Saturday, September 1, 2007

An ensign who knows law and morality better than his commanders

[Update: some skepticsm about this diary's authenticity:

Still, I'd like to think this ensign exists and said what he said.
There are other sources saying an attack on Iran is in the works.]

"We Are Going To Hit Iran. Bigtime"

"That’s what’s missing. A real sense of purpose. What’s missing is the answer to what the hell are we doing out here threatening this country with all this power? Last night in the galley, an ensign asked what right do we have to tell a sovereign nation that they can’t build a nuke. I mean the table got EF Hutton quiet. Not so much because the man was asking a question that was off culture. But that he was asking a good question. In fact, the discussion actually followed afterwards topside where someone in our group had to smoke a cigarette. The discussion was intelligent but also in lowered voices. It’s like we aren’t allowed to ask the questions that we always ask before combat. It’s almost as if the average seaman or soldier is doing all the policy work."

Is the U.S. government about to attack Iran? This would be a crime against peace, the highest crime under international law.

"Doubtless what appeals to men of good will and common sense as the crime which comprehends all lesser crimes, is the crime of making unjustifiable war. War necessarily is a calculated series of killings, of destructions of property, of oppressions. Such acts unquestionably would be criminal except that International Law throws a mantle of protection around acts which otherwise would be crimes, when committed in pursuit of legitimate warfare. In this they are distinguished from the same acts in the pursuit of piracy or brigandage which have been considered punishable wherever and by whomever the guilty are caught." Justice Jackson

Principles of the
Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950

"...You don't introduce new products in August"

"war with Iran, Updated with Comment from Dr. Rubin"

"Mystery trader bets market will crash by a third"
But see:

Seems like a good time to repost this:

"Zbigniew Brzezinski warns Senate of false-flag terror"

Unfortunately, it's the Christianist-dominated Air Force, where the ensign's question might not be viewed as rationally, that will probably start the war.

This includes a quote from debate at the Air Force Academy where Mikey Weinstein said:

What you do when you have a 3 star general that’s ordering his staff to put together a Powerpoint presentation showing the direct parallel between the Book Of Revelation and all of our movements in the AOR ? ( for you civilians - area of responsibility, Iraq and Afghanistan )

What do you do when have a four star general who favors the distribution of a pamphlet in his commander’s bulding, his palace, advertising in all faiths and why "Jesus vs. Mohammed, An Examination of The Life of Both Prophets and Why Jesus is Superior To All" ?

Why was the most popular joke here at the Air Force Academy in 2004 "Why do Jews make the best magicians ?" Anyone know ? Show of hands ? We make the best magicians, apparently because we have the magical ability to walk into a red brick building and come out the smokestacks in a puff of smoke.

This article claims a large-scale attack is coming:

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

More from Barnett Rubin of NYU here, stating that the Bush regime is
planning to attack Iran, and plans a propaganda campaign beginning after
Labor Day:

This may be a threat to get Iran to back down, but if they don't? Does "credibilty" then require the U.S. thuggerment to go through with it?

No Debat, it is not legitimate. It is criminal.

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