Saturday, August 29, 2015
Tabatha Southey: Elephant? What Duffy-shaped elephant?
Rex Murphy: Duffy's a lemon The Duffy lemon has been thoroughly squeezed and the pips have squeaked their last. It's been in the media blender so long - 45 days of trial, months and months of saturation media coverage - that there's now not even a scent, a mist, of juice left. The pulp has been…
Thursday, August 6, 2015
...and a great day to remember Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Lord Goldsmith, all these guys who bear individual responsibility for the invasion of Iraq
.@jeremycorbyn: "If Tony Blair has committed war crimes [in Iraq] he should be tried for them" #newsnight— Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) August 4, 2015
The Tribunal established by the Agreement referred to in Article 1 hereof for the trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis countries shall have the power to try and punish persons who, acting in the interests of the European Axis countries, whether as individuals or as members of organizations, committed any of the following crimes.
The following acts, or any of them, are crimes coming within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal for which there shall be individual responsibility:
(a) CRIMES AGAINST PEACE: namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing;[emphasis added]
Friday, July 31, 2015
Hiroshima in retrospect
It has been obvious since 1945 that we have the technology to incinerate ourselves.
Despite this obvious fact, huge industries keep producing weapons that have no obvious use. Uses have to be manufactured.
No human conflict since 1945 has been settled by force of arms, and we could argue about how "settled" the outcome of World War 2 was. Nevertheless, people keep trying to settle disputes with the force of arms.
It never works but it makes a few people rich.
Let's take the Middle East and North Africa, an obvious disaster area into which NATO, Russia and China have inserted themselves by providing the technology to blow things up. That's what it is: technology to blow things up. No matter how sophisticated the technology, at its heart it is the means to hit somebody over the head with an axe. The logic, such as it is, is that if you have more axes than the other people, you win.
People argue that nuclear weapons forced Japan's surrender. There's even doubt about that. As with the Eastern Front for Germany, there's an argument that what forced Japan's hand was the possibility that Russia would turn its murderous intention on Japan, so better to surrender to the Americans.
The only winners are the people who make the axes.