Israel has “the most moral army in the world”?

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30-07-19 11:24:00,

Eight days ago eleven Palestinian buildings containing seventy family apartments located in the illegally Israeli occupied East Jerusalem village of Wadi al-Hummus were demolished in a military-led operation by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers, policemen and municipal workers using bulldozers, backhoes and explosives. Residents who resisted were beaten by the soldiers, kicked down flights of stairs and even shot at close range with rubber bullets. The soldiers were recorded laughing and celebrating as they did their dirty work. Occupants who did not resist and who held their hands up in surrender were also not spared the rod, as were also foreign observers who were present to add their voices to those who were protesting the outrage. The injuries sustained by some of the victims have been photographed and are available online.

Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were “stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.” One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after “[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…”

Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, “…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’”

Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians, “knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists. “I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists,

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The West’s Moral Bankruptcy Exposed

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29-06-19 07:45:00,

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The moral bankruptcy of Western powers was exposed – inadvertently – with the recent publication of three separate news reports. Taken together the reports out last week illustrate the rank hypocrisy of Western governments.

Also, the way that the reports were prioritized or left disconnected demonstrates how the Western mainstream media serves as a dutiful propaganda service for state and corporate power.

First there was the Dutch-led inquiry into downing of the Malaysian MH17 airliner, which put the finger of blame on Russia for the disaster in 2014 when all 298 people onboard were killed.

That nearly five-year investigation has never provided any credible proof of Russian culpability, yet the Dutch-led investigators known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) continually level allegations that Russia supplied an anti-aircraft missile to Ukrainian rebels who purportedly blasted the Boeing 777 out of the sky.

Despite its evident failures of due process, nonetheless Western governments and media have lent the JIT allegations (slanders) undue credibility. The US, Britain and other NATO members last week called on Russia to comply with the JIT “investigation”, smearing Moscow as guilty of causing the MH17 deaths.

However, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad denounced the report as “ridiculous hearsay” aimed at “scapegoating Russia”. Tellingly, his comments were not widely reported in Western media.

For its part, Russia has vehemently rejected allegations of involvement in the MH17 disaster, as have pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels. Russia’s repeated offers of contributing information to the probe have been rebuffed by the Dutch-led JIT. By contrast, Russia’s own investigation has uncovered credible radar and forensic evidence that an anti-aircraft missile fired at the passenger jet actually came from military forces under the Kiev regime’s command. Russia’s evidence has been steadfastly ignored by Western media reports.

The credible suspect party – Kiev political and intelligence authorities – have been allowed to participate in and frame the JIT probe to inculpate Russia. The US, European Union and NATO back the Neo-Nazi dominated regime in Kiev, financially and militarily, since it seized power in a violent coup d’état back in 2014. That should be the real focus of scandal in the MH17 story.

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Medien, Moral, Macht

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17-12-18 01:39:00,

»Moralische Werte sind nicht Zweck, sondern Mittel der Machtpolitik.«, erklärte Nicholas J. Spykman – einer der wichtigsten US-Geo­stra­tegen des 20. Jahrhunderts – in seinem Buch America’s Strategy in World Politics: The United States and the Balance of Power von 1942.

Deshalb ist, wann immer geopolitische Akteure und die ihnen zugehörigen Medien moralische Werte als Begründung für ihr Handeln anführen, besondere Skepsis geboten.

Dies gilt etwa dann, wenn ein UNO-Bericht (verfasst unter Aufsicht eines US-Diplomaten und eines ehemaligen NATO-Funktionärs) der syrischen Regierung Giftgasangriffe vorwirft.

Oder dann, wenn die britische Regierung der russischen (mit vielen Folien, dafür ohne Belege) einen Giftmordversuch anlastet.

Auch dann, wenn das World Economic Forum die (ökonomisch nützliche) Migration fördern möchte.

Sicherlich dann, wenn angeblich russische Wahlhacker von der Firma Crowdstrike identifiziert werden (deren Gründer Mitglied des Atlantic Council ist, und deren Präsident Cyber-Experte unter FBI-Direktor Mueller war, der nun die Russland-Untersuchung leitet).

Aber selbst dann, wenn der angebliche Schuldige der saudische Kronprinz sein soll (der sich für Waffensysteme aus Russland und Wirtschaftskooperation mit China interessiert).

Medien und Moral – meist ein machtvoller Mix.

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Moral, Religion und Völkerrecht im Nahen Osten. Von Dr. Gerhard Fulda. – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Moral, Religion und Völkerrecht im Nahen Osten. Von Dr. Gerhard Fulda. – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

01-06-18 07:03:00,

Religion und Völkerrecht

Gegen Chaos und ungezügelte Gewalt kann sich ein Rechtssystem nur mit einer institutionellen Autorität durchsetzen, die seine Anwendung im Einzelfall sicherstellt.

Diese banale Feststellung ist für das Völkerrecht nicht selbstverständlich. Zwischen Völkerrecht und nationalem Recht besteht ein wesentlicher Unterschied: Im internationalen Recht ist der an diese Normen gebundene Staat selbst zugleich auch der “Gesetzgeber”.

Insoweit ähnelt das Völkerrecht der bloß freiwilligen Selbstverpflichtung eines Wirtschaftsunternehmens.

Interessengeleiteter “Realpolitik” gelingt es deshalb immer wieder, als lästig empfundene Einschränkungen der staatlichen Handlungsfreiheit beiseite zu schieben.

In der Geschichte des Völkerrechts sind Anstrengungen unternommen worden, diesen Mangel an Durchsetzungsfähigkeit zu überwinden. Aber auch die Unterwerfung unter die inzwischen bestehenden Ansätze internationaler Gerichtsbarkeit ist nicht erzwingbar.

Nur nach dem Recht der Vereinten Nationen kann heute der Sicherheitsrat in Sonderfällen auch gegen den Willen eines Staates bindende Entscheidungen und Sanktionen beschließen.

Historisch haben die europäischen Staaten versucht, diese Schwäche des Völkerrechts auch mit einer religiösen Unterlegung grundlegender zwischen den Staaten zu beachtender Prinzipien zu beheben. Die christliche Moral sollte das Recht stärken, wenngleich nicht immer mit noch heute überzeugenden Argumenten.

Zum Beispiel ist die koloniale Landnahme völkerrechtlich damit begründet worden, dass den sich der Mission versagenden “Barbaren” ein international zu beachtendes Eigentum an dem bewohnten Land gottgewollt gar nicht zustehen könne. Das von Ungläubigen bewohnte Land war “res nullium”, eine niemandem gehörende Sache, die man durch “Entdeckung” in Besitz nehmen durfte.

Eine solche Verknüpfung religiöser Überzeugungen mit einer völkerrechtlichen Textur ist auf israelischer Seite nicht zu erkennen.

Ehud Barak hat im Jahr 2000 betont:

“Religious belief and international law are a mismatch”.

Ein weiteres Zitat von Golda Meir kommt im Ergebnis dem res-nullium-Argument recht nahe:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”
(Golda Meir, The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969)

Mit solchen Zitaten soll nicht gesagt werden, hier stehe heute ein christlich akzentuiertes Völkerrecht einem jüdisch geprägten Völkerrecht gegenüber.

Bei uns hat sich das Völkerrecht zunehmend säkularisiert. In Israel nimmt die Bereitschaft ab, Völkerrecht überhaupt gelten zu lassen. Das gilt vor allem in Fragen der äußeren Sicherheit:

Die Selbstverständlichkeit,

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The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State, The Grand Plan for a New World Order | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State, The Grand Plan for a New World Order | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

29-05-18 08:42:00,

We bring to the consideration of our readers this incisive and carefully formulated analysis by Canada’s renowned philosopher Professor John McMurtry. 

The complete text published by the Journal of 9/11 Studies can be downloaded in pdf.

This article was first published by Global Research in February 2013

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I was sceptical of the 9-11 event from the first time I saw it on television. It was on every major network within minutes. All the guilty partieswere declared before any evidence was shown.The first questions of any criminal investigation were erased.  Who had the most compelling motives for the event? Who had the means to turn two central iconic buildings in New York into a pile of steel and a cloud of dust in seconds?[i]

Other questions soon arose in the aftermath. Why was all the evidence at the crime scenes removed or confiscated?

Who was behind the continuous false information and non-stop repetition of “foreign/Arab terrorists”when no proof of guilt existed? Who was blocking all independent inquiry?

Even 11 years on these questions are still not answered.

But those immediately named guilty without any forensic proof certainly fitted the need for a plausible Enemy now that the “threat of the Soviet Union” and “communist world rule” were dead.  How else could the billion-dollar-a-day military be justified with no peace dividend amidst a corporately hollowed-out U.S. economy entering its long-term slide? While all the media and most of the people asserted the official 9-11 conspiracy theory as given fact, not all did.

A Bay Street broker with whom I was improbably discussing the event in Cuba had no problem recognising the value meaning. When I asked what he thought about the official conspiracy theory, he was frank:

“You can call it what you want, but America needs a war to pull the people together and expand into new resource rich areas. That what it has always done from Mexico on. And that is what it needs now”.  When I wondered why none in the know said so, he smirked: “It would be impolite”, adding, “It affects the entire future prosperity of America and the West”.

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