Thursday, February 19, 2015

1099 and all that



They were the only Moslems in Jerusalem to save their lives.  The Crusaders, maddened by so great a victory after such suffering, rushed through the streets and into the houses and mosques killing all that they met, men, women and children alike.  All that afternoon and all through the night the massacre continued.  Tancred’s banner was no protection to the refugees in the Mosque of al-Aqsa.  Early next morning a band of Crusaders forced an entry into the mosque and slew everyone.  When Raymond of Aguilers later that morning went to visit the temple area he had to pick his way through the corpses and blood that reached up to his knees.
The Jews of Jerusalem fled in a body to their chief synagogue.  But they were held to have aided the Moslems; and no mercy was shown to them.  The building was set on fire and they were all burnt within.
The massacre at Jerusalem profoundly impressed all the world.  No one can say how many victims it involved; but it emptied Jerusalem of its Moslem and Jewish inhabitants.  Many even of the Christians were horrified by what had been done; and amongst the Moslems, who had been ready hitherto to accept the Franks as another factor in the tangled politics of the time, there was henceforward a clear determination that the Franks must be driven out.  It was this bloodthirsty proof of Christian fanaticism that recreated the fanaticism of Islam.  When, later, wiser Latins in the East sought to find some basis on which Christian and Moslem could work together, the memory of the massacre stood always in their way.

The First Crusade
University of Cambridge Press, 1951
pp 237-8

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

To hell with Sergeant Pavlov...


This time, Stalingrad will be ours.

Pavlov's House



Muslims do not "hate our freedom," but rather, they hate our policies

Link to document


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cheney at Nuremberg - Count 2



 "...I do think that we have forever laid to rest in the minds of statesmen the vicious assumptions that all war must be regarded as legal and just, and that while the law imposes personal responsibility for starting a street riot, it imposes none for inciting and launching a world war." 
 Robert H. Jackson, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Nuremberg prosecutor
Nuremberg In Retrospect: Legal Answer To International Lawlessness:
Address to the Canadian Bar Association, 1 Sept 1949
(two weeks after Geneva Conventions of 12 August, 1949)

The defendant, with divers other persons, during a period of years preceding 1 January 2008, participated in the planning, preparation, initiation, and waging of a war of aggression, which was in violation of international treaties, agreements, and assurances.

Vl. Particulars of the wars planned, prepared, initiated, and waged

(A) The war referred to in the Statement of Offense in this Count Two of the Indictment and the date ofi its initiation is against Iraq, 20 March 2003; 
(B) Reference is hereby made to Count One of the Indictment for the allegations charging that these wars were wars of aggression on the part of the defendants.
(C) Reference is hereby made to the Appendix annexed to this Indictment for a statement of particulars of the charges of violations of international treaties, agreements, and assurances caused by the defendants in the course of planning, preparing, and initiating these wars.

APPENDIX
 

CHARGE: Violation of the UN Charter Article 2 (4)

PARTICULARS: In that the United States did, by force and arms, on March 20, 2003, invade the territory of the Sovereign State of Iraq, without first having attempted to settle its disputes with said Sovereign by pacific means.

CHARGE: Violation of the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, signed at The Hague, October 18, 1907

PARTICULARS: In that the United States did, by force and arms, on March 20, 2003, invade the territory of the Sovereign State of Iraq, without first having attempted to settle its disputes with said Sovereign by pacific means.

CHARGE: Violation of Principle 6(a) of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nüremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950 as formulated by the Report of the International Law Commission covering its Second Session, 5 June - 29 July 1950, Document A/1316, which is based on the Charter of the International Military Tribunal signed at London, 8 August, 1945

PARTICULARS: In that the Defendant with divers other persons, during a period of years preceding 20 March 2003, participated in the planning, preparation, initiation, and waging of a war of aggression, in violation of international treaties, agreements, and assurances.