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March 28, 2024

A Rogue U.S. Against The Rest Of The World

Ted Snider asks:

Is America a Rogue Superpower?

“Unipolar” used to mean that the United States was, at least in theory, alone in leading the world. Now “unipolar” means that the United States is alone and isolated in opposition to the world.

Snider refers to the recent UN Security Council resolution 2728 which "demands" a ceasefire in Gaza and "demands" a release of hostages and "demands" the unhindered supply of food and other items to Gaza.

The U.S. has claimed, falsely, that the resolution is not binding.

As Snider writes:

On March 25, the U.S. went one step further and took a step toward becoming a rogue state who has supplanted international law with its rules-based order. International law is grounded in the charter system and the United Nations and is universally applicable. The rules-based order is composed of unwritten laws whose source, consent, and legitimacy are unknown. To the global majority, those unwritten laws have the appearance of being invoked when they benefit the U.S. and its partners and not being invoked when they don’t.

On March 25, the Security Council passed a resolution demanding “an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan respected by all parties leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire.” The resolution was able to pass because the U.S. stood aside and let the other fourteen Security Council members pass it by abstaining instead of vetoing.

But in her explanation of the American abstention after the resolution passed, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield “surprisinglysaid that “we fully support some of the critical objectives in this nonbinding resolution.”

Her claim that the Security Council resolution was nonbinding was not an off script, impromptu comment. It is the strategy of a country that enforces, not international law, but the U.S. led rules-based order.

Arnaud Bertrand has added a similar thought:

Since the beginning, it's been obvious that Gaza was in many ways a fight between International Law and the US's "rules-based order".

This whole episode around the UN resolution is a perfect illustration of this. There is no debate amongst international law scholars that resolutions by the UN Security Council that "demand" certain actions are binding (good explanation by a legal scholar here). In fact resolutions by the council ARE international law, article 25 of the UN Charter clearly states: "The Members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter."

Yet the US now argues that the "rule" is in fact different: "It's a non-binding resolution, so there's no impact at all on Israel".

Where is this rule written, that somehow when the UNSC "demands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan respected by all parties leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire", it's non-binding and "there's no impact at all" on the warring party?

Nowhere, that's the beauty of the rules-based order: the rules are made-up in the moment to fit the interests of the U.S. and its henchmen, depending on the circumstances.

The big issue here is that the whole world, literally, disagrees with the U.S. claims.

Snider again:

All UN Security Council resolutions are legally binding and have the status of international law. That is why UN Secretary General António Guterres said, “This resolution must be implemented. Failure would be unforgivable.” UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq explained that, “All the resolutions of the Security Council are international law. They are as binding as international laws.”

Others responded the same way to the U.S. claim. On behalf of the ten elected members of the Security Council who drafted the resolution, Pedro Comissario, Mozambique’s envoy to the United Nations, said, “All United Nations Security Council resolutions are binding and mandatory.” He then added, “It is the hope of the 10 that the resolution adopted today will be implemented in good faith by all parties.”

The United Kingdom also did “not share” the U.S. claim, prompting their envoy to the UN to say, “we expect all Council resolutions to be implemented. This one is not any different. The demands in the resolution are absolutely clear.” China, too, did not share the U.S. evaluation. “China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun said Security Council resolutions are binding.”

France too rejects the U.S. claim and insists that UNSC Res 2728 is absolutely binding and especially binding for Israel:

"A United Nation Security Council resolution is binding under international law. All concerned parties MUST implement it, especially Israel, to whom it is incumbent to apply this resolution."

Russia has said similar:

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that UN Security Council Resolution 2728 on Gaza, which calls for an immediate cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid, is binding for all sides, including Israel.
...
"The Russian side expects that the binding UN Security Council Resolution 2728 will contribute to de-escalating violence in Gaza, including preventing the Israeli operation in Rafah, freeing hostages, (and) increasing humanitarian assistance to civilians in the sector," it said.

Four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - including two major U.S. allies -, all of its non-permanent members and the UN Secretary General have explicitly said that UNSC Res 2728 is binding.

The U.S. (plus maybe a few of its minor proxies) is the only state which publicly disputes that.

Bertrand points out that this will have huge consequences:

There's no overstating how consequential this is for the integrity of international relations. By doing so, the US effectively destroys the world order it largely created after WW2 because it effectively tells everyone that the set of institutions, rules and norms that underpin it are meaningless. We're effectively now in a world system where everyone realizes the police, the government, the basic set of beliefs, have become completely corrupted. This changes everything.

What comes next? I think there's no coming back for the U.S. And I think they know this, maybe unconsciously, otherwise they would at least pretend to act for the better good of all. The fact they don't shows they've effectively abdicated ambitions to restore their hegemony: they're now nakedly in it to milk the system for themselves, universal pretentions have gone.

This UN Security Council is not the only institution which the U.S. tries to destroys after having largely created it.

In 2019 the World Trade Organization lost its appeal court:

The appellate body of the World Trade Organization (WTO), considered the supreme court for international trade, lost its ability to rule on new dispute cases at midnight Tuesday.

The panel, whose decisions affect billions of dollars in global trade, is supposed to have seven judges. But their ranks have dwindled because the United States — under the past three presidents — has blocked replacements to protest the way the WTO does business.

A minimum of three judges is needed to issue rulings and the terms of two of the last three judges ended at midnight Tuesday.

This will deal a major blow to the global trading system, critics say, arguing that the situation risked creating a system of trade relations based on power rather than binding international rules.

The U.S. is now using protectionism, subsidies and tariffs, which are clearly illegal under WTO rules it had previously agreed to. But as it has managed, without having any serious argument, to destroy the WTO's court their is no longer a direct way it can get penalized for it.

But trade is only one field of international relations and other WTO members have found ways to solve disputes even without its court.

The stakes are much higher when it comes to matters of peace and of wars waged with the intent of genocide.

Bertrand concludes:

Most countries however don't want to live in an "eat or get eaten"/"might makes right" world, without rules or norms. So in time a new system will arise.

The biggest unknowns being: can it arise without a major global war, who will lead the construction of its foundations and how can it be set up so that this time around it is fair for all and respected by all?

I'll leave it to you to ponder those questions.

Posted by b on March 28, 2024 at 16:43 UTC | Permalink

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Time for Russia & China to send in a force to implement it then.

Posted by: Dave Pollard | Mar 28 2024 16:51 utc | 1

What is exposed is that the US has not a government but a number of rival lobbies pretending to control it.

Posted by: Minaa | Mar 28 2024 16:52 utc | 2

There is a saying "One needs to break a few eggs to make an omelette".

The US is indeed destroying the world order it created after WW II. But having different policies for different situations (Gaza v.s Ukraine/Russia) is NOT helpful for creating more stability in the world.

To restore that order the US needs to launch say 20, 30 or 40 cruise missiles into Israel. That will send a strong message towards Israel that the US is serious about creating more peace. Here are "the eggs and the omelette".

Posted by: WMG | Mar 28 2024 16:55 utc | 3

the usa is destroying international institutions it helped to set up... osce is another organization it has corrupted.. it is all intentional with the idea of supplementing the 'rules based law and order' for 'international law'... word games par excellence, straight out of hollywood or washington, as the case may be... the jig is up... only a matter of time before everyone sees the emperor has no cloths on...

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2024 16:59 utc | 4

https://aje.io/rsaoob?update=2804475

ICJ orders Azrael to facilitate entry of humanitarian aid and open land crossings to this effect.

Posted by: Minaa | Mar 28 2024 17:00 utc | 5

US and quisling sabotage of UN activities were on display this week with efforts to prevent a UNSC meeting around the 25th anniversary of the NATO attack on Yugoslavia.

There was this:

Vassily Nebenzia: "Since the representative of France argued today that the fact of this meeting being scheduled in advance by the Presidency is invalid, we will be forced (since we cannot trust written communications from the Presidency anymore) to insist that the agenda for each meeting of the Security Council be approved by procedural vote. Let us call this established precedent the "de Rivière clause"."

Then this:

Vassily Nebenzia:: "We have already seen many examples of it, not only in Yugoslavia, but in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and finally Ukraine. It looks like our NATO colleagues are not willing to hear what we were going to say. They are scared to hear this, in particular scared of their legal responsibility, because they have not yet accounted for what they did in former Yugoslavia. Also, we have to note that the current UN Security Council meeting was confirmed by the Japanese Presidency of UNSC at the beginning of March. Thus, we stay assured that a huge part of responsibility lies on Japan for its inability as President [of the Council] to accomplish its duties properly. And of course, it was a complete shame and disgrace to play this spectacle in front of the Serbian Prime Minister, which is absolutely inadmissible.:

And then, finally this:

From now on, Russia will mention NATO’s aggression against Yugoslavia at every session of the UN Security Council, said Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky.

After France blocked the UN Security Council session on the 25th anniversary of the bombing, there will no longer be “any business as usual in the Security Council”, Polyansky added.

“This is a very serious moment – in fact, at the instigation of France, one member of the Security Council was denied the right to convene a meeting. By such an action, our Western colleagues seriously deceived themselves. Instead of holding a peaceful meeting where they would mutter theses about ‘Russian propaganda’, now before every meeting of the Security Council, until we agree on how to avoid a similar situation in the future, NATO aggression will be mentioned in front of the cameras, which will also be included in the minutes of all upcoming meetings,”
stressed Polyansky.

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So, yes, the US regime is a rogue state, an outlaw that ought to be in the dock or hanging at the end of a rope, but it is noteworthy that there are still plenty of chihuahua and quislings to help them along.

Posted by: N Hanrahan | Mar 28 2024 17:01 utc | 6

De-dollarization brings peace

Posted by: Exile | Mar 28 2024 17:04 utc | 7

@ N Hanrahan | Mar 28 2024 17:01 utc | 6

one more example... thanks..

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2024 17:08 utc | 8

Nothing the UNSC says is binding unless it has the physical force to bind the US. It doesn't so "rules-based-order" is the only thing Washington accepts as has been the case for two decades. The UN has some peripheral functions at best and that's it. What is real is "the Empire" which is strictly controlled by Washington's National Security State. As an alternative, other countries has begun to form various institutions none of which has the power (economic or military) to do much of anything in Gaza or elsewhere. I think, maybe, by the end of the decade we may see something more robust, but I tend to doubt it. Today power is in the hands of what would have been called "rogue" actors during Cold War I or, in my terms, various organized crime entities including the US National Security (Deep) State that is allied with old-fashioned types of crime organizations including a hodge-podge assortment or corporate and financial type in London and NYC.

As time passes this lawlessness will expand in combination with active methods of repression and mind-control techniques aided by AI. Ordinary people need to create, ironically, more chaos in order to defenestrate these alliances of criminals. We all need to stop whining and clutching pearls--the old world established during Cold War I is gone forever--we are now in some mixture of 1984, Blade Runner, and The Matrix.

Posted by: Chris Cosmos | Mar 28 2024 17:08 utc | 9

karloff1 does not call it the Outlaw Empire for no good reason.

He explained it here in a while back as well as on his Substack.

I don't know what will fix it, other than some setbacks for Wallstreet. Money usually talks.

Posted by: Acco Hengst | Mar 28 2024 17:13 utc | 10

So, how many divisions does the UN have?

Posted by: CIROC | Mar 28 2024 17:21 utc | 11

Thanks for the posting b

This is the civilization war I keep writing about us being in the middle of.

The creation of the UN and the WTO as separate organizations plays into the meme that politics and economy are separate and I argue they are not and has always been a political economy.

This civilization war is about Might-Makes-Right only to the extent that it maintains the God Of Mammon cult of global private finance behind the curtain of the proxy wars being fought currently. The resolution of the proxy wars will bring our species to talking about social contracts and forms of social organization in details unheard of except by drum beaters like me over the years.

This civilization war is providing our species with the opportunity to walk the talk of us not being barbarians anymore.

Will we rise to the challenge?

I certainly hope so, for the children.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2024 17:21 utc | 12

The ICJ is beyond fucked up and controlled by the powers that be.

It still doesn't call for Israel to stop military operations. It reiterates it's order of Jan 26 and adds

(2) Indicates the following provisional measures:
The State of Israel shall, in conformity with its obligations under the Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and in view of the worsening conditions of
life faced by Palestinians in Gaza, in particular the spread of famine and starvation:
(a) Unanimously,
Take all necessary and effective measures to ensure, without delay, in full co-operation with
the United Nations, the unhindered provision at scale by all concerned of urgently needed basic
services and humanitarian assistance, including food, water, electricity, fuel, shelter, clothing,
hygiene and sanitation requirements, as well as medical supplies and medical care to Palestinians
throughout Gaza, including by increasing the capacity and number of land crossing points and
maintaining them open for as long as necessary;
(b) By fifteen votes to one,
Ensure with immediate effect that its military does not commit acts which constitute a violation
of any of the rights of the Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group under the Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, including by preventing, through any action,
the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance;
IN FAVOUR: President Salam; Vice-President Sebutinde; Judges Tomka, Abraham, Yusuf,
Xue, Bhandari, Iwasawa, Nolte, Charlesworth, Brant, Gómez Robledo, Cleveland,
Aurescu, Tladi;
AGAINST: Judge ad hoc Barak;

(3) By fifteen votes to one,
Decides that the State of Israel shall submit a report to the Court on all measures taken to give
effect to this Order, within one month as from the date of this Order.

It is not part of the order and even part of the genocide case but ICJ is still crying about Israel hostages and ordering them released with not a word on the 12,000 Palestinian hostages including abducted medics who are being tortured.

Fuck the fucking ICJ. It ordered Russia to stop military operations within 20 days of Ukraine requesting it to out of concern for Palestinian civilians.

So why is it so hard for ICJ to grant South Africa's first and most important request: Israel must cease all military operations in the Gaza Strip immediately.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 17:26 utc | 13

The rules in the "rules based world order" are very clear, in fact there is only one:

1. On the chessboard of the world, one special piece — the jews — moves to any square, at any time, on anyone's turn, attacks anyone, and cannot be attacked.

And from there, of course, it can freely maneuver its golems, slaves, ass-lickers, apologists, and armies of criminals, liars and torturers (such as the western "leaders", the media, and banking).

Whether the jews actually have a mangled dick or follow any religion has no bearing on anything. If that detail bothers someone, just replace 'jew' with "the people hiding behind the label 'jew' "

Posted by: Michael A | Mar 28 2024 17:33 utc | 14

In effect ICJ says: please feed Palestinians before you keep killing them.

Let us know in a month how many remain.

Hamas, over whom we have no jurisdiction must release the Israeli hostages.

We at the ICJ don't give a rat's ass about the 12,000+ Palestinian hostages, including almost 100 children who are being tortured, starved, with new ones being abducted every day.

Israel: please keep bombing and destroying Gaza healthcare infrastructure and executing, detaining and torturing more medics and journalists daily. Let us know your total score next month.

The retarded ICJ could, if it wanted, order Israel to stay 5 km radius away from every hospital. Like a restraining order.

Like I said: 8 out of the 15 regular judges are from Axis of Genocide so they will never order Israel to halt military ops.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 17:38 utc | 15

Thanks for the post, b. I agree with your tongue-in-cheek(?) “surprisingly” link: I can’t believe that article was published in The Guardian (which, admittedly, I don’t follow.) But — “Biden’s diplomats also surprisingly claim the resolution is non-binding - a judgement not shared by the British, who say it should be implemented immediately. It serves to underline how little the US is in control of events.” ! Is this the Jane D. Hartley, “we’re headed for WWIII (in Europe)” effect?

This topic brought to mind a relatively recent big victory for the Trudeau government in a looooong standing dispute with the US over Canada’s protection for the dairy sector. At the end of November, a panel of experts convened under the new NAFTA (CUSMA), ruled in Canada’s favour. Maybe this is method of addressing trade disputes that will spread.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dairy-supply-management-u-s-1.7037957

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Mar 28 2024 17:44 utc | 16

The foundation of US policies is “THE BEST INTERESTS OF ISRAEL”.
The best interests of Israel is defined by Israel’s position that Jews are God’s Chosen
People.
Against such background, there cannot be any integrity. Indeed, the Chosen People theory is based on an assertion made by so-called Jews and the only evidence so-called Jews have presented is the Old Testament, à series of books written by so-called Jews in order to justify the actions of so-called Jews.
The Chosen Theory allows so-called Jews and their supporters to claim SPECIAL STATUS. Hence, the Security Council resolution should be NON BINDING because that would serve the interests of the CHOSEN PEOPLE.

As we speak, Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel’s minister of security, is pushing a law that would allow police and soldiers to kill Palestinians WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES. That law is based on the Chosen Theory… so-called Jews are better than other humans and ought not to be governed by the same rules…. If you are not a so-called Jew, you are a human-animal.
The questions for those who think so-called Jews are God’s Chosen People and the land they want is a gift from God is as follows: why did so-called Jews not congrol that land from 70 A.D. to 1948; and, why did so-called Jews need the British Empire to give the the land in question?

Posted by: Liberator | Mar 28 2024 17:50 utc | 17

#15 In effect ICJ says: please feed Palestinians before you keep killing them.
Let us know in a month how many remain.

The longer this thing goes on, the worse it is for Israel. That is why Netanyahu is getting excited. For success he needs to kill them off or drive them off now, not in the future. As for the Palestinians, the worse it goes for them, the better it goes for Israel's enemies. And so, guess what, rest of world is willing to sacrifice them for the cause. If Israel kills enough of them off, the endless guilt trip assertion of mistreatment will be dead and gone. Not too late yet for Israel to call it off, but then they don't seem to be interested in taking the setback that would go with not finishing the job.

Posted by: Jmaas | Mar 28 2024 17:52 utc | 18

The Big Rag Doll in hands of Aramaic ventriloquists ... dates back to the Persian imperial period.

The tremendous thing about the case is that the Art of Lie works: the lie has to be gigantic and just the other way around:

-your god is a scarecrow; but my capricious and bloody little tribal god is the creator of the whole fuxxx universe.

And people believed it, and even naïve historians called this colossal swindle Monotheism.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 17:57 utc | 19

-Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, said Likud sitting on top of a pile of atomic bombs.

(the decision to unleash Chaos and Terror in Iraq dates back to 1998 which is when it is confirmed that Iraq does not have WMD and therefore it is low risk to destroy Iraq.)

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:04 utc | 20

why did so-called Jews not control that land from 70 A.D. to 1948;
Posted by: Liberator | Mar 28 2024 17:50 utc | 17

90+% of the so-called shitraelis are khazars anyway, and their bloodlines haven't been in the middle east for 30000 years at minimum.

Not that anyone should consider the hebrews having any right to that land either. Who the fuck cares? The vikings raped all the way to Armenia, but that doesn't give armenians any right to Sweden and Norway, or the other way around. That you have genetic roots somewhere two thousand years ago means nothing.

Criminals and torturers have no home anyway apart from the fire lake.

Posted by: Michael A | Mar 28 2024 18:06 utc | 21

-You cannot have areas of influence, areas of influence are a thing of the past,

said to the Russian the shameless representative of the most colossal and deadly military empire that the face of the earth has ever seen, with military bases from Scotland to Korea, passing through Diego Garcia.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:08 utc | 22

Posted by: Michael A | Mar 28 2024 18:06 utc | 21

Male genital mutilation.

Posted by: lex talionis | Mar 28 2024 18:08 utc | 23

I certainly hope so, for the children.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2024 17:21 utc | 12

Regardless of what was said anyone stating for the children needs to be met with an immediate NO FUCK YOU, your right there is a war coming and your on the wrong fucking side

Posted by: Okie | Mar 28 2024 18:17 utc | 24

Thanks 'b'. This should give rise to a good discussion, particularly if the trolls show a bit of self restraint.

Coincidentally I have just finished reading another such article at Dissident Voice. It is Part 7 (and more to come!) of a series by BJ Sabri and includes a useful introduction to US History a subject which, in my experience, few foreigners are expert.

There are a few problem's with BJ's article, a careful editor would have solved them easily, but the piece itself, read with B's conclusions adds up to a crash course in "Why the US is the 50 top threats to world peace. "

This excerpt provides a flavvour:
"..The United States, the primary violator of human rights around the world, is not qualified to speak of human rights—it is like a criminal and a thief who insists to give solemn sermons against crime and theft. Besides, the proverbial crocodile tears shed on the question of human rights as violated by Russia could never cover up U.S. criminal conduct around the world—the ongoing U.S.-Israeli genocidal war on Gaza is a case in point.

"Claiming that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan created “new tensions between the two countries” is so preposterous that one cannot help but recalling U.S. voluminous history of invasions and interventions. Playing the virtuous preacher has been constantly a game that the U.S. could never master because of its venality and the ease with which it can be seen. The following limited references can corroborate my charge: (1) A Chronology of U.S. Military Interventions From Vietnam To the Balkans; (2) Foreign interventions by the United States; (3) S. Launched 251 Military Interventions Since 1991, and 469 since 1798.
"

"Legions of American politicians, ideologues, think tanks, writers, media owners, and smattering opinion makers have joined in the relentless campaign to vilify and oppose Russia. When the USSR was alive and kicking, the pretext was Communism. When Russia became capitalist, the pretext was authoritarianism. This strongly suggests that America’s former anti-Communist policy was no more than a ploy to (a) weaken and destabilize Russia, and (b) establish the United States as an arbiter of its fate...."

https://dissidentvoice.org/2024/03/imperialism-and-anti-imperialism-collide-in-ukraine-part-7/#more-149275

Posted by: bevin | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 25

"Fuck the fucking ICJ. It ordered Russia to stop military operations within 20 days of Ukraine requesting it to out of concern for Palestinian civilians.
Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 17:26 utc | 13

I have no idea what Pq is talking about with the ICJ. Why would they tell Russia to leave Palestinians alone?

What's more, they didn't tell Russia to stop the SMO. They ruled that they had no jurisdiction, and the ruling was last month, not "20 days" after Ukraine filed its complaint.

"the court “decided that it cannot adjudicate on Russia’s use of force — that is, its invasion of Ukraine — because even though this use of force may be a violation of international law, which prohibits the use of force except in self-defence or under a UN-mandated operation, it is a not a rule that exists under the Genocide Convention.”

https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-russia-genocide-court-un-icj-c3f9cf7462cd85e73ab53aa9499093f4

It's almost as if some people just make stuff up. Jake Sullivan is apparently posting on MoA now.

Posted by: wagelaborer | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 26

Dave Pollard | Mar 28 2024 16:51 utc | 1

Time for Russia & China to send in a force to implement it then.
Except neither one of them can since the US has a lot of assets in the area ready to serve their diabolical masters, the Jews, in their genocide campaign. Not to mention that Israel itself has nukes, thanks to the treason of the Jewish puppets that rule the Subservient States of America.

Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 18:19 utc | 27

For 70 years the US Government and Banksters have been spending our into the world debt in the form of fictitious Dollars.

Any country who did not accept the fictitious Dollars got destroyed, and then forced to accept the fictitious dollars.


Some day soon, you should expect the 70 years of over spending fictitious Dollars to return to the US, and maybe it will take only 70 hours not 70 years.

I am a poor man. But I have a boat that takes me around the world, and when the chickens come home to roost I will be one of the very few who can escape the calamity that, for a while at least, will befall the US.

Posted by: Hot Carl | Mar 28 2024 18:24 utc | 28

Zionism is three things

(1) The infantile or fanatical doctrine that says: the lands of "La Mancha" in Spain belong to the readers of the novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" by literary tradition and by sentimental attachment.

(2) It is the doctrine that establishes a brutal distinction between a dominant people and a subjugated population.

(In fact, in the first century the expression "Canaanite slavery" is an idiom.)

(3) It is an ideology that uses Terror as a tool, in fact "our colonial project" (Vladimir Jabotinsky) was founded (1917/47-) by a coalition of Ukrainian, Polish, Byelorussian and Lithuanian terrorist groups.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:24 utc | 29

Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:24 utc | 29

Zionism is three things ...
Zionism is just "secular" Judaism - secular in the sense that it is meant to impress those who do not subscribe to that diabolical tribal cult.

The roots of Zionism - the ideology it reflects in its alleged "secular" form - are found in 20 Deut. 16-18, one of the pillars of Judaism and its extreme tribal chauvinism and supremacism:

16 [I]n the cities of the nations the [Yahweh] your [tribal g]od is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely destroy them — the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites — as [Yahweh] your [tribal g]od has commanded you.

I.e. the Jews are commanded to commit genocide by their tribal god. Being anti-Judaism (or anti-Semite as the Jews would put it) is akin to being anti-Nazi, which, if one is objective, isn't nearly as extremist as Judaism.

Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 18:31 utc | 30

Fierce is unlikely as no one wants to go all in for this issue. Better is complete sanctions and trade blockade. The passports will then be unrecognized and all travel and visas blocked. The Houtis began this do no we should see this expanded to the entire world except the US. The US should also get the same treatment as they will violate the sanctions. Money is the only thing that will effect change in Israel.

Posted by: Old Microbiologist | Mar 28 2024 18:33 utc | 31

The only thing the US/Israel has not done
is blowing up of the physical, brick and mortar, UN building itself.

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Posted by: librul | Mar 28 2024 18:33 utc | 32

I.e. the Jews are commanded to commit genocide by their tribal god.
@Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 18:31 utc | 30


https://www.unz.com/article/israels-biblical-psychopathy/

Posted by: librul | Mar 28 2024 18:36 utc | 33

Zionism 1.0: Book of Joshua and Book of Deuteronomy, Mental Software of an Aramaic Ruling Class, imperial Persian time

Judaism 1.0: a religion that spread like wildfire among women, and that was present "in all the nations of the world": Persian, Greek and Roman world

Sadducean priestly Judaism: ruling class of the city-Temple when EretzYisrael was equivalent to Saudi Arabia

Judaism of "the people of the land" of "the land of Canaan": we know very little; but all signs point to something very similar to a kind of first Islam

Judaism 2.0: Rabbinic Judaism (200/400-) that took many years to prevail in the synagogues and that over time forged (600/1200-) the Yiddish people in Poland-Ukraine (1300-1700)

Zionism 2.0: Jewish Fascism (1917-) of violent Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian and Lithuanian emigrants

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:44 utc | 34

The US considers itself to be the sovereign of the global order, which means that it makes the law ("rules based order") that binds others but not itself; it is above the law. It has been in this position since WW2, and spent many decades cordoning off those that would not accept its divine right to define the law whilst also ignoring it.

It now faces a situation where even some of the Western states reject its divine right, but the capitalist elite of the US simply cannot accept that the riff-raff would have the temerity to call into question their divine right. So they will continue ever onwards until their legs are cut from under them or they get a large punch in the face, or both. The time for such a denouement is quite rapidly approaching, between the current US debt bubble lunacy, the slashing at the legs of the US by the extractive oligarchy, the increasing areas where the US does not hold sway, and the possibilities of military defeat while the US continues to over-extend itself to maintain the mirage of the global sovereign / indispensable nation / global policeman.

The denouement will be met by much thrashing, whining and groaning. Only to be exceeded by that of the Zionist genocidal regime. In the interim other nations will try not to trigger any self-destructive homicidal tantrums.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 28 2024 18:44 utc | 35

Evidently

Zionism 2.0 is based on a group of fanatics drunk on Zionism 1.0 who have within them a strong genocidal impulse: book of Deuteronomy.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:49 utc | 36

Book of Deuteronomy

Book of Deuteronomy + Roman Imperial Ideology = Washington "inside the Beltway"

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 18:53 utc | 37

I have no links or new facts to add here (b marshals those quite nicely in this post), only a quick and unremarkable observation. The US/Western Empire is circling the drain. This is not to say that the people of the United States (or of the European Garden) are doomed, only that their (mostly) bloody reign of impunity is over. And good riddance to it. Now we must learn to live like the RoW is inhabited by people who have and deserve the same dignity that we once thought only we deserved. The change to multipolar world is happening so quickly now, the Western elites can’t really get their heads around it. This can be navigated to an acceptable state of affairs, but I don’t think the twerps “leading” the West are capable of doing it. I hope I’m wrong.

Posted by: KMRIA | Mar 28 2024 18:59 utc | 38

Some of the same points were made by Peter Beinart in the NYT. See:

The Vacuous Phrase at the Core of Biden’s Foreign Policy, NYT, 22 June 2021.

See, also, international law expert John Duggard's take on all this:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/leiden-journal-of-international-law/article/choice-before-us-international-law-or-a-rulesbased-international-order/7BEDE2312FDF9D6225E16988FD18BAF0

Posted by: Tobie | Mar 28 2024 19:01 utc | 39

I think Emmanuel Todd's observations play a part in this explanation. For me what must be grasped are the salient differences between the USA of the New Deal, out of whose motives and culture arose the post-war order, and the nihilist neoliberal USA of our epoch. If we can catalogue and explain the specific historical conditions that brought each of these different USA's about we can understand the motives at work in each. Many have supplied the analysis in outline (Hudson et al.) Granted—each 'USA' was imperial: the first 'invaded Europe' to create the markets for industrial goods necessary to sustain the pact between labour and capital struck by FDR in the 30s; the second is figuratively(?) invading Europe (again), this time to project and enforce the interests of its finance sector. So, at the very least the key difference is between an M-C-M' USA and an M-M' USA (to use Marx's notation, where M=capital, C=commodity, M'=capital+profit). But this is where Todd comes in: there must equally be an anthropological, sociological and cultural history that works in parallel. Post-war USA's great imperial pivot was cultural. In this it defeated the USSR which could not compete with Elvis, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. In fact the dominant idioms around the world of dress, fashion, everyday life, appliances, organisation of the home, town-planning, pop culture, television, Protestant work ethic, family values, etc etc are not only western, but American. But this has changed too: the nihilist neoliberal USA of our epoch has no culture, or at least not one with any export value. Taylor Swift and Transgender rights are not Elvis and the Summer of Love.

More thoughts to come: thanks b for the prompt, and to all, as usual, for a community of intelligent conversation.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 28 2024 19:08 utc | 40

Posted by: wagelaborer | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 26

On Feb 25, 2022 Ukraine went to the ICJ claiming that since it was not committing genocide in the Donbas as Russia alleged it was, Russia must "stop the military operations in Ukraine".

On March 16 2022 in record time, ICJ issued a provisional order while it considers the merits of the case on the grounds that it was concerned that the SMO was killing Ukrainian civilians (presumably at a rate higher than the genocide that Russia alleged Ukraine was doing against ethnic Russians in the Donbass.

In the South Africa genocide case almost 6% of the Gaza population is dead, missing, abducted or injured in under 6 months.

South Africa's first request was: Israel must stop the military ops in Gaza unconditionally. Yet the ICJ issued an order in legalese leaving loopholes for Israel to continue killing.

Read the ICJ orders and read comments carefully instead of making knee jerk accusations.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:14 utc | 41

@ wagelaborer | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 26

me neither... pq is on hold for me.. i am skipping their posts..

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2024 19:14 utc | 42

The US is following good form in again providing cover for its fascist satellite states, so, in order words, fascism is a recurring instrument of US imperial policy, usually directed at non-white, non-Western polities, but not always (see: Yugoslavia, Argentina, now Ukraine). The ghost of Nazism is now running rampant in Israel, and Gaza is being subjected to a genocidal pogrom by the IDF, but here too there's relatively recent precedent in Fallujah, set directly by the US. As for Netanyahu, who seemingly fancies himself a Scipio against millions of unarmed women and children in Gaza, the Guardian reports that much of Israeli press, in non-partisan fashion, is declaring *him* an existential threat to Israel's future and a literal madman. Who can doubt that he's such a peril and so deranged, but is this perhaps not also an oblique admission by the Israeli intelligentsia that when the so-called "leader" embodies such existential peril and madness against the state he ostensibly leads, conspiracy, lies, subterfuges of the grossest sort, are not also perforce involved? I.e that the mad tyrant's culpability extends not only onto and with regards to matters seen and openly discussed, but even moreso to matters unseen by the majority and too existentially perilous for the very state to openly discuss?

Posted by: Ludo | Mar 28 2024 19:16 utc | 43

I remember when the WTO treaty was pushed through parliament without debate.
It was John Majors major (ha) achievement! He proceeded to happy retirement having set up NuLabour with an easy election and retired to the cricket stands and directorships including the big boys one - The Carlyle Group.

It was cited by BrexShiteers as a means for U.K. to trade as Global Britain!

There was a stitch up about settling issues by chosen judges. Giving corporates unprecedented rights against governments.

It seems that the great paid plans of Men and Mice have come a cropper.
The Global South have turned the tables.

It’s done when you can’t be trusted to trade with , You’ll never have a safe port!

Posted by: DunGroanin | Mar 28 2024 19:17 utc | 44

Superb post , b!

Bye, bye Treaty of Westphalia.

Posted by: canuck | Mar 28 2024 19:20 utc | 45

"Coincidentally I have just finished reading another such article at Dissident Voice. It is Part 7 (and more to come!) of a series by BJ Sabri and includes a useful introduction to US History a subject which, in my experience, few foreigners are expert".
Posted by: bevin | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 25

The highlight from the first part explains the hysteria of old Biden. We understand this in Russia.

"So, when the United States unleashes all kinds of threats and sanctions against any country that deals with Russia — but no one listens except NATO vassals — the irrefutable conclusion is obvious: Russia's campaign in Ukraine is finally leading to irreparable fractures in the American architecture of world control".

Posted by: Виктор | Mar 28 2024 19:22 utc | 46

Acco Hengst | Mar 28 2024 17:13 utc | 10--

Thanks very much for your reminder to the bar. For many years, I've openly said the USA immediately began violating the UN Charter as soon as it came into legal force in October 1945 and hasn't stopped since; and in the process, has also been violating its own Constitution since that time--the document POTUS swear to uphold and defend. Thus, the Outlaw US Empire was legally constituted via its illegal acts in October 1945--facts very few want to accept despite their veracity. And now--AGAIN--we have 100% proof that the Outlaw US Empire is indeed a Rogue, a Desperado, an International Crime Syndicate to the nth degree.

So, what does it really mean that the US Constitution's been a broken instrument since October 1945? How legitimate are all the laws passed since then? If every POTUS was guilty of constantly violating what it swore to uphold, what legitimacy does the US political system have? Each of the POTUS's deserved to be Impeached AND Convicted under the Law of the Land, including Biden and his main challenger Trump. And that brings into the legitimacy of the US Supreme Court whose justices were all nominated by POTUS's that were illegitimate? And what then of Congress who has refused to impeach and convict every POTUS since October 1945 for the basic crime of undermining the US Constitution and failing to carry out the duties of the Executive?

And what does this all say about the US public's level of basic Constitutional literacy as well as that of every person employed by government at any point within the Federalist System since October 1945? I've known about this since I took Civics in 1972 and studied the US Constitution and the UN Charter. Admittedly, I haven't stood on a street corner with a sign saying all of the above since then. But in the mid 1990s, I decided I needed to do something. My advocacy got me banned from commenting at Common Dreams.org and by Disqus. MoA is the one place I've been able to advocate my points and be accepted by its controller. I went to VK knowing I wouldn't be censored there and finally to substack where I've done the same and bult a small following of 1700+ people from all over the planet. It would be awesome if people with a much larger audience like Simplicius would adopt my description--the Outlaw US Empire--as he now has 30,000+ subscribers. And then there're those who won't allow my comments containing my descriptor to be posted, Larry Johnson being one, despite my spelling out the why that's empirically correct.

I'll admit to being very pleased when the Outlaw US Empire is used by others; it means my efforts haven't been in vain. Somehow that needs to be pounded into the heads of 300+ million people within that Empire. And most of all into the heads of those who can actually do something about it--legislators, governors, and Congresscritters. I do believe they all make a similar vow to uphold the Constitution just as Naturalized Citizens and members of the Military must, so they must perform their duties.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2024 19:23 utc | 47

From ICJ March 16, 2022

allegations of genocide (order 16 III 22)
24
The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations
that it commenced on 24 February 2022 in the territory of Ukraine;
in favour: President Donoghue; Judges Tomka, Abraham, Bennouna, Yusuf,
Sebutinde, Bhandari, Robinson, Salam, Iwasawa, Nolte, Charlesworth;
Judge ad hoc Daudet;
against: Vice-­President Gevorgian; Judge Xue;
(2) By thirteen votes to two,
The Russian Federation shall ensure that any military or irregular
armed units which may be directed or supported by it, as well as any
organizations and persons which may be subject to its control or direc-
tion, take no steps in furtherance of the military operations referred to in
point 1 above;
in favour: President Donoghue; Judges Tomka, Abraham, Bennouna, Yusuf,
Sebutinde, Bhandari, Robinson, Salam, Iwasawa, Nolte, Charlesworth;
Judge ad hoc Daudet;
against: Vice-­President Gevorgian; Judge Xue;
(3) Unanimously,
Both Parties shall refrain from any action which might aggravate or
extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.

My point is that the ICJ has never made such a definitive order is Israel.


The more recent order you linked to is not accurately reported in the media.

To understand it better you need to follow the whole thread of Russia's submissions. It's above your pay grade so I won't bother and anyway the details of that are not relevant to the thread.

Thinking people will understand that ordering something under xyz article of the Genocide Convention is not exactly the same as a direct order to STOP.

Legally one can commit war crimes outside of the scope of the GC which is a much lower charge under Rome Statutes.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:27 utc | 48

Also worth noting is the new Al Jazeera mostly-definitive and comprehensive documentary recounting of the events of the days surrounding October 7. Apparently it was released on March 20, although today is the first I've heard of it. Nothing really surprising to those of us following along, but for reasons I will get into, very much worth watching or revisiting.

In particular, insofar as my own and librul's comments on the matter, some journalists like Jonathan Cook are pushing the case that it was in fact a complete surprise to Israel, due only to incredible colonial hubris, an analysis with which I still disagree, per my previous commentary on how things aren't "black and white" in the real world. I remain convinced - due to several points of evidence - that certain compartmentalized individuals and/or groups in the IOF, Shin Bet and Mossad knew it was probably coming and did what they could to be as unprepared as possible.

Regardless, it's a gripping film and shows the true horrors of that day, including the ones committed by Hamas (something I still believe they were fully within their rights as imprisoned, occupied people to do). What I will not comment on is the more brutal, far less disciplined actions of the follow-on "wave" of Gazans who also entered the breach to loot and damage property, and commit other acts unbefitting of and out of line with those of the well trained, mission focused Hamas fighters.

Cook's analysis: https://jonathancook.substack.com/p/we-were-lied-into-the-gaza-genocide

Press release: https://network.aljazeera.net/en/press-releases/%E2%80%9Coctober-7%E2%80%9D

Video documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0atzea-mPY

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:31 utc | 49

The Yiddish people that prospered demographically in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus are partly of Italo-Roman origin, as is logical, since Judaism was a religion that spread like wildfire among women and was present "in all the nations of the world" (here I am quoting Flavius ​​Josephus which coincides with other classical sources) and Rome was a huge city full of converts. And, on the other hand, Turkish, Persian-Iranian, Greek and Syrian

But the big issue is that the grandchildren of the Yiddish people held the reins of the imperial Beast since 1963/67/97

My estimate is that this last version of the Roman Empire has perhaps 30 years left, although it is very tempting and precisely for this reason false or forced to round the figures to two hundred years from the very beginning (1846-) or one hundred years since foundation (1945-) of the imperial Beast (-2045)

Posted by: Simon | Mar 28 2024 19:31 utc | 50


Bye, Bye Westphalian Pie

Farewell, Treaty of Westphalia, goodbye,
The US has shed the Crown, oh how high!
And the Jester, The City, stands firm, defiant,
As the treaty's fall marks a change, reliant.

Bye bye, Westphalian pie, we bid adieu,
Drove my Tesla to the levy, no dew,
For the levy was dry, no tear, no sigh,
As good old guys sang, "The West shall now die."

This day, the West has died, they sing with pride,
A shift in tides, where old ways now collide. (1)

1. Title by canuck; rhyming iambic pentameter by Walmart chatGPT-inspired by Don Mclean- all royalties to be paid to "Canuk Marxist Ltd.(TM)(2)

2. Started Easter drinkin...(3)

3. Editor: canuck can no longer post anywhere until further notice-ie. when he sobers up, which one hopes is rather soonish.

Posted by: canuck | Mar 28 2024 19:32 utc | 51

Posted by: bevin | Mar 28 2024 18:18 utc | 25

Awesome, thanks for the link to the series.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:27 utc | 49

Above whose pay grade?

And yes, there is intricate legalize and also legal (and unethical) legal maneuvering going on all the time.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:35 utc | 52

Why would they tell Russia to leave Palestinians alone?

Posted by Wagelaborer #26

I clearly said the ICJ ordered Russia to stop the SMO in UKRAINE on March 16, 2022 per Ukraine's request. Out of concern for civilian deaths.

In contrast the ICJ has never ordered Israel to clearly stop per South Africa's request #1 in its 80 page submission. It instead issued a half assed order in legalese.

Q.1. If you're unfamiliar with this why not check the ICJ site before replying???

Q.2. If you're too lazy to do that, what does it cost you to ask politely?


Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:37 utc | 53

What's to ponder?
from Bhadrakumar's latest --

"The war is slated to escalate dramatically and it is a matter of time before western combat deployment takes place in Ukraine."

Putin's already losing the Concert Hall Slaughter pubic argument. The West is lying through teeth the size of elephant tusks while Putin looks like he's still looking for answers.

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Mar 28 2024 19:41 utc | 54

Above whose pay grade?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:35 utc | 53

Above the pay grade of people who
a. Don't read comments carefully
b. Don't do basic research before replying and
c. Resort to unnecessarily rude language in their ignorant replies instead of just asking: please can you clarify, that doesn't seem to be the case.


Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:41 utc | 55

From Jonathan Cook's article, the conclusion re: the media ecosystem, its manipulation (and willing complicity) and the lies of October 7.

Woeful imbalance The one issue largely overlooked by Al Jazeera is the astonishing failure of the western media across the board to cover 7 October seriously or investigate any of the atrocities independently of Israel’s own self-serving accounts.

The question hanging over Al Jazeera’s documentary is this: how is it possible that no British or US media organisation has undertaken the task that Al Jazeera took on? And further, why is it that none of them appear ready to use Al Jazeera’s coverage as an opportunity to revisit the events of 7 October?

In part, that is because they themselves would be indicted by any reassessment of the past five months. Their coverage has been woefully unbalanced: wide-eyed acceptance of any Israeli claim of Hamas atrocities, and similar wide-eyed acceptance of any Israeli excuse for its slaughter and maiming of tens of thousands of Palestinian children in Gaza.

But the problem runs deeper.

This is not the first time that Al Jazeera has shamed the western press corps on a subject that has dominated headlines for months or years.

Back in 2017, an Al Jazeera investigation called The Lobby showed that Israel was behind a campaign to smear Palestinian solidarity activists as antisemites in Britain, with Jeremy Corbyn the ultimate target.

That smear campaign continued to be wildly successful even after the Al Jazeera series aired, not least because the investigation was uniformly ignored. British media outlets swallowed every piece of disinformation spread by Israeli lobbyists on the issue of antisemitism.

A follow-up on a similar disinformation campaign waged by the pro-Israel lobby in the US was never broadcast, apparently after diplomatic threats from Washington to Qatar. The series was eventually leaked to the Electronic Intifada website.

Then 18 months ago, Al Jazeera broadcast an investigation called The Labour Files, showing how senior officials in Britain’s Labour Party, assisted by the UK media, waged a covert plot to stop Corbyn from ever becoming prime minister. Corbyn, Labour’s democratically elected leader, was an outspoken critic of Israel and supporter of justice for the Palestinian people.

Once again, the British media, which had played such a critical role in helping to destroy Corbyn, ignored the Al Jazeera investigation.

There is a pattern here that can be ignored only through wilful blindness.

Israel and its partisans have unfettered access to western establishments, where they fabricate claims and smears that are readily amplified by a credulous press corps.

And those claims only ever work to Israel’s advantage, and harm the cause of ending decades of brutal subjugation of the Palestinian people by an Israeli apartheid regime now committing genocide.

Al Jazeera has once again shown that, on matters that western establishments consider the most vital to their interests – such as support for a highly militarised client state promoting the West’s control over the oil-rich Middle East – the western press is not a watchdog on power but the establishment’s public relations arm.

Al Jazeera’s investigation has not just revealed the lies Israel spread about 7 October to justify its genocide in Gaza. It reveals the utter complicity of western journalists in that genocide.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:44 utc | 56

More October 7 lies unravel.

https://asawinstanley.substack.com/p/israeli-source-of-executed-children

The Jewish extremist responsible for concocting some of Israel’s worst atrocity propaganda about 7 October has admitted that one of his stories about Hamas executing children was untrue.

Yossi Landau of the group ZAKA concedes in a new interview with Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that dead bodies he previously claimed to have seen in Kibbutz Be’eri were “not children.”

In the interview he admits: “When you look at them and they’re burned you don’t know exactly the ages. So you’re talking about 18-year-old, 20 years old … you just don’t look on the spot … to see the ages or something like that.”

The interview is part of Al Jazeera’s new documentary, October 7, which confirms that Israel itself killed a number of the Israeli dead that day – as The Electronic Intifada has reported all along.

In the documentary, Landau is pressed by producer Richard Sanders to explain a story he repeatedly spread to journalists last year.

“You’re talking children,” Landau claimed to Sky News in October. “Piles of 10 children each were tied to the back, [then] burned [in] the bed. Something behind this is next level … it’s indescribable.”

It’s a story that Landau repeated again and again in the wake of the 7 October Palestinian military assault. His lurid allegations successfully demonized Palestinians and helped pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 32,000 people. [CONTINUES...]

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:49 utc | 57

>> But trade is only one field of international relations and other WTO members have found ways to solve disputes even without its court.

Sadly, they haven't. Not since the US of A have discovered the tiny loophole 'national security exception's in international trade laws and broadened it into a highway that western bulldozers have been using for the last decade to implement any trade restrictions they fancy in the form of 'sanctions' against countries and -increasingly - companies and individuals. Illegal sanctions, weren't for the 'national security' exception the US attaches to each of their sanctions to get around the requirement of a UN security council vore confirming the sanction.

Meaning the US does as they please, and nobody can do a thing about it. National security. The same trick they used to abolish the American constitution.

Posted by: Marvin | Mar 28 2024 19:49 utc | 58

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:41 utc | 56

Side note, and correction which I'm sure you understood as a typo the first time, but "legalize" was an auto "correct" on my original "legalese" in my first post to you.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:51 utc | 59

The biggest unknowns being: can it arise without a major global war, who will lead the construction of its foundations and how can it be set up so that this time around it is fair for all and respected by all?

I'll leave it to you to ponder those questions.
======================

The UN does actually have a "right to defend itself."

It seems obvious to me that the first step is to activate whatever mechanisms are in place to throw out members who are repeat offenders for thumbing nose at UN and thereby undermining the whole organization. The USA and Israel.

Then, once the USA and Israel are gone, invoke a speeded-up process to make Palestine a member of the UN

At the same time: Start a search for a location and funding of a new UN headquarters. Or an interim headquarters.

At the same time: Start discussions regarding the creation of a multinational multinational enforcement force---or perhaps more than one. Set up a military-legal committee to study this.

Posted by: Jane | Mar 28 2024 19:53 utc | 60

might equals right,it was always thus

Posted by: James | Mar 28 2024 19:53 utc | 61

Hope this isn't too much of a thread derail but there are multiple mainstream media reports of Russian warships in the Red Sea. I'm not sure what this means.

Posted by: Kate the Skate | Mar 28 2024 19:54 utc | 62

" the usa is destroying international institutions it helped to set up "

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2024 16:59 utc | 4 "


You sound like you're surprised, when in fact, this was the intended outcome all along. The UN, the the various " international" courts, the various human rights and climate treaties and so forth .......... Were just traps to ensnare the nations of the world into a " rule based " legalistic prison. It allowed the US to " legally" enact sanctions and embargos, things that used to be considered acts of war. It allowed the US to engage in " humanitarian " interventions, and to meddle in other nation's affairs because of " human" rights", a nebulous, undefinable concept. The US knew all along it would never allow itself to fall under the jurisdiction of said organization, courts, and international rules yet it pushed for and fully supported the establishment of these international " norms" . The smart folks can understand why, It was a trap.

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:00 utc | 63

You sound like you're surprised, when in fact, this was the intended outcome all along. The UN, the the various " international" courts, the various human rights and climate treaties and so forth .......... Were just traps to ensnare the nations of the world into a " rule based " legalistic prison. It allowed the US to " legally" enact sanctions and embargos, things that used to be considered acts of war. It allowed the US to engage in " humanitarian " interventions, and to meddle in other nation's affairs because of " human" rights", a nebulous, undefinable concept. The US knew all along it would never allow itself to fall under the jurisdiction of said organization, courts, and international rules yet it pushed for and fully supported the establishment of these international " norms" . The smart folks can understand why, It was a trap.

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:00 utc | 64

The above is a response to

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2024 16:59 utc | 4

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:01 utc | 65

Not only UN and WTO. Also in sport matters I think IOC and WADA are being destroyed by their specifically anti-Russian politization.

Posted by: w | Mar 28 2024 20:04 utc | 66

Posted by: Kate the Skate | Mar 28 2024 19:54 utc | 63

If true, seems on topic vis-a-vis Palestine. Do you have links? Is it unusual for Russian navy ships to traverse the Red Sea?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:06 utc | 67

'The biggest unknowns being: can it arise without a major global war, who will lead the construction of its foundations and how can it be set up so that this time around it is fair for all and respected by all?'

The U.S. has been destroying its internal systems even faster than it has been destroying the international system. One needs only to look at its industrial system, educational system, health-care system, judicial system, electoral system, financial system, etc. to see a society in a state of rapid self-immolation.

Of the U.S.'s three main sources of power projection (industrial power, military power and financial power) its industrial power has long been eclipsed, the failing of its military power is on full display in Ukraine and the Middle East, and only its financial power remained competitive, until now. Financial power is underpinned, not only by industrial and military power, but also by trust. Because of its economic wars against Russia and China, the U.S. has lost that trust. Now, because of its behavior at the U.N. and with respect to Gaza, the U.S. is becoming toxic. The world, outside of the captive West, will flee the dollar as if it were a rabid skunk.

With the loss of its ability to project power, the U.S. will no longer be able to extort wealth from the rest of the world. Assuming that it does not commit suicide by nuclear war, the U.S. will become poor, isolated and left alone to slowly rebuild from the ashes of a once great nation. It will take decades, maybe never.

As for who will rebuild the international system, in the absence of an isolated U.S. (with the UK and Europe essentially in the same boat), a new international system will evolve amongst the nations comprising the other 87% of human society, like all complex systems evolve, through trial and error, distributed leadership, cooperation and collaboration.


Posted by: dh-mtl | Mar 28 2024 20:08 utc | 68

Israel will allegedly begin forcing the ultra-orthodox Jewish population to participate in the IDF's conscription program.

https://www.rt.com/news/595073-israel-force-jews-serve-army/

Israeli society is being torn to shreds as we speak. Maybe something good, even if small, will come of this in the short- to mid-term.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:09 utc | 69

" Not to mention that Israel itself has nukes, thanks to the treason of the Jewish puppets that rule the Subservient States of America.
Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 18:19 utc | 27 "


Doesnt This imply that powerful nations, like China and Russia, cant do anything against a POS midget like Israel because it has nukes ? Doesnt that mean Israel is the final winner then ? This begs the question, what if the US didnt exist , Would China and Russia still be so " impotent" against Israel ? Would they forcibly intervene ? In fact, how would this situation be different according to the fine patrons here ?

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:13 utc | 70

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:06 utc | 67

Sputnik - A detachment of Pacific Fleet warships has crossed the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Red Sea as part of a long march, the Pacific Fleet reported - "A detachment of Pacific Fleet warships, including the Varyag missile cruiser and Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate, has crossed the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Red Sea"

Posted by: rk | Mar 28 2024 20:16 utc | 71

By doing so, the US effectively destroys the world order it largely created after WW2 because it effectively tells everyone that the set of institutions, rules and norms that underpin it are meaningless.

Allow me to correct: the US tells everyone that the set of institutions, rules and norms that underpin it are meaningless for the US only. For the ROW they apply and should anyone disagree, primary and secondary sanctions will solve the issue.

Posted by: scc | Mar 28 2024 20:17 utc | 72

" Meaning the US does as they please, and nobody can do a thing about it. National security. The same trick they used to abolish the American constitution.

Posted by: Marvin | Mar 28 2024 19:49 utc | 59 "


Yes they can. They can sanction / embargo Israel, the US, or both, under the same pretexts the US uses, But we all know they wont. Sad world.

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:20 utc | 73

If my memory serves me well, it was the DPRK which first publicly announced that the USA's signature wasn't worth the paper it was written on, using the broken agreements with Iran as an example.

I think that the "D.C." in "Washington D.C." should mean "Dollar Cartel", run by gangsters.

Ethnicity doesn't matter - gangsters are just gangsters.

They run cartels and demand protection money...

Hollywood has spent decades glorifying them, their violence and their scams.

Posted by: hh | Mar 28 2024 20:22 utc | 74

" At the same time: Start discussions regarding the creation of a multinational multinational enforcement force---or perhaps more than one. Set up a military-legal committee to study this.

Posted by: Jane | Mar 28 2024 19:53 utc | 61 "


Do tell, how will this force be used against the US, Israel, and all other Zionist controlled nations ? The UN doesnt even have nukes like Russia or China, and we all know how " cautious" they seem to be when " standing up" to the US and the Zio Empire.

Posted by: Moonie | Mar 28 2024 20:23 utc | 75

Inside the US no one is able to see any of this. Excepting suchlike as the barflies gathered here. At no level of education or experience can Americans see that they are become pariahs.

Two ways to deal with this. Smack them in the face with a 4x4. Repeat. For most that won't work either. The other method is to isolate America, wall it off. The Americans are already doing this to themselves so help them along. Then just ignore them.

A few things would be lost. Can't have jazz without America. Most of the rest of the American Experience has been crapified. Experience it in old movies maybe. Hollywod only makes crap now.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 28 2024 20:25 utc | 76

"why did so-called Jews need the British Empire to give the the land in question?"
Posted by: Liberator | Mar 28 2024 17:50 utc | 17

It was a christian anglosaxon imperial plan that needed the Jews. English clergyman Thomas Brightman from a speech in 1585 is quoted by Donald Wagner's Christian Zionist primer part 1
where Brightman expresses the aim to achieve a jewish migration to Palestine.
Since one estimate of the beginning of the british empire is 1583 after the Desmond wars, I intuite that Brightman wasnt acting on his own but that his action was part of Englands imperial preparations.
And that jews were now wanted to return to England after having been expelled for centuries.
They were to become a partner in the imperial project.
Apart from money they may also have had access to information needed in foreign lands. Like maps and maybe some navigational skills.
The jews had collaborated with Portugal and Spain so how would England be able to bring them closer?
Maybe one of the ways was to launch Brightman.
That was my guess.
I dont know for sure.
Centuries later in 1839 the British called the jews darkhearted and stiffnecked so those british christian zionists or british israelites weren't subservient to the jews and these enthusiastic imperialists talked the court jews to join the plans.
Unlike what happened after some 50 more years there was no strong jewish interest group requesting it.

It is telling that most everybody who is involved in this debate seemingly always hides or is ignorant about what the Israel project was all about in the Victorian era.
The Christian British Israelites or Christian Zionists have different priorities from other Europeans.
One difference is that King Charles III's female ancestors also Christian Zionists are buried in Jerusalem where Charles recently visited the graves.
It wasnt about the jews but about the empire.
However something no historian has brought up that I am aware of, is that it may also have been about controlling the bankers.
Perhaps not in the early phase before Germany and Russia became a serious competition but certainly well before the founding of Herzl' zionist organisation in 1897.
The detailed timing of the events are likely to make a difference and whatever the Rothschilds said later than certain dramatic incidents ought to be interpreted not only as any deeply felt intention but also as the result of an earlier serious threat.
The threat was probably about not continuing to nurture business-relations with an economically expanding and industrious Germany. Nor with a rising Tsar Russia that came to be the biggest oil-producer.
Until 1871 Britain needed Germany to fight France so the ties to Germany were acceptable. After that Germany had a bad experience with the consequences of british liberalism as it was applied in Germany and turned to the american system that Larouche et al often refer to. That is protectionism and infrastructure etc.
At some point Germany now no longer was the lesser rival when compared to France.
I am not able to pinpoint the precise year. But the period of Lord Robert Cecil between 1886-1892 was probably very decisive.

Posted by: petergrfstrm | Mar 28 2024 20:29 utc | 77

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 19:51 utc | 60

Yes, I did understand. In the meantime:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240328-bill-to-close-al-jazeera-offices-passes-second-third-knesset-readings/amp/

A bill to close the offices of foreign networks that “work against the state”, including Al Jazeera, passed its second and third reading in the Israeli Knesset, the Israeli Public Broadcaster reported yesterday.

The draft law, which aims to prevent the operation of the Qatari media network Al Jazeera and similar entities within the occupation state, authorises the minister of communications to take measures against foreign channels which Israel deems to be working against the security of the occupation state, after the approval of the prime minister and the Council of Ministers or the government.

Pretty much the only English MSM reporting the war from on the ground in Gaza apart from independents like Quds News Network etc.

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 20:34 utc | 78

Milestones/Millstones of a Nation in Decline

November 1963
January 1981
September 2001
July 2016
November 2020

Posted by: Figleaf23 | Mar 28 2024 20:37 utc | 79

If resolutions are nonbinding why do they put so much effort in vetoing them?

Posted by: Minaa | Mar 28 2024 20:41 utc | 80

petergrfstrm | Mar 28 2024 20:29 utc | 77

why did so-called Jews need the British Empire to give the the land in question?"
Posted by: Liberator | Mar 28 2024 17:50 utc | 17

It was a christian anglosaxon imperial plan that needed the Jews.

Or far more likely it was a Jewish plan that needed the Zionist (read: Anti-) Christians, of which he, like Darby and Scofield, was one.

Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 20:41 utc | 81

Savagery of the Zionists never stops sinking to ever lower depths of depravity.

https://twitter.com/tparsi/status/1773382093289988108

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:43 utc | 82

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:06 utc | 67

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/russian-says-several-of-its-warships-enter-red-sea-amid-houthi-attacks/

Looks true, per Russian Navy.

Posted by: Mary | Mar 28 2024 20:44 utc | 83

Posted by: Pq | Mar 28 2024 19:27 utc | 49

Alexander Mercuris disagrees with you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8afBulnLm8w

He does not strike me as someone who does not read carefully.

Posted by: Turk 152 | Mar 28 2024 20:45 utc | 84

Roger | Mar 28 2024 18:44 utc | 36--

Good framing of the story. Problem is the USA made the Post-War rules based order which was the UN Charter then the Truman administration broke it through its actions that were begun--apparently--without FDR's knowledge prior to his death (indeed, there are some who think FDR's death was "helped") so the new American Fascism could take the reins while the war was still alive. There's lots of evidence that a segment of the US Military didn't want demobilization to occur as rapidly as it did--something the US Public demanded. The immediate raising of the Anti-Communist Crusade was something that overwhelmed an unsuspecting public as was other information kept from the public, specifically the utter and 100% unnecessary devastation of the atomic bombings of Japan that signaled the arrival of the new Amercian Fascism.

Patroklos | Mar 28 2024 19:08 utc | 41--

IMO, what's missing is the initial attempt to financialize the US economy that resulted in the Stock market crash and Great Depression with the Cultural Imperialistic product of that time being Jazz and Hollywood. It must also be noted that the Post-WW1 period saw the first chapter of the Anti-Communist Crusade within the USA and its own version within Europe. Again. US Military censorship didn't allow the "confession" by Hindenburg to George Seldes that it was the entry of US forces that forced Germany to surrender, not some mysterious "stab-in-the-back" Hitler and others were able to use as propaganda supporting their political aims. We also know that American Fascism was on the rise in tandem with what was happening in Europe. And we also know that US diplomacy followed a policy of unilateralism that was deemed traditional since George Washington and that the US sought the same sort of "imperialist prerogatives" enjoyed by the European Empires specifically regarding China, which is why the Open Door policy was formed and still exists.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2024 20:51 utc | 85

Posted by: Mary | Mar 28 2024 20:44 utc | 83 and rk

I sure hope Ansar Allah have been living up to their pledge not to attack Russian, Chinese or other ships not supporting the genocide. I also hope that Russia hasn't been supplying the Zionists or engaging in trade with them via that particular route (which would seem a strange one given other options, but I'm no expert on maritime trade routes to and from Russia).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 28 2024 20:51 utc | 86

An observation, if I may.

The support for Isreali crimes comes from Western democracies.

Those democracies are mostly dominated by party politics. That system allows malignant forces like Zionists to divide and conquer by using political donations to steer those parties toward policies that favour Zionist interests.

The fatal flaw in this strategy is that truly competent people, the sort you want running your nation, don't like conflicted interests. Those people do not present for election as party candidates, and if they naively make the mistake of doing so, don't last long.

When we look at the Western leadership we see a parade of nonsensical nullities. This does not bode well for the Zionists and their campaign for global domination.

The failure of the UN and other global mechanisms to act to bring an end to the Isreali genocide serves to underline the utter evil of the Zionists and will hopefully drive their extermination as the scales they have placed on humanities eyes fall away and a sane and self preservation driven response is delivered.

One can only hope, and spread the word.

Posted by: eagle eye | Mar 28 2024 20:52 utc | 87

A new highlight of German idiocy & embarassment to our species is reporter Jan Dirk Herbermann (daily TAGESSPIEGEL) at the UN press conference of Francesca Albanese:

https://twitter.com/MintPressNews/status/1773342604387655963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1773342604387655963%7Ctwgr%5Ebabdfb42a6f0d1ec8c068530e087d7d3cff7d86c%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.craigmurray.org.uk%2Fforums%2Ftopic%2Fbreaking-news-gaza-only%2F

or see original video starting at TC: 8:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8512p-80wI

Posted by: AG | Mar 28 2024 20:55 utc | 88

karlof1 | Mar 28 2024 19:23 utc | 48

And most of all into the heads of those who can actually do something about it...

At this point that could only be the military.

Under the orders of an authentic commander-in-chief, a division of marines would be dispatched pronto to the hive in Langley to surround the place, give the occupants 10 minutes to vacate the building with their hands on their heads, audit the premises, and then burn the place to the ground, and then let the debriefings commence.

Just for starters, I think this would get everyone's attention.

Posted by: john | Mar 28 2024 21:01 utc | 89

Western "Intellectuals" are catching up to facts the global south has known for a long time. Meh, better late than never I suppose.

Posted by: liveload | Mar 28 2024 21:07 utc | 90

Posted by: Turk 152 | Mar 28 2024 20:45 utc | 84

Alexander Mercuris, random youtube geopolitical analyst, who's actually a failed/disgraced lawyer with mental illness problems disagrees? Boy do I feel stupid, kek!

Posted by: Tranny Cirillo | Mar 28 2024 21:24 utc | 91

With the due respect:

You are a gentleman. Polite and tempered.

Why do you fall of the grace of your rational mind?

Do not let the frustration become irrational.

You said:

"I've known about this since I took Civics in 1972 and studied the US Constitution and the UN Charter. Admittedly, I haven't stood on a street corner with a sign saying all of the above since then. But in the mid 1990s, I decided I needed to do something. My advocacy got me banned from commenting at Common Dreams.org and by Disqus. MoA is the one place I've been able to advocate my points and be accepted by its controller. I went to VK knowing I wouldn't be censored there and finally to substack where I've done the same and bult a small following of 1700+ people from all over the planet. It would be awesome if people with a much larger audience like Simplicius would adopt my description--the Outlaw US Empire--as he now has 30,000+ subscribers. And then there're those who won't allow my comments containing my descriptor to be posted, Larry Johnson being one, despite my spelling out the why that's empirically correct"

Your words.

Be safe!

PS.: The end NEVER & EVER justifies the means. Because you become the same aggressor.

Posted by: BeGood | Mar 28 2024 21:25 utc | 92

john | Mar 28 2024 21:01 utc | 89--

I so recall the first place Trump visited after his Drain the Swamp slogan that got him elected was CIA HQ to assure them of his loyalty to their organization. That fact alone ought to keep people from voting for him, but then there's an even bigger Outlaw named Biden.

As usual, I'm merely preaching to the choir. Note not one reply voicing support or promising to spread the term. Unfortunately, my rant is too well known here and will be ignored as usual.

So, john, thanks for noticing and replying!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2024 21:25 utc | 93

BeGood | Mar 28 2024 21:25 utc | 92--

Well, that's a new form of ad hominin. I suppose I'm to be grateful for being targeted in such a manner.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2024 21:28 utc | 94

Do not let your ego be mad. All of that "I", "Me" sounds irrational and some kind of justification...

Return to your core. Do not let your spirit down.

Posted by: BeGood | Mar 28 2024 21:31 utc | 95

Turk 152 | Mar 28 2024 20:45 utc | 84

Alexander Mercuris disagrees with you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8afBulnLm8w

Not watching a video to see what he says, but the ICJ ruling is online and literally says what PQ quoted (see p. 23-24 here).

Why do you persist in spreading disinformation when it is so very easy to find the relevant source document (i.e. the Mar. 16, 2022 ICJ ruling) using ... the internet? Strange. And if Mercouris says in that video what you claim he says (which I doubt, since he seems pretty careful as you stated) ... very bad on him.

Posted by: CalDre | Mar 28 2024 21:33 utc | 96

"Ad Hominem"?

Where?

I'm quoting your words.

Where is my logical fallacy?

Stop drinking and posting

Posted by: BeGood | Mar 28 2024 21:35 utc | 97

It's hilarious that anybody has believed anything said by the talking heads in the zionist-occupied usa gov during my entire lifetime:

"Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you're stupid. Did you hear that? - stupid." -Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 1965

"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." -William Blum

In a sane world, the ZOG of the usa, and "israel", have both, by their actions and inactions, forfeited any right to wield power either might ever have had legitimately.

(But of course this is not a sane world because 1% in this world are allowed to grab and keep 90+% of world wealth *for no reason* while 99% do the work that created it but get underpaid to superextremes - which any child can see is insanely unjust.)

If you feel sure that people who operate on the conviction that their group is absolutely superior to all other humans will always risk YOUR complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of THEIR advantages, you're a hopeless dolt without self-respect or survival instinct if you tolerate that group.

Posted by: DuchessAndBob | Mar 28 2024 21:35 utc | 98

@Patroklos | Mar 28 2024 19:08 utc | 41

In this it defeated the USSR which could not compete with Elvis, Coca-Cola, Hollywood.

And that is a problem. At the time both the USA and the USSR (and their respective allies) produced some good cultural products, but it was the cheap(est) pop culture that captured much of the (third) world. That gave a negative feedback to the USA and its allies. Especially to the USA that always had a strong anti-intellectual party.

If one thinks that when the Spanish Empire was the hegemon, it had Cervantes, de la Barca and Velazquez. The Kingdom of France had Descartes, Voltaire and Molière. The British Empire had Dickens, Wilde and Adam Smith. The USA at its peak had (what?) Elvis, Coca Cola and Hollywood?
Even the British Empire at its twilight had Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Noël Coward and Laurence Olivier.

That is one of the reason why the actual influence and importance of the USA are constantly overrated. The other big reason is its economy.

Posted by: SG | Mar 28 2024 21:36 utc | 99

BTW, where's Can(c)uck? I totally need him to correct someone's spelling. Or tell us what wine his (ugly) wife likes to drink. Or even who he idolized as an adolescent (Ali?). Or tell us about his previous life occupation (a bookie?). And let's not forget his incessant conspiracy about the "city", I stubbed my toe this morning, it was obviously a "city of London" conspiracy. Do you ever add anything to these threads, or is it just irrelevant anecdotes about your (undoubtedly vast and interesting) life?

Posted by: Tranny Cirillo | Mar 28 2024 21:38 utc | 100

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