and so the idols tumble - or crumble, into dust

Distasteful, corrupt and venal dust:

  «The war the young lieutenant is now fighting might have been the subject of John F Kennedy's address to West Point cadets in 1962, counsel that foreshadowed a deepening engagement in Vietnam. Kennedy spoke of the necessity to prepare for a conflict "new in its intensity, ancient in its origin - war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins, war by ambush instead of by combat, by infiltration instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy".»
[Philip Smucker/'Killing season' opens in the Afghan hills]

Note the (propagandistic!) words - back then, from a so-called 'All-American Hero.' All totally lying bulls**t.

They say one thing (sounds good!) - but do another (murdering for spoil.) That's *criminal* hypocrisy; read all about it here [re-citing; 5.4k *worth it* words]: killinghope/Blum/Parenti/Against Empire.

I have my own formalization of a practical and fair morality: do unto others etc., do no harm (slightly redundant but reinforcing) and mind your own business - plus a new bit: if transgressed against, return the 'favour.' (Note that religion is neither mentioned nor required.)

In the same vein, only just laws are valid, and force may only ever be deployed *in defence* of such valid, just law.

In a perfect world, we'd not need police - sadly, in a less than perfect world we do. If we had a less horrible world, those with criminal tendencies might be properly deterred by the likes of the good old English Bobby-type policing; I think you get my drift.

There's a new word, 'scalability;' as far as policing goes we just don't have it. Example, the scoff-laws the US and Israel; they 'get away' with their despicable murder-to-thieve crimes *only because* international law and the required policing are as good as absent. So we have an international community without effective cops, and filthy criminals rampant.


There are many, many, more law-abiding types than crooks; *ALL* we have to do is unite and demand justice.

Yep, that'd do it.

1 comment:

  1. Some justice might be had, IDH.

    Six Bush-era officials responsible for crafting the legal justifications permitting the military prison at Guantanamo Bay are the subject of a Spanish criminal probe which could place the men under serious risk of arrest if they travel outside the United States.

    "[Spanish newspaper] Público identifies the targets as University of California law professor John Yoo, former Department of Defense general counsel William J. Haynes II (now a lawyer working for Chevron), former vice presidential chief-of-staff David Addington, former attorney general and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, now a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and former Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith," noted Scott Horton at Harper's.

    He called them Bush's "torture lawyers."

    And what of the possibility that the case might proceed?

    "The case was sent to the prosecutor’s office for review by Baltasar Garzón, the crusading investigative judge who indicted the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet," reported the New York Times. "The official said that it was 'highly probable' that the case would go forward and could lead to arrest warrants."