Truth About Iraqis: Iraq atrocity

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the US government exhibits a complete disregard for the sanctity of human life and also for any kind of law and order. American soldiers are commiting acts for which Nazi leaders were brought before a Crimes Against Humaity tribunal, but yet it continues with no end in sight. It has also been pointed out, even in Reuters news, that American military leaders not only know of this sytematic disregard for human rights and human life, but they encourage it as well (see: Rumsfeld Indictment? ). This is yet another case of a continuing string of War Crimes and other violations of international law that no-one can or will do anything about.

Truth About Iraqis: No firefight in Iraq atrocity - Marines killed women and children because they could
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Unfortunately, there is no way for international law to be enforced, and as we see from history, only the losers of wars are ever brough to justice for their crimes. However, that is not to say that International law is not applicable. Without some method to enforce them, however, laws are a moot point. The US military falls within the jurisdiction of International Law as the US is a member nation of the UN
Article 93 of the UN Charter:
"All Members of the United Nations are ipso facto parties to the Statute of the International Court of Justice."

The International Court of Justice at the Hague is relevant to this situation based on Article 36, Section 2 of the Statute of the Court, to which all UN member states are responsible:
"The states parties to the present Statute may at any time declare that they recognize as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other state accepting the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the Court in all legal disputes concerning:
a. the interpretation of a treaty;
b. any question of international law;
c. the existence of any fact which, if established, would constitute a breach of an international obligation;
d. the nature or extent of the reparation to be made for the breach of an international obligation."

A specific international obligation agreed to by the U.S. has the following position on such matters as the murder of civilians:

Article 48 of the 4th of the Geneva Conventions:
"In order to ensure respect for and protection of the civilian population and civilian objects, the Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives"

Indiscriminate murder of civilians is in violation of countless provisions of international law, of which this is just one relevant example. The U.S. government cannot be allowed to continue to violate all international laws and relegate our civilisation back to feudal times. Perhaps other world powers could have the courage that is so lacking in any other political representatives in America to step up and say enough is enough, and take steps to bring these criminals to justice and put an end to this sad chapter of world history.

Some additional resources:

CCR comments on the illegal war in Iraq, the investigation of war crimes, and the obligations of an occupying power. CCR urges that the United States be investigated for war crimes along with Iraq.

International Humanitarian Law timeline:
"December 10, 1984: UN General Assembly adopts the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment."

Aggressive War: Supreme International Crime from truthout.org

Progressive Punch resource of Recent U.S. votes regarding Human Rights or Civil Liberties.

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