Monthly Archives: March 2015

Palestine at the International Criminal Court: Potential and Problems

An Analysis (25 February 2015) by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses

Part I – Going to the ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority – those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. Until recently ICC prosecutions have been limited to leaders of small and weak states. This is not because the leaders of powerful nations are not sometimes culpable, but rather because no member state of the ICC has yet brought a relevant complaint.

This situation is about to change. In November 2012 Palestine achieved official observer status within the United Nations and this position allowed it to join the ICC.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) hesitated to take this next step as long as “peace negotiations” with Israel were ongoing. But by the spring of 2014, the latest round of such talks had proved as fruitless as their many predecessors. And so the Palestinians went ahead and signed the treaty that would make them a member nation of the Court – a status that becomes official in April 2015. Palestine has already requested the Court to begin a preliminary investigation of Israel’s actions within Palestinian territory (the Occupied Territories) during the 2014 invasion of Gaza. It is looking for indictments of Israeli leaders on war crimes charges. …

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The Kochs and the Libertarian Takeover of the GOP

“The Libertarian Takeover of the GOP Is Almost Complete,” by Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News, excerpt:

…In the past we would expect Bush to outspend Walker and for Walker to fade, but not anymore. Scott Walker will benefit from the Koch network of cash. The Koch dark money regime will likely go negative against any threats to their agenda’s becoming the agenda of the GOP. A Walker or Paul win would put the Koch machine at the helm of the party. The party nominee controls the convention, the platform, and the electing of party officials. If the nominee is Scott Walker or Rand Paul, the Koch Brothers will be the puppet masters. If it’s Jeb Bush, then Karl Rove, James Baker, and the old guard will maintain their control.

A Scott Walker presidency with a Republican Congress would be a disaster for the poor and for working people. The Koch Brothers don’t only want to take on unions, they want to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Pell Grants. There is no social program that would be safe if one of the Koch’s puppets wins the White House. According to Wikileaks, the Clark-Koch ticket in 1980 promised to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, Welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE.

The Kochs couldn’t achieve those goals with the Libertarian Party as the vehicle, they needed the Republican Party. Their takeover is nearly complete, they are writing the script. Scott Walker is their lead actor, and Rand Paul is his understudy and the backup in case Scott Walker stumbles. Don’t be surprised if the ticket next year is Walker/Paul. That would put the Libertarians in charge….

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Ideologically Dictated Worldview – An Analysis (6 March 2015)

by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses, 3/6/15

Part I – The Delusional Leader

On 3 March 2015 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came before the U.S. Congress and once again painted a false picture of Iran and its ambitions. His vision was both apocalyptic and simplistic: the state of Iran is evil and the source of most of the aggression and terrorism in the Middle East; it is eternally hostile to the West and it aims at the destruction of Israel; the West, with the United States leading the way, must stop this evil regime before it gains the capacity to use nuclear weapons.

He has been saying this for at least twenty five years, and like the false prophecies predicting the end of the world, the alleged catastrophe never seems to occur. Iran never seems to come up with a nuclear bomb. However, Netanyahu never stops predicting it.

The truth is that the actions and motives Netanyahu assigns to the Islamic Republic are factually wrong. Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, has not carried on weapons research of this nature in over a decade, and is willing to commit itself to an inspections regime that will keep track of its good intentions in this regard. This stance is attested to by nearly every Western intelligence agency, and the Israeli intelligence organizations as well.

Indeed, Iran is much less aggressive than is Israel. Iran has not launched an offensive war in 240 years! …

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War authority–why and for what?

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, March 2, 2015

I can’t find online my letter published in the Daily Local News a week or so ago. So let’s put it in the blog.

This letter builds on my thinking in “Responsibility in the country, responsibility in the world” (August 10, 2014), beginning: “How is President Obama like the United States? Answer: both get blamed whatever they do.”

In my view, if one has to be blamed, it is better to be blamed for not killing people than for killing them.

Of course I’m not in favor of ISIS killing people either, destroying whole societies, breaking up historical works of art, and terrorizing the Middle East. The question is: who is going to deal with them? …

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