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The war drums are beating for North Korea, as Donald Trump put it in a Tweet (of all things), “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

Following WWII, 12 of 24 high ranking Germans were hung for:

Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace
Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace
War crimes
Crimes against humanity

A war of aggression is a war conducted without the justification of self defence. As the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg following WWII put it, “War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Since WWII this standard has all but been forgotten and it has become almost facile to even mention it. The American government has become the primary global aggressor. According to Global Research – The Centre for Research on Globalization, the “US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II”.

No amount of propaganda or jingoistic patriotism can hide the reality of the illegal aggressive nature of modern warfare if we allow ourselves the time to think, even for a moment, something that the propaganda is specifically aimed to discourage and suppress.

George Bush sold the invasion of Iraq in 2003 on bringing democracy to the Middle East, fourteen years later and with no democracy in sight, the war continues and the people are still dying.

It might be good to pause and wonder why no one is taking on Saudi Arabia, one of the most undemocratic and authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, recently visited by Theresa May for a cosy ‘trade’ mission. Couldn’t they use a bit of democracy, western style?

As I write, Trump is very proud to have dropped ‘the mother of all bombs’ (MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast) (‘What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire’ – Bill Roggio of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies) on Afghanistan. I am sure the hearts of mothers across the world will share his pride in his new found toys, or perhaps his own mother might wish she’d never spawned him.

As a US naval strike group heads for the Korean Peninsula, officials in North Korea, Pyongyang, have warned that the “current grim situation” justified its “self-defensive and pre-emptive strike capabilities with the nuclear force at the core.”

As ever, whatever the US beef with North Korea, it is a beef with the top, headed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. It is extremely unlikely we’ll see another Saddam takedown. It is the down trodden people of North Korea, their homes, towns and cities, and their lives, that will be ripped apart and turned to rubble and radioactive dead meat.

Trump is heading the world towards its first nuclear war and, once again, the many will pay the price for the grasping, greedy, power hungry few, who sit safe in their halls and bunkers of power.

Remember Nuremberg, lest we truly do forget. “War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Criminals in power are still just criminals, and it is we, the people, who always, always, pay for their crimes and the penalty for their crimes.

KOG. 13 April 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_trials

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_aggression

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-has-killed-more-than-20-million-people-in-37-victim-nations-since-world-war-ii/5492051

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/02/22/us-military-official-us-troops-iraq-absolutely-combat/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_in_the_Middle_East

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/03/theresa-may-hopes-example-female-potential-saudi-arabia

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/donald-trump-moab-us-bomb-afghanistan-mother-of-all-response-statement-a7683221.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/moab-gbu-43b-mother-of-all-bombs-price-weight-blast-radius-afghanistan-isis-a7683101.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/us-aircraft-carrier-carl-vinson-north-korea-strike-capabilities/

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,486

Thursday 07 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Like many others, I wrote to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq because what was very clear at the time was that the hawks wanted war. George Bush was like a dog with a bone, there was nothing reasoned or temperate about his gung-ho attitude but as much as he was ramping up the invasion, he didn’t want to go it alone. The apocalyptic disaster of Vietnam still hung over America with a death toll somewhere between 1.3 and 3.9 million and a toll on American lives of 58,220.

Whatever else Britain’s role was, an ally across the Atlantic played a significant role in Bush’s warmongering. Blair’s motivation was more opaque, or so it seemed to me, but at the time I and many others feared he wanted his own Falklands, which successfully secured another term in office for Margaret Thatcher.

The problem with Iraq was that there was no case for going to war in self defence, Iraq had committed no armed aggression against the UK and what was being proposed was a war of aggression and that was my primary focus in writing to Blair.

What I received in reply was a copy of the September (dodgy) dossier in the forward of which Tony Blair cited Saddam Hussein’s capability of deploying weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes four times.

This was Blair’s golden egg. without which there were no other grounds to justify committing the supreme international war crime of a war of aggression, but such a threat blurred the edges just enough to secure the vote for war.

As ever the voices of the people raised against the war, and a march of at least 1 million in protest, were ignored. Of course, we now know irrefutably that there were no weapons of mass destruction, Bush’s ‘Shock and Awe’, an illegal war ongoing to this day, was entirely bogus. Whatever Blair might say, the nature of western armed conflict was disastrously changed and wars of aggression in the Middle East have become the de facto means of armed intervention with devastating results for millions of lives.

One burning question remains, how much longer will we tolerate war, prosecuted by those who sacrifice the lives of others but never have to pay the price themselves?

How Many People Died In The Vietnam War?

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/09/margaret-thatcher-falklands-gamble

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/02/uk_dossier_on_iraq/html/full_dossier.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2765041.stm

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