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 Post subject: CITIZENS’ HEARING ON THE LEGALITY OF U.S. ACTIONS IN IRAQ
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:33 pm 
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I came across this while perusing Angel of mercy's site.
http://www.conceptualguerilla.com/showthread.php?id=678

The things this guy was talking about was the frenzy that war whips one into. Read the article, it reminds me of some of the stories that vets would tell about Vietnam. There was a link to the post story -Citizens' Hearing On The Legality Of U.S. Actions In Iraq: The Case of Lt. Ehren Watada, January 21st, 2007 at Evergreen State College in Tacoma Washington.

http://www.wartribunal.org/

The Case of Lt. Ehren Watada
JANUARY 20-21, 2007
Tacoma, Washington, USA

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In an unprecedented two-day Citizens' Hearing held over January 20-21, more than 600 citizens joined a distinguished tribunal panel in listening to testimony about the legality of the US invasion of Iraq. The Citizens' Hearing was convened to present evidence that Lt. Ehren Watada would have presented in his February 5 court martial on the
question that the military ruled barred from entry on Jan. 16 - the question of the Iraq War's legality. Lt. Watada has repeatedly asserted that because the Iraq War is illegal, it is his duty to refuse orders to deploy. He is the Army's first commissioned officer to take such a stand.

Panel Chair David Krieger asserted: "If Lt. Watada cannot get a full hearing about the war's legality in a military trial, then his case should at least be presented in the court of public opinion. This Citizens' Hearing was about giving Lt. Watada's position equal time."


There are links here as well to "the US Army Field Manual, the Nuremberg Principles, and Article Six of the U.S. Constitution."- which make up a great deal of Lt. Watada's defense.

We know the results of their kangaroo court system now and the chances are good that this could blow up in their faces as well. But Bush has his ace in owning the judiciary- and when one beats them at their own game, they just change the rules. It works so why knock success.

At the bottom were these famous quotes-
"The best way to protect the lives of courageous young people who serve in the military is to avoid war-making itself. One cannot kill an idea with a gun, but only with a better idea. If people believe that law is better than war, they must do all they can to enhance the power of law and stop glorifying war."

--Nuremberg Trials prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz

"The Nuremberg judgment, encoded into international law, is sharp and clear. Aggression is the 'supreme international crime,' differing from others in that it encompasses all the evil that follows; all the evil. The US-UK invasion of Iraq is a textbook example of aggression, as defined by US Justice Robert Jackson in opening the Tribunal, also encoded into international law. Justice Jackson's final words were also sharp and clear. We are handing those convicted at Nuremberg a "poisoned chalice," and if we sip from it, we must be judged by the same principles, or else the proceedings are no more than farce. One prime responsibility of an aggressor is to hold the perpetrators accountable. If state power is unwilling to meet this responsibility, it falls to others to do so: to the citizens of the country carrying out the crimes, more than any others."

--Professor Noam Chomsky

When you read this stuff like-
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Well it's time the truth about what's happening in Iraq became known to the public. It's time all the horrors and injustices were spread far and wide. So take this diary and pass it on. Email it to everyone. Let America know what fucked up, unthinkable things are being done in our names. As Mr. Soros said, "Let the De-Nazification begin".
-as the daily KOs says- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/1/31/182849/295
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The fact is, until there is a full public airing of what we've done, and who is responsible for it, the American public (and the world) will remain confused, the guilty will remain unpunished, and the voters will start to assume (once again) that "there really is no difference" between Republicans (who gave us these horrors) and Democrats (who walked politely behind them).

Even worse, without those mistakes being made clear (as we avoided post Vietnam) we seem doomed, as a nation, to repeat them.

"To what extent (America) recognizes the mistake will determine its future," declared Soros.

I think it's safe to say, no truer words have been spoken lately.

And if Democrats squander this opportunity to make Republican mistakes clear through timidity, or cynical "concern," a la Joe Lieberman, that the public "doesn't want to rehash the past," the public's good faith in our Party, and indeed the Democratic Majority, may be short lived.

"America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany," Soros added. As in how we insisted the German people be "educated" on the actions of the German government after WWII. Instead he sees a reluctance in this country to confront our own recent history. More akin to Turkey, or Japan, in ignoring or denying our trangressions, than Germany, which has largely taken responsibility for it's past sins.


Lt Watada is not a hero, and he's definitely not a chicken. He's a smart man who figured out the ruse that war paints on its existence- and he got smart before he got sent into the lie that is war.

That seems to be America's biggest crime- ignorance of self realization. Something children should be worried about, not a ruling empire! Perhaps this is why our leaders aren't much better than the way most children act.

Immaturity is not a part of wisdom. That's why they send children to war.

Too bad our institutions and more parents wouldn't teach their children to think and not just to believe blindly.

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Now I know how Kusinich feels.


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