The explosive difference between a flag honoring in a pre-game show of proud and comfortable patriotism with young Americans smartly saluting, and the flag in a flash back to 2011 and a small African nation’s brave and desperate show of patriotism in the face of its destruction was described at the Nuremberg Trials. Seek truth!
November 13, 2016, as this viewer waited for an exciting game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks to begin, and listened to the Star Spangled Banner, the TV camera brought into focus a US flag so huge that it covered the entire playing field. This brought a flash back to 2011, and an even larger mile long green national flag of Libya held above the heads of thousands among a near million Libyans wildly demonstrating on the outskirts of Tripoli for their revolutionary hero Gaddafi and their Green Book Arab Socialist wealthy nation as British and French warplanes and warships bombed Tripoli and Libya’s defense force and militias, and hunted its beloved revolutionary leader, who had brought their Libya up from the poorest nation in Africa to its richest, an independent African nation with a UN Quality of Life Index higher than nine European countries including Russia.
The difference between the flag featured in a pre-game show of proud and comfortable patriotism with young Americans smartly saluting, and the flag honorded in a flash back to 2011 and a small African nation’s brave and desperate show of patriotism is of course an explosive difference.
Americans like any other nation’s citizens should want to be happy and proud of their country.
Americans unlike the citizens of other nations (so very many of which have been bombed and or invaded by Americans), are at the same time citizens of the single superpower whose leaders demand the right to police all other nations.
Therein lies a bit of a hitch. Americans help draft a set of laws in 1945 under which the leaders of a nation whose leaders had demanded and pursued the right to police other nations with bombings and invasions were prosecuted in an international court of justice. When Americans salute their flag (often as US warplanes soar overhead), are they saluting as well a government whose leaders claim the right to bomb and invade at their own discretion in defiance of the very Nuremberg Principles of International Law used by the USA and other members of the United Nations to hang leaders and media celebrities of Nazi Germany?
Then too, your author always assumed that everyone’s mother and father taught their children not to go into someone else’s home uninvited, let alone go in and break something or push anyone around.
With this recollection in mind, this writer watched to see if any of these wonderful football stars were kneeling instead of standing at attention during the playing of the national anthem.
Post Script: Some game! Seattle by only a few points.
The massive rallies of nearly a million within a total Libyan population of a little over six million, expressed the Libyan people’s firm opposition to US led NATO’s ‘humanitarian intervention’ to such an astounding degree that Libya’s well educated personable spokesperson Seif Gadaffi seemed happily convinced that the NATO attack would have to end in the face of such huge demonstrations against it.
Your author shall never forget seeing on a European news site, an overjoyed Saif Gaddafi elated, smiling happily, trilled, relieved, convinced that the nightmare was over because a million, or more Libyans in a total population of little more than six, were wildly demonstrating with green flags for Gaddafi and their Jamahiriva or green book government on the outskirts of Tripoli even as NATO warplanes bombed within earshot. His elation was contagious, and for a moment or two I too naively thought yes, they would have to stop bombing for this overwhelming evidence that it was wrong.
Then I remembered the incredible seeming omniscient ability of Western media to blackout news. Of course, with world opinion always in it craw, ‘mainstream media’ simply never reported these massive demonstrations for Gaddafi and against the US NATO UN sponsored continuous bombing then already at this juncture three and half months long. (Non-Western media covering the demonstrations did note that the bombings of Tripoli “had declined since the rise of the marches in Tripoli with a shift to increased bombing of other parts of Libya.”)
Readers may view a few of the non-Western reports with videos and photos and if interested read the full translation of Gaddafi’s long speech of July 1, 2011 and HUGE PRO GADDAFI RALLY IN TRIPOLI – RAW FOOTAGE, 7/2/2011, www.blacklistednews.com/?news_id=14505 or videos can be seen with Gadaffi addressing the multitude by hookup to remote location at
Neither would conglomerate US media ever report that only one month BEFORE Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s gloating and bragging as having had a hand in Gadaffi’s (brutal) death, long term Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had made an abject belated public confession, speaking before Italian reporters regarding huge Italian protests against NATO’s war on Libya and its current relentless terror bombing during a strike for better work conditions in Rome in which the cry of union members was, “There is a silent massacre going on in Libya!” and “Don’t let Sirte, Bani Walid and Sebha become the new Fallujah or the new Guernica”.
Berlusconi, also known to own ninety percent of Italian media, confessed as follows: “Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi hasn’t been the victim of a popular uprising!” That is the conviction of Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi, who has been a friend of Gaddafi till Italy became one of the leading countries behind NATO’s war against Libya in March spoke as follows:
“This has nothing to do with a popular uprising. The Libyan people love Gaddafi, as I was able to see when I went to Libya”, Berlusconi said on Friday during a party meeting in Rome.
He said he suspects there was a plot against Gaddafi.
“Powerful people decided to give life to a new era by trying to oust Gaddafi,” Berlusconi said, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Earlier, in July, Berlusconi already said he was against NATO intervention in Libya but “had to go along with it”, therewith exposing the fragility of the alliance trying to murder Gaddafi.
He added: “What choice did I have considering America’s pressure, President Georgio Napolitano’s stance, and the Parliament’s decision?” [Berlusconi says Libyans love Qaddafi: as Italians protest against NATO, Voltairenet.org www.voltairenet.org/article171382.html]
Let the reader look at a peaceful and prosperous Libya, just five weeks before the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was urging the UN Security Council vote to bomb it, to the first week of February 2011, when the UN Quality of Life Index of 2010 had Libya ranked the 53rd highest nation, ahead of nine European nations (including Russia), a beautiful well kept Arab Socialist country, where everyone owned their own home, enjoyed free and modern health care, free good education up through PhD, a low infant mortality, the cheapest imaginable gasoline for cars – everyone was by law free from exploitation as even all wage labor was strictly forbidden in the Libyan constitution of a real decentralized democracy in which everyone participated at the local assemblies level where all issues of state concern were discussed before sending delegates to the central assembly of government in Tripoli. Political parties, or gangs of foreign backed profession politicians, were illegal.
Gaddafi’s Libya was Africa’s Most Prosperous Democracy, Zimbabwean Garikai Chengu a fellow at the Du Bois Institute for African Research at Harvard University, writes, “Contrary to popular belief, Libya, which western media described as “Gaddafi’s military dictatorship”, was in actual fact one of the world’s most democratic States,” and describes this in detail. “Even the New York Times, which was always highly critical of Colonel Gaddafi, conceded that in Libya, the intention was that “everyone is involved in every decision.” Tens of thousands of people take part in local committee meetings to discuss issues and vote on everything from foreign treaties to building schools.”
CNN, NY Times et al. have never reported that Libya, as opposed to desperately poor Egypt and Yemen had been enjoying a higher standard of living than nine European nations including Russia. Rather, they continued emphasizing Western media concocted misnomer ‘Arab Spring’ and long term condemnation of Gaddafi over his entire four decades of leadership of Libya and funding the movement for African Union as it Chairman.
For almost as long as Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Gaddafi had been slandered in the world’s monolithic corporate powerful daily news media by innuendo and lies denigrating Gaddafi ever since 1969, when he led the bloodless revolution that replaced a British imposed King with a solid Arab socialist government. Using revenue from the oil that had been previously stolen by Britten and France, Gaddafi brought ht Libya up from the poorest to the most prosperous nation in Africa, and was building the largest Aquifer ever created. A great underground river was bringing water to Benghazi and greening the desert.
Gaddafi had revived Nkruma’s African Union and was funding organizations that were fighting against the genocidal machinations of continuing European exploitation of Africa through financing tribal strife as the colonial powers have always done. Gaddafi was blocking US military’s AFRICON penetration in North Africa. Highly dangerous for the US and European establishment, Libya had begun minting part of the 44 billion US$ in gold held in Libya’s State Bank, threatening the US dollar as world currency.
Gaddafi, whose position officially was Defender of the Revolution, had made himself a greater target of assassination and vilification than Fidel Castro was for the speculative investors in neocolonial plundering who dominate the planet. In addition, Gaddafi, by his recent apology to African leaders on behalf of Arab nations for past Arab involvement in the African slave trade had infuriated extremists in neighboring Arab nations tightly allied with, and serving the foreign policy of Western powers.
CIA controlled media ridiculed Gaddafi, when he spoke as Chairman of the African Union in his 2009 address to the UN General Assembly. Gaddafi was the first and only delegate to ever to call for investigation of the UN itself for its role in the horrific loss of lives in Palestine and Korea. He demanded that besides those in Vietnam, Iraq, and that all bombings, invasions and occupations by US NATO forces must be investigated to seek justice and compensation for victims and survivors. Gaddafi bitterly explained the UN Charter’s provisions were all negated by the domination of a “Council of Terror” (Security Council) controlled by the Colonial Powers. No one else had, or has since, addressed the UN General Assembly asking that international law be brought to bear for the purpose of that just compensation, which3 would surely make investment in profitable crimes against humanity unprofitable and thus inoperable.
After forty years of building up Gaddafi as a villain and hateful brutal dictator worth assassination even at the cost of a hundred innocent Libyans as in President Reagan’s ordered criminal 1988 airstrike, an abysmally uneducated and diseducated American public and its propagandized allied citizens in Europe, were ready to believe whatever infantile lies US criminal media drummed up.
America’s CIA fed war establishment media had had little difficulty getting public opinion to accept their pinning the bombing of a Pan Am passenger plane on him. The world satellite audience of a CNN-New York Times led media cartel would never question the absurdity that a successful leader of a revolution that had saved tens of thousand of lives in bringing his once colonially impoverished people to have the best living standard in Africa, could have possibly have had an motive to order the mass murder of a plane load of innocent human beings. Gaddafi, in an unfortunate rush to see lifted the sanctions unjustly put Libyan oil for an unproven accusation, showed an amazing willingness to trust a Western court in an setup arena. The trial, according to the most highly placed legal authorities observing, was a travesty of justice. See [The case remains unsolved, as the man convicted died before his second appeal came up. See US News & World Report 1/2/2009 The Lockerbie Case by Nathan Thrall lockerbiecase.blogspot.com]
Though the 2008 Humanitarian U.S.-Libya Comprehensive Claims Settlement Agreement contributed to by American companies in Libya, unequivocally stated that “this agreement is being pursued on a purely humanitarian basis and does not constitute an admission of fault by either party,” Western media easily brought most viewers around the world to believe to the contrary that Gaddafi had admitted bombing the plane.
For further documentation regarding the text of this article see pertinent jay janson published articles listed below: Russians Calling Medvedev a “Traitor” for Not Vetoing UN NATO War on Libya in Larger Context Article’s larger theme is the willingness of humanity to accept of white world profitable investments in genocide until world economic power shifts from Europeans and their descendant nations overseas to the six sevenths of humanity they plunder. Realizing this, speculative investment bankers have Donald Trump demanding policy changes. Article portrays the immediate before and after of preposterous destruction of Libya. OpEdNews, May 5, 2016
USNATO Pilots Having Fun Bombing Libya? No USSR Migs like Vietnam Korea Fly relaxed over Mediterranean Sea, countryside and towns without fear of meeting defending warplanes, watch your missiles explode below on target, just as calmly as turning Iraqi soldiers retreating from Kuwait into a line of burning vehicles and 100,000 corpses. Bombing Korea and Vietnam not a sport. McCain’s example. Nuremberg Prosecutor Telford Taylor would have prosecuted pilots. By contrast bombardier Zinn in 1945. OpEdNews, May 16, 2011
Syria: CIA, M16, French, Mossad, Saudi Involvement Unreported In Imperialist Media What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the US, Turkey and Israel. Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The US State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency. A monolithic unified slant media cartelrestricts reports to indiscriminate killing of civilian protesters by Syrian government. Countercurrents.org, 27 June, 2011 www.countercurrents.org/janson270611.htm
Re Syria and Libya:
A Nuremberg Trial for US Funding Slaughter of Syrians Destruction of Libya Iraq Afghanista “Assad killed his own people peacefully protesting!” Sound familiar? Substitute ‘Gaddafi’ for ‘Assad,’ and one is on one’s way to bring to mind so many other similarities made to be forgotten in TV, radio and printed news and entertainment in Western media, media owned by corporations profitably investing in the illegal and unconstitutional use of US Armed Forces and CIA. CIA creation and use of ‘Islamic’ terror is reviewed. OpEdNews, December 12, 2015 Nuremberg Trial For US Funding Slaughter Of Syrians, Destruction ... Former French Foreign Minister: The War against Syria was Planned Two years before “The Arab Spring” Global Research, 6/13/2015. Pentagon plans to take out Libya and Syria and four other Arab nations before going after Iran were revealed by General Wesley Clark already years ago. [see”We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”, www.countercurrents.org/janson111215.htm
Nuremberg Principles of International Law
“The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:(a) Crimes against peace:(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances; (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).Principle I, “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.”Principle II, “The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.”Principle III
“The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.”Principle IV Main article: Superior Orders
“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him”.
This principle could be paraphrased as follows: “It is not an acceptable excuse to say ‘I was just following my superior’s orders'”.
Previous to the time of the Nuremberg Trials, this excuse was known in common parlance as “Superior Orders“. After the prominent, high-profile event of the Nuremberg Trials, that excuse is now referred to by many as the “Nuremberg Defense“. In recent times, a third term, “lawful orders” has become common parlance for some people. All three terms are in use today, and they all have slightly different nuances of meaning, depending on the context in which they are used.
Nuremberg Principle IV is legally supported by the jurisprudence found in certain articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which deal indirectly with conscientious objection. It is also supported by the principles found in paragraph 171 of the Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status which was issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Those principles deal with the conditions under which conscientious objectors can apply for refugee status in another country if they face persecution in their own country for refusing to participate in an illegal war.=================
Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
[Nuremberg Principles reprinted from Wikipedia]
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents in 67 countries; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, Sweden, Germany Vietnam and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign: (King Condemned US Wars) http://kingcondemneduswars.blogspot.com/ and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign http://prosecuteuscrimesagainsthumanitynow.blogspot.com/ featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining.
Jay spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, with Dan Tai-Son, Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize winner, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, US ally Ho, from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent. Everyone in the orchestra lost family, “killed by the Americans” they would mention simply, with kind Buddhist equanimity. Jay can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read other articles by Jay