Rule of Barbarism

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The rule of “might is right” is far from being legalized, however, not far from being politicized

 

“They wanted to create a system that if you were on the enemy side you were considered a criminal.”

As he referred to former US President, George W Bush, and former US Prime Minister, John Howard, Military Lawyer Micheal Mori made it clear that when it comes to wars, charges are not subjected to the justice system, but rather to the political system.

The rule of “might is right” is far from being legalized, however, not far from being politicized. Ironic, or maybe not, world leaders who hold the torch of democracy are the ones practicing this “politicization of justice.” These leaders are very confident in appealing to people’s emotions, passions, and prejudices rather than to people’s minds, a technique dubbed demagoguery, in which political leaders rely on the ignorance of lower classes in order to gain power and promote political motives.

 

According to Gallup, Americans showed widespread support for military actions in Iraq in 2003 (76%), Afghanistan in 2001 (90%), and the first Gulf War in the early 1990’s (79 percent). The support for the Afghanistan military action was the highest for it followed the 9/11 attacks. Unsurprisingly, the 90% respondents supported Afghanistan military action even if it entails U.S. ground troops and results in Afghan civilians getting killed, and for attacking other countries that the U.S. government believes are harboring terrorists.

 

The author of “In the Company of Cowards,” Major Micheal Mori, mentioned some very well-known facts about the rule of justice in Guantanamo Bay, where he used to fight for the freedom of detainee David Hicks*, however, the interesting thing about these facts is being outspoken publicly by a person who had direct interaction with the political system followed in detaining the “enemy side’s criminals.”

Anyway, hadn’t been convicted of any crime neither breaking any law, Hicks was still deemed too dangerous to be released. Hicks, who was on the side of Taliban, spent years of incarceration in Guantanamo Bay without trial. Quite simple; a political system is not a justice system. Yet, people seem to be supporting the political system, with a tendency to blink an eye on the other side of the war’s victims, as they, the victims, are believed to be criminals.

 

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Afghanistan’s war is still taking heavy civilian toll; the number of civilians killed or injured in first six months of 2014 rose by quarter, with more than 1,000 of those children, a recent United Nations report said. An estimated number of 20,000 civilians lost their lives in the US “war on terrorism” in the country.

The initial mission was to dismantle the main al Qaeda safe harbor and find and capture Osama bin Laden. Now, Al Qaeda has become disinterested in Afghanistan, as “Al Qaeda has found a new battlefield, as places like Libya and Syria are more conducive than Pakistan and Afghanistan,” according to Simbal Khan, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, and a researcher at Islamabad Policy Research Institute. Mission #2 has been already accomplished in 2011. Yet, the US is still at war in Afghanistan, and the number of civilian casualties is soaring.

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As polls are still showing widespread pre-war support, despite the bad history of the US in confronting terrorism in the Middle East, it seems that the so-called political system is making a successful adversarial approach; “the design of the system is democratic enough, but the application of it is tribal*.”

 

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* David Hicks landed in the hands of the United States military after being captured in Afghanistan following the September 11 terrorist attacks. He was kept imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay and allegedly tortured until February 2007 when he was released back to Australia after agreeing to plead guilty to “providing material support for terrorism.”

* The phrase used by David Donovan, creator and managing director of Independent Australia, in an article about barbaric judicial and political system.

 

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