3 thousand killings in Pakistan in the last couple of years, virtually all of them civilians.

There’s no use pretending that only bloody dictators will be subject to extra-judicial killing in future.

Indeed, the United States has over the years been close friends and patrons of many dictators, and it still is today.

It’s just a question of whether the leader or a group of people toe the American policy line in deciding whether they will be attacked.

The emerging nightmare scenario is the United States playing God across the entire planet, striking down anyone who disagrees seriously enough with it.

This is not a time for exultation over the death of a dictator, but shame and profound concern about the nature of our children’s world.
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“The purpose of a trial is to determine guilt

“Perhaps there are only a dozen or so people in the world who so blatantly admit their crimes to the world that a trial would be unnecessary.”

You could not be more incorrect.

A trial is never, never unnecessary, full stop.

The purpose of a trial also is very much to proclaim that there is rule of law and openness in handing out justice – indeed, that part of the meaning of trials is far more important than determining guilt.

Only people or countries with something to hide encourage this kind of lawlessness, and that very much is the case for the United States.

We either have a society of laws, or we do not. You cannot have it both ways.

Although both the United States and Israel very much act as though they can.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE FALSE IDEA THAT VICTORY IN LIBYA MOVES US TOWARDS A MORE HUMANE WORLD   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

I’ve always thought highly of Lloyd Axworthy, but this piece seems out of character for him, or so it seems to me.

“In Libya, we move toward a more humane world…”

I just can not accept that, and I think the words should choke in Mr. Axworthy’s throat: they are dangerous words, hiding many ugly assumptions.

First, NATO planes have likely killed as many civilians as Gaddafi has. The average reader has to imagine the scale of destruction because the mainline news sources have worked to minimize what has gone on, but the total air-assault by fighter-bombers, heavy bombers, and cruise missiles has been massive. Britain actually was running low for a while on its stock of cruise missiles, and the U.S. has employed everything from B-52s to stealth bombers.

Second, the bombardment has consistently been used for attempted assassination or assassination, either of Gaddafi or his sons, a la Israel’s brutal armed forces. We do not gain a more humane world that way. Quite the opposite, we open the doors of hell.

Third, In any case, you cannot bomb your way to democracy.

Fourth, the original United Nations resolution has been treated as a piece of toilet paper by NATO: creating a no-fly zone has nothing whatsoever to do the massive bombardment NATO has inflicted on Libya.

Contempt for international law and order is certainly not the way towards a more humane world.

The tactics used in Libya are almost exactly those the U.S. used in Afghanistan: American planes bombed the crap out of Taleban-held areas and left the ground fighting almost exclusively to the tribes of the Northern Alliance.

So they not only killed thousands and thousands of civilians in Afghanistan – bombing being everywhere and always inaccurate –  they ended by setting up a government of the cutthroats and warlords of the Northern Alliance in the provinces, people who in many ways are not one wit more desirable from a democratic-values point of view. The central government has almost no authority over them. Afghanistan having no history of meaningful central authority.

And we do see the results in Afghanistan of ten years of killing and destruction: little of real meaning to democratic values has changed, and the waste of life and treasure are totally unjustified.

Last, we know virtually nothing about the forces of the rebels. It was a dark joke for John Baird to make a brief stopover, shake a few pre-selected hands, and make pompous pronouncements.

In the last weeks we saw all kinds of shenanigans in the rebel camp, from the assassination of a military leader to the leaving of a bunch of ministers. We do not know what is going on, but we are readily killing for it. Why?

Libya has oil in significant amounts favorably located for Europe, and the U.S. and its major NATO partners have used the excuse of the rebels to place that oil in grateful hands while at the same time eliminating a leader they have always disliked for reasons having nothing to do with democracy or human rights.

Please remember, the U.S. is always glad to deal with brutal, unelected men – Mubarak in Egypt for 30 years, the leaders in Yemen and Bahrain, the kings of Saudi Arabia, the king of Kuwait, Hussein in Iraq, and on and on – so long as they do commit the crime of failing to toe the line of American policy.

Hardly the stuff of a more humane world.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: LONDON RIOTS – WHAT THEY MEAN – A SARCASTIC VIEW OF THEM IN LIGHT OF OTHER ACTIVITIES BY BRITAIN – GADDAFI RECOGNITION   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES BY CLIVE CROOK

I’m not sure why these many people are rioting.

But I very much like the idea that Gaddafi apparently has recognized them as the legitimate government of Britain.

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I think you are still too young, Clive Crook, to have an accurate perspective on this.

The truth is that we are just chimpanzees with big brains, the brains largely serving to expand our opportunities for mayhem.

Perhaps a tenth of humanity thinks and reacts as you do, as civilized and thoughtful and decent.

I wish it were a larger portion, but I know to a certainty it’s not.

If you think the London riots or people defecating in an alley are bad, try imagining what the people of Iraq have experienced in the last decade, their entire advanced Arab society set back for a generation and perhaps a million dead and no jobs or opportunity left.

Or what the people of Vietnam experienced in the 1960s and ’70s when the world’s most advanced nation spent countless billions bombing, napalming, and poisoning them, leaving their land a hideous mess for decades to come, and all for absolutely nothing but political superstition?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: REPORTS OF GADDAFI USING VIAGRA ON TROOPS TO PROMOTE RAPE – PUT THIS UNDER THE CATEGORY GROTESQUE PROPAGANDA   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN THE INDEPENDENT
Gaddafi is not a nice guy, but I don’t believe this nonsense about promoting rape with Viagra for one moment.

It smacks of the known-fraudulent story of Hussein’s troops ripping babies from respirators in Kuwait.

Indeed, there is an absurd aspect to this one.

Viagra gives men an erection, full stop. It does not affect the mental aspects of sexual desire.

The story certainly serves to divert attention from the West’s grotesque abuse of the UN Resolution, skipping from creating a no-fly zone, to killing many civilians and attempting to murder Gaddafi.

Gaddafi is hated by some of the West’s leaders for various reasons, but certainly not because he is a tyrant or works against human rights.

From the point of view of tyranny, he has never behaved worse than a number of the West’s “friends,” and that certainly includes the country which could kill 1335 Palestinian children since 2000, conduct bloody piracy on the high seas, and keep a secret nuclear weapons establishment.

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Rape, in case anyone missed the fact, has always, always been part of war.

From Troy and the fall of the Roman Empire to the Soviets rolling over Germany and the Irgun’s work in Palestine, rape is part of the story.

The notion of boy-scout soldiers, so common in American popular culture, is simply delusional, fostered time and again by the press and the governments who embrace war as a regular policy.

Apart from the rather indiscriminate draft still used in many countries to fill the ranks, men often join the military because they seek ‘action’ and adventure, and a significant proportion always are sociopaths, drawn to the attraction of situations in which their bloody dreams may be acted out.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ANDREW PORTER WRITES THAT A “PARANOID” GADDAFI HIDES IN HOSPITALS – THE LIBYAN MISSION HAS BECOME BRUTALLY GROTESQUE   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY ANDREW PORTER IN THE TELEGRAPH

This is an abuse of language and logic.

There is nothing paranoid about seeking safety when someone is genuinely trying to kill you.

NATO planes and missiles have bombed Gaddafi’s compound on several occasions, killing his son once.

NATO – and of course that is just a fig leaf term for the United States – has completely distorted the UN mandate for a no-fly zone into a bomb-anything-that-moves effort, including the leader of the country.

It’s the purest abuse of power to be doing this, entering into a civil war with high-tech, low-risk (for us) killing machines, trying to tip the balance against a man we don’t like.

Gaddafi is not a pleasant man, but then neither are the last few prime ministers of Israel, men who have killed more civilians almost certainly than Gaddafi has.

And places like Bahrain are just forgotten despite leaders who are every bit as ready to shoot people down in the streets.

There is nothing about this whole enterprise that has anything to do with human rights or democratic values.