Archive for December 22nd, 2009

by Marjorie Cohn, CommonDreams.org, Dec 21, 2009

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize nine days after he announced he would send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. His escalation of that war is not what the Nobel committee envisioned when it sought to encourage him to make peace, not war.

In 1945, in the wake of two wars that claimed millions of lives, the nations of the world created the United Nations system to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” The UN Charter is based on the principles of international peace and security as well as the protection of human rights. But the United States, one of the founding members of the UN, has often flouted the commands of the charter, which is part of US law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.

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Interview with Richard Falk

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and author of “Crimes of War: Iraq” and “The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq” recorded October 17, 2009 in Seattle

Information Clearing House, posted Dec 21, 2009

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BBC | 22 December, 2009

A senior US diplomat who resigned over the war in Afghanistan has told the BBC that the troop surge there “will not make a difference”.

Matthew Hoh stepped down from his position in the US state department in October 2009.

The former marine, who served in Iraq, had previously been the senior US civilian official in Zabul province.

He told BBC Radio 4 that a political solution was needed to what he called a “35-year-old civil war”.

Matthew Hoh’s resignation was described by one leading American newspaper as having sent “ripples all the way to the White House”.

In a letter sent to explain his decision, he wrote that he had lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan. (more…)

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