America's Viet Cong-like Standards of Morality
Turning Our Backs on the Rule of Law (22 Aug 98)
President Clinton was being VERY hypocritical Thursday evening when he alluded to the "rule of law" to morally justify his cruise-missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan. Just last month, his representatives at the International Criminal Court negotiations in Rome voted AGAINST the rule of law! Although most of our nation's major news editors appear to have chimed their approval of those attacks, the fact is that those attacks represented a total disregard of the rule of law.
The Clinton Administration appears to be assuming that if they can "get" (or assassinate) Mr. O. bin Laden, terrorist attacks like the bombing of our two embassies in Africa will end. But history has shown in the Middle Eastern Israeli-Arab confrontation and in the Irish Catholic-Protestant confrontation that such "tit-for-tat" terrorism games tend to go on indefinitely until the contending parties really DO put their faith in the rule of law (which includes creating or changing such laws, if necessary, to make them more just). As those terrorists who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie demonstrated, ALL "soft" American targets are potentially at risk now for such retaliatory attacks, and it doesn't require large amounts of money to create weapons for such attacks.
The following is a copy of a letter that I emailed to the Editors of the Air Force Times two days before this latest venture into the "tit-for-tat terrorism" game. In the next few years, if you begin to wonder why anti-American terrorism has become so much more commonplace, keep these points in mind.
Emailed to the Editors of the Air Force Times on 19 Aug 98
Ref: Your 24 Aug 98 articles regarding the International Criminal Court
Our Pentagon's efforts in Rome to guarantee the "right" of American forces to commit war crimes with
i mpunity appear morally depraved to me. You state that "the American military has a long history of investigating alleged wrongdoing by U.S. service members and of prosecuting the accused when charges are substantiated, a senior defense official stated." But I recall that the US Army attempted to cover up the Mai Lai massacre for over a year until pictures of that massacre appeared in LIFE Magazine. Even then, most of those responsible for that massacre went unpunished and the one officer that was convicted received a Presidential pardon not long thereafter. I suspect that there are many retired servicemen who could and would testify regarding incidents that could be classified as "war crimes" if a congressional committee were convened to investigate this issue.
So our Pentagon wants to be able to conduct more raids like President Reagan's air attack designed to assassinate Kadafi (it killed his infant daughter, among others, instead). That air attack led to the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. No thanks, Mr. Reagan.
The evidence is mounting that the recent bombings of two of our embassies in Africa were in response to US actions which at least one Arab group perceived as being "terrorism." If we had an International Criminal Court, they would have a forum to seek redress for such grievances. But since such a court doesn't exist yet, they bomb our embassies instead. Once such a court is established, the US will likewise have a means for credibly prosecuting foreign terrorists and perpetrators of war crimes rather than resorting to air raids or invasions.
If our Pentagon can't trust its officers to prevent their troops from committing war crimes, then they should replace those officers with ones who can. Frankly, I'm glad I'm no longer working for an organization whose leaders are seeking to maintain standards of morality comparable to those of the Viet Cong!
Christopher C. Currie, Major, USAF (Ret)
USAFA Class of '65
Actually, our leaders in the Pentagon aren't the only ones who have been fostering international lawlessness. As I show on this web site (www.onesalt.com), the anti-"new world order" efforts of America's "Christian Right" organizations and their "mouth pieces" in Congress have significantly contributed to such problems as well (based on their Satanically inspired misinterpretations of St. John's Book of Revelations; interpretations which in many cases totally ignore God's commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself").
So when you read about anti-American terrorist attacks in the future, keep in mind that WE (as a nation) are partly responsible for such attacks, because WE have turned our backs on God's two most fundamental commandments and on the RULE OF LAW!
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