12 ANGRY MEN is one of the great classics of American cinema. It shows the jury of a murder case arguing heatedly for two hours (of movie time) on a few fine points that would determine the innocence or guilt of the accused. The key clauses are “Innocent unless proven guilty”, “beyond a reasonable doubt” and “due process”, for which I admire the US Constitution, the Bill of rights and the spirit of justice.
My first question is whether this applies only on American citizens, or to the US as a whole when dealing with other nations. Apparently not.
In the case of Iraq, the accusation was possession of WMDs. The verdict, however, was: “Invade first, confirm later”, and as it happened, no WMDs were later found. It has now been widely established that Bush and Rice had known about the absence of evidence, though perhaps not Blair, BEFORE the invasion. This I allocate to ulterior motives, and most of us now know what they were/are. I have to admit, I was fooled at the time, but, as The Who blasted out, “We won’t be fooled again.”
Now, the case of Syria. So far, in spite of international and citizen demands, the current administration has failed to produce one shred of evidence to prove its case that it was the Assad government that used the chemical weapon. See the article [US: Proven link of Assad to gas attack lacking] –
in which a top White House aide is quoted as saying, “… the administration lacks ‘irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence’ that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking…”
In the article [US: ‘Common-sense test’ holds Assad responsible] –
for every “test result” that says yes, there is one or more that says no – e.g. that one faction of the rebels using it against another, or that the Assad regime was framed as a pretext for war.
There is another point that is of immense importance but generally overlooked. The following article
presents a timeline as follows:
“1991: Paul Wolfowitz, then Undersecretary of Defense, tells US Army General Wesley Clark that the US has 5-10 years to ‘clean up those old Soviet client regimes, Syria, Iran, Iraq, before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.’
“2001: A classified plot is revealed to US Army General Wesley Clark that the US plans to attack and destroy the governments of 7 nations: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.
(Fora.TV: Wesley Clark at the Commonwealth Club of California, October 3, 2007.
“2002: US Under Secretary of State John Bolton declares Syria a member of the ‘Axis of Evil’ and warned that ‘the US would take action’.
This smells of premeditation since the Bush era and even earlier. In fact, it stinks to high heaven.
As for the upcoming UN report, as I understand it, it is only to determine whether chemical weapons had been used, but not by whom. This appears to be a foregone conclusion.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)