August 19, 2009
The President of the US swears to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution (article VI, paragraph 2) states: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land." One of the most important treaties is that governing when a nation may go to war. After 20th century wars that killed over 100 million human beings, the UN was formed to eliminate war as a foreign policy option The UN Charter is registered in the US State Department as a Treaty in Force.
Therefore, one of the most important Constitutional duties of any US President is to follow the law to not unleash the worldís most powerful destructive force and to defend innocent civilians from such onslaught and misery. This is also one of the most important laws for citizens to understand and hold their political leadership accountable for ethical behavior and demand prosecution in its violation.
On August 17, 2009 President Obama again defended the US invasion of Afghanistan
. He called it "fundamental to the defense of our people," and said, "
But we must never forget this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans."
The US legal argument that the invasion of Afghanistan is not a War of Aggression is that the US actions in Afghanistan are defensive. A War of Aggression is defined as a non-defensive war that is unauthorized by the UN Security Council. Osama bin Laden was being protected by the Taliban Afghan government, which made them co-terrorists demonstrating intent to inflict another 9/11 upon the US. This legal opinion of "defensive action" supersedes the opinion of the UN Security Council, who did not authorize use of force.
Letís review the history of the US invasion of Afghanistan before we analyze the US claim that this is a defensive war. After the attacks of 9/11, the US government requested the cooperation of the Afghanistan government for extradition of Osama bid Laden to be charged with the 9/11 attacks. The Afghan government agreed, as per usual cooperative international law, as soon as the US government provided evidence of bin Ladenís involvement.
The US government refused to provide any evidence. The Afghan government refused US troops entering their country and extradition until evidence was provided, and made their argument to the world press for the rule of law to apply to the US extradition request. The US invaded Afghanistan without providing evidence and without UN Security Council approval. President Bush stated, "Thereís no need to discuss evidence of innocence or guilt. We know heís guilty."
Seven years later, despite promises to do so, the US has not provided any evidence that bin Laden was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Indeed, the FBI does not seek bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks, stating "there is no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11."
Some of you might have heard of a bin Laden "confession video." The Pentagonís "official translation" seems to indicate foreknowledge of the attacks, but independent translations show that the "official" version is a manipulation and an accurate translation shows no evidence of involvement.
Apparently, the FBI is in agreement with the independent translations as they do not seek him for the crime. Indeed, Princeton professor of International Law Richard Falk articulates doubts concerning many aspects of the governmentís explanation of 9/11.
This view of a counter-government explanation is now shared by over 1,500 reputable scholars and professionals with academic training and professional experience that qualify them as experts in their testimonies.
Facts: The US invaded Afghanistan. The US provided no evidence to the Taliban Afghan government that bin Laden was involved in 9/11 and still have not done so. The US has provided no evidence that the Taliban supported the attacks of 9/11. The UN Security Council did not authorize use of force in Afghanistan. The US has provided no evidence of imminent threat to US national security from the Taliban. With no evidence of imminent threat or attack by Afghanistan, the US invasion is a War of Aggression. And yes, it's just that simple.
The words of President Obama are the same as all tyrants: whatever justification to best sell the most horrific crime a nation can commit. They are lies of commission and lies of omission to not give you the context I just provided of the law. The US is engaged in Wars of Aggression with our tax dollars and under our flag. Consider the words of Reichsmarschall Herman Goering, President of the Reichstag in Nazi Germany from 1932-1945, and considered among to top few in Nazi "leadership."
"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
Ė Hermann Goering, 1946 Nuremberg Trial. Quoted by Nuremberg prison psychologist, Gilbert Gustave in Nuremberg Diary, page 278, published by Da Capo Press, 1995
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Letís consider your role in this. If you want to consider yourself a responsible citizen, you have to upgrade your definition to understand, speak powerfully, and take action concerning violation of your nationís war powers. If not, your definition of responsibility includes complacency with hundreds of billions of our collective dollars and the most destructive impact upon millions of human beings. I recommend practice of the above information so you can explain it to anyone within two minutes. Allow me two simple analogies: if you consider yourself a sports fan and/or player, you would HAVE to understand the most important few rules of the game. If you didnít, others would tell you that with that level of ignorance you arenít serious about the game. If you were in a relationship and your partner spent a lot of time and money with another person, you would ask what your partner is doing with that person. And if all it took to verify your partnerís story was as much time as it took to read this article, and you never verified the story, others would tell you with that level of complacency considering the large amount of time and money involved with your partner that you arenít serious about having a relationship. Does that help motivate you?
What will you do? Please answer your heart and mindís strongest calling. As for a policy response, unless you have a better idea, I suggest supporting a Truth and Reconciliation Commission
, as Iíve previously argued.
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rhetoric our "leadership" thinks the public will hope and believe.