May 26, 2012
Gbagbo lawyer challenges competence of court … A lawyer for Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, suspected of crimes against humanity, has challenged the competence of the International Criminal Court, court documents showed … A hearing to consider the charges against Gbagbo, which is due to start on June 18, should enable the ICC judges to consider if the evidence produced by the prosecution is sufficiently strong to merit a trial. – AFP (5/25/12)
The incoming chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has dismissed criticism that the court is biased against African states. Fatou Bensouda, a former Gambian justice minister who is the first African to be appointed chief prosecutor, takes over on June 18 for a case involving former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, charged with crimes against humanity. All 15 cases opened in the 10-year history of the Netherlands-based court have been against African leaders or paramilitaries, but countries like Sudan, whose president, Omar al-Bashir, has been indicted, have accused the institution of bias. – AhramOnline (5/24/12)
Canadian writer Stephen Gowans recently quoted the US State Department hailing the conviction of Taylor as “sending a strong message to all perpetrators of atrocities, including those in the highest positions of power, that they will be held accountable.” Of course, this does not include atrocities perpetrated by Western armies on the lesser peoples of this world, like the reckless indiscriminate killing of tens and tens of thousands of innocent Libyan civilians in 2011, or the continuing drone bombing of Afghan and Pakistan people by Obama’s murderous forces. These are democratisation ventures and not war crimes. – AllAfrica.com (5/24/12)
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was convicted for his involvement in atrocities stemming from Sierra Leone’s civil war. Now it is the turn of former president of the Ivory Coast – Laurent Gbagbo – to be convicted of various crimes against humanity.
Neither of these convictions (assuming Gbagbo’s predictable guilt) are legitimate but that doesn’t matter to the global elites intent on building a system of world justice and cronyism. You can’t have world government without world “justice.”
The building blocks of world government are basically in place now. Global justice is perhaps the last to be levered into place. The UN is legislative body; NATO is the military arm; the IMF is the central bank in waiting; the SDR is likely the putative world currency.
At this level, guilt or innocence makes little difference. What matters is the precedent. Taylor has already denied his guilt; Gbagbo is challenging the right of his court, the ICC, to declare his.
Taylor went into exile after promises were made that he would be left alone. Not much later the Bush administration demanded he be put on trial. His trial has been called the “betrayal of the century” by colleagues and his conviction was a pre-determined certainty. The elites made sure his guilt was cemented via the worldwide cinematic hit movie Blood Diamond.
That’s how the global elite works after all. If they really want to blow you up – for good or ill, they make a big Hollywood movie about you, either tangentially or directly. It’s the ultimate in international propaganda.
Charles Taylor got the full treatment. And now he is “guilty” – though for some reason those in the West who have orchestrated the depleted uranium poisoning of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan (and the recent bloody bombing in Libya) are neither headed toward trial nor conviction.
Western colonial powers, for one reason or another, are skilled at using Africans to set precedents that can then be extended to the rest of the world. It is no coincidence that one of the world’s only active carbon exchanges is located in Kenya. Or that the US is using Kenya and Ethiopia as proxies to try to drive the Islamic Al Shabaab out of Somalia.
The trial of Laurent Gbagbo will only extend this theme. Supposedly, Gbagbo refused to step down, though he lost the presidential election to his archrival Alassane Ouattara.
In fact, Gbagbo raised legitimate legal questions about the elections and Ouattara’s evident vote fixing. He brought his query before the Ivorian Supreme Court which basically declared Gbagbo the winner.
It was at this point that the UN stepped in and certified former IMF official Ouattara as the victor. It then confirmed this designation by ousting Gbagbo by force.
The French have recently admitted that they worked with the UN to break the back of Gbagbo’s armed resistance because Ouattara’s forces were not capable of it. Gbagbo was captured, apparently tortured and then taken to the Hague where he now awaits trial.
What took place in the Ivory Coast could be characterized as a coup. Nicolas Sarkozy and the French elites never much enjoyed Gbagbo’s anti-colonialist rhetoric. The election provided the time and place for “payback.”
Such payback has international ramifications. The French have twice employed the 2005 UN resolution – R2P – to bring military force to bear on an African country. Libya is one example and the Ivory Coast is another.
R2P took the place of the 400-year-old Peace of Westphalia that forbade one sovereign nation from attacking another. The Treaty never worked very well, but its absence has obviously encouraged more violence.
There was no reason to abrogate it or to demand that nations have an affirmative obligation to interfere with others when citizens are “endangered” by the regime. This is an entirely subjective judgment.
There are noises about using global criminal courts to prosecute drug dealers. This is a logical next step. But it won’t stop there.
All these facilities are surely aimed at the world’s middle classes that the elites consider their main rivals and are determined to control. It seems no doubt impossible to imagine that the average person could be hauled in front of the ICC. But such entities evolve.
Someday perhaps, the ICC or a similar facility shall have departments throughout the world, perhaps in various towns and ‘burbs as well. After all, when the US income tax was established, it was only supposed to affect very wealthy people.
The frog is boiled slowly. The sheep are stampeded in an orderly manner for their “own good.”
And off the cliff they go.
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This article was posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm
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