Who's The War Criminal, Now?
In light of the fantastic news that the International Criminal Court is seeking an arrest warrant for Libyan dictator-cum-butcher Muammar al-Gadhaffi, it’s worth taking some time out to recognize the little people -- in this case, the people who are so little that they perversely declared the NATO intervention in Libya to enforce the no-fly zone a “crime against humanity”.
That would be none other than PressCORE.ca, and its editor, Paul W Kincaid.
On March 24, 2011, PressCORE published a petition calling for the leaders of the US, French, British, and Canadian governments to be indicted for “crimes against humanity and war crimes”.
The petition reads:
“We the undersigned demand the immediate cessation of all unlawful armed attacks against the territorial integrity and political independence of Libya and that indictments be filed immediately against the above named political leaders of France, the US, the UK, and Canada for:
1. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace
2. Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace
3. War crimes
4. Crimes against humanity”
The author of this article is actually unidentified. But considering that PressCORE editor Paul W Kincaid signed right at the top of this petition, we can assume he agreed.
Six days later, on March 30, 2011, another article appeared on PressCORE claiming that the enforcement of the no-fly zone was against international law. The article even claimed that the intervention was authorized by a US-controlled UN Security Council (oddly omitting the fact that the US has never been able to control the Security Council, thanks principally to China and Russia.)
The article featured this delightful little twisting of the available facts:
“The US claims that the UN voted 10-0 for an unprovoked armed attacks against Libya. The fact remains that the vote was actually a 10-5 vote as 5 members of the Security Council (including 2 permanent members) voted against it by abstention. Five of the World’s major powers and their majority populations abstained from voting. The abstention means that the majority of the World population and their countries of China, Russia, Germany, Brazil and India, objected to the bogus ‘humanitarian’ resolution.”
This is a rather bizarre twist of logic. If China Russia, Germany, Brazil and India opposed the intervention, they could have done something very simple: vote against it.
They didn’t do that. Yet Mr Kincaid – or whomever else the author of this bizarre screed could have been – seemed to go to some spectacular lengths to ignore that particularly-salient detail.
It’s not all that hard to figure out why. In all of the ramblings featured on PressCORE about the Libya intervention, there doesn’t seem to be a single one denouncing Gadhaffi for the butchery inflicted on peaceful, unarmed protesters prior to the outbreak of the civil war. That butchery included airstrikes from fighter jets on unarmed protesters.
And not a word from Paul W Kincaid. It’s enough to make one think that Kincaid and PressCORE are quite literally on the side of the bad guys; quite literally on the side of evil.
So in light of the ICC’s decision to indict Muammar al-Ghadaffi, it seems pertinent to ask Mr. Kincaid a question:
Who’s the war criminal, now?
Patrick Ross is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist