War Crimes..criminalising it..

   Finally the 3 day conference at Putra World Trade Centre has come to an end with setting up of a KL War Crimes Tribunal..Wondering whether it can really take off because questions are lingering whether it’ll be a legal, legitimate and/or recognize and respectable tribunal. Since Im not doin conflict of laws, I wouldn’t know which laws/conventions are applicable to the reference of the tribunal, but surprisingly, the legal counsel doesn’t seem to know the answer either.

     Victims of war crimes are in dire need, no doubt. But i doubt if the tribunal can really do something for them because obviously the ‘named’ defendants are not even bothered. If we could obtain a judgement, what could the judgement do? It’s not binding, not even persuasive authority yet.

    Ok, I havent state what war crime is. It’s a crime done in the war, breaching of the Geneva Convention. eg: torturing prisoners of war, taking child soldiers, causing harm to women, old folks, sick and children etc…So, the question of whether US is wrong in starting war in the middle east or not, is irrelevant! The thing is, the war that they brought is causing grave injury to the weaker members of the country. If not, P.Lyndie England wouldnt have been charged in the martial court for torturing prisoners of war (brainless soldiers for taking such pictures to be used as an evidence againts them).

    A lot would argue that these things are bound to happen in war, so what’s the big deal? the BIG deal is..you are NOT the one who is suffering! Of course it’s easy for people to rebut all the attacks on “Bush and the pocket Bush in the bushlands of Australia”, thanks to all media who has been faithful to the US govt and the US propaganda that they are saving the world from misery. Certainly some of them are, but not the capitalist. After reading about Karl Marx, I am convinced that capitalist will not save anyone accept money….and democracy favours capitalism.

     Relating to Marx, try wonder why the US is forcing Middle East countries to be a democratic country. What’s wrong with a monarch, dictatorship etc etc..I dint see Bush fighting against Queen Elizabeth 2 or Japanese Emperor or thee Swazilang king..Question: Where is Osama hidding? Really, don’t tell me they can take around a month to find Saddam hidding undergound but not Osama. It’s already the 6th year since 11/9..6th year!! Isnt that a bit slow for such a boasting high tech country..

     Of course of course, we should help regardless of races, origins, faiths or religions..as conscience demands. But the sad thing is, the Mr.Chairman himself doesnt seem to have good regards to people of other religions besides those of his own. The spirit of true Malaysian has not instilled in his mind yet. Or perhaps he’s just to washed up in battling an idle Bush who doesnt even care. But we Malaysians understand better, and I should say no more on this issue.

     And depleted uraniums used in war time. Gosh…now we know how all the increased cancer and diabetic rates happen!  These two diseases have the most unexplainable causes. And the DU dusts are blowing everywhere, where the wind is, not just the warring countries.

     My stand is, war is simply a waste of time and resources. The so called ‘war on terror’ is really a war in disguise to invade the sovereignty of other nations. Not only that, to rob off their freedom, wealth and resources. With or without the press, we do not really know what happen during 9/11 or between Iraq and US or other fighting nation, Palestine and Israel, so forth.  All we know is to sit comfortably in front of the computer screens criticising and commenting on the press reports and reports of other people.

     No matter how much you dislike Mr. Chairman, my personal opinion that his efforts to criminalise wars and fighting war crimes should gain recognition. Why? Art 2 Convention of the ECHR-Everyone has a right to life….(though it’s not applicable legally to everyone, but it does question on our conscience if we say that war is necessary). If the effect of war is so devastating, surely war is not a good thing. If a nation is willing to enter into a war to help another country, why would the ‘helping’ nation adds to the agony of the weaker nation by torturing their people further?


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