The horror of WWI was supposed to motivate the great powers into creating the League of Nations which were to demilitarize the great powers and protect smaller nations from invasions. This failed utterly and finally ended with the fascist Italian invasion of Ethiopia.
"I, Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, am here today to claim that justice which is due to my people, and the assistance promised to it eight months ago, when fifty nations asserted that aggression had been committed in violation of international treaties.
There is no precedent for a Head of State himself speaking in this assembly. But there is also no precedent for a people being victim of such injustice and being at present threatened by abandonment to its aggressor. Also, there has never before been an example of any Government proceeding to the systematic extermination of a nation by barbarous means, in violation of the most solemn promises made by the nations of the earth that there should not be used against innocent human beings the terrible poison of harmful gases. It is to defend a people struggling for its age-old independence that the head of the Ethiopian Empire has come to Geneva to fulfil this supreme duty, after having himself fought at the head of his armies.
I pray to Almighty God that He may spare nations the terrible sufferings that have just been inflicted on my people, and of which the chiefs who accompany me here have been the horrified witnesses.
It is my duty to inform the Governments assembled in Geneva, responsible as they are for the lives of millions of men, women and children, of the deadly peril which threatens them, by describing to them the fate which has been suffered by Ethiopia. It is not only upon warriors that the Italian Government has made war. It has above all attacked populations far removed from hostilities, in order to terrorize and exterminate them.
Japan's invasions of Korea and then China set the stage for this invasion and of course, the German interference with Spain's politics sealed the grave. And then WWII happened. The UN was designed to prevent this from happening twice but it worked only because of the US/USSR rivalries prevented the UN from being used as a club to disarm nations slated for colonial invasions. The Third World movement hosted by India triangulated off of the US/USSR rivalries to gain some measure of control and protection which didn't stop the great powers from attacking countries like Vietnam or Hungary.
Since these illegal invasions were always a tit for tat demonstration of dubious power by the nuclear bullies of the eartth, the UN slogged on. But now, with the USA acting as if we are an unilateral power like Britain in 1914, we are in dire danger of the UN expiring and being replaced by global warfare. WWI didn't start instantly. It did happen fairly quickly, though. But from 1900 to 1914, what with the Boer war showing clearly how weak and over stretched the British Empire was and the unrest in Russia signalling impending revolution and the bankruptcy of the Ottoman and the Austro/Hungarian empires, the stage was set for someone to lunge for someone's throat and even back then, all agreed that Germany would the the one to lunge since they were the ones most hemmed in by British power and they had finally surpassed Britain in both the financial and industrial spheres.
Friday 14 July 2006, 20:14 Makka Time, 17:14 GMT
An appeal by Lebanon to the UN Security Council for a ceasefire order against increasingly fierce Israeli raids on its territory has fallen on deaf ears.
Nouhad Mahmoud, a Lebanese foreign ministry official, made his plea at an emergency session of the 15-nation council.
But members said they planned no immediate action apart from a statement welcoming a decision by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, to send a team to the region to encourage restraint.
The United States vetoed a resolution on Thursday drafted by Arab nations calling on Israel to end a separate two-week military incursion in Gaza.
John Bolton, the US ambassador, called the measure "not only untimely, but already outmoded" and biased against Israel.
Nothing is ever good enough for Israel and the USA. The USA prevents anyone from stopping Israel and we supply an endless supply of funds for Israel to act aggressively. Since there is nothing stopping them, the Zionists do their worst. And so the UN has now died. It died when it allowed the USA to unilaterally invade Iraq after the UN inspectors found no WMD there. And it died when the USA announced we would build more and better WMD ourselves and reserve the right for 'first strike' on the merest suspicion that someone might challenge us sometime in the future! This negated the entire charter of the UN.
American forces in Iraq have been accused of kidnapping the families of detainees as an interrogation tactic, RAW STORY has learned.
A story in today's edition of Salon suggests that the kidnapping method may have been used systematically in the course of intelligence gathering through interrogations in the Iraq war.
Salon added that Members of Congress including Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican of Connecticut, have issued a subpoena to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to hand over documents on the matter. They are due at 5 PM today.
Arrest them. Arrest them all. The head of our shameful prison in Iraq has been elevated to head NATO. He is a war criminal. He is worse than the worst Serbians who are standing trial at the fake trials in the Hague. How dare this man walk around free while the craven, Vichy Europeans play out the Nuremburg Trials as a kangaroo zoo.
Friday, July 14, 2006; Posted: 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 GMT)
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Armed with rocket-propelled grenades, Hamas militants blew open a gate Friday on the border between Gaza and Egypt, allowing hundreds of people to cross into Gaza.
Militants wounded an Egyptian officer in the raid on the Rafah crossing, The Associated Press reported.
People streamed through the open gate, and the atmosphere grew tense as Israeli attack helicopters hovered over the area.
The whimpers of the rich Saudis cause bin Laden to laugh out loud wherever he is lurking. You can bet, he is tracking events closely now and will step out of the shadows when it is time to give another prod. Al Qaeda can and will hit whenever and where ever they desire. They don't need to be rushed, a tiny push periodically does the magic trick.
By Robert Fisk
All night I heard the jets, whispering high above the Mediterranean. It lasted for hours, little fireflies that were watching Beirut, waiting for dawn perhaps, because it was then that they descended.
They came first to the little village of Dweir near Nabatiya in southern Lebanon where an Israeli plane dropped a bomb on to the home of a Shia Muslim cleric. He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated. All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven.
One sided war reports stink. They don't work, either, today. The internet has broken the iron grip of the propagandists. So why not mention all the casualties? It seems simple enough!
Of course, enough people still watch TV passively or read only one newspaper so the NYT and the American TV stations have little to fear, only about 45% of America seeks out information but of that percent, we grow increasingly annoyed with the childishness of present propaganda systems.
By Robert Marquand | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
SEOUL – As special US envoy Christopher Hill returns to the US from Asia Thursday with doubts that North Korea will join multiparty talks, an unusual and slightly troubling side show is developing between South Korea and Japan over how to deal with Kim Jong Il's missiles and nukes.
The two US allies and key participants in the talks have exchanged some of the sharpest rhetoric and barbs in memory, complicating US efforts to forge a consensus strategy to deal with North Korea.
In Seoul, critics and even sympathizers notice the government's tendency to excuse or deny negative news about Kim Jong Il and his isolated military regime. For example, in the 24 hours after Pyongyang tested missiles that can reach Japan and US bases, every East Asian state offered a clear thumbs down - except South Korea.
The North Koreans kicked our shins while we were egging our allies into Gulf War III. As we bent all our diplomatic energy into disarming Iran so Israel could invade all its neighbors with impunity, the North Koreans gave us a sharp lesson in realpolitik. The media flew to the rescue and tried to pretend the entire world wanted Iran disarmed and helpless and ditto North Korea. This fake story fell apart instantly, at least at my own blog, I knew the truth because I read foreign newspapers that are mouthpieces for the rulers in Asia! Duh!!!
So now the entire push to push North Korea into helplessness is hopeless and there is zero chance of the USA reviving this silly game. It is done. Japan has taken over America's Asian foreign policy but this no longer bothers the Chinese because....the Chinese dragon is now sitting on nearly a trillion American FOREX dollars.
BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- China's foreign exchange reserves hit 941.1 billion U.S. dollars by the end of June this year, up 32.37 percent from the same period of last year, People's Bank of China, or the central bank, said here Friday.
In the first six months, China's foreign exchange reserves increased 122.2 billion U.S. dollars, 21.2 billion more than the same period of last year, the bank said.
In June, the reserves increased 16.1 billion U.S. dollars, 3.9 billion less than the same period of last year.
China's foreign exchange reserves have surpassed Japan at the end of February this year, becoming the world's biggest.
That is the end. Kiss our asses running America goodbye. We lost. It is all over. We either surrender or we go on, struggling in this net we can't break out of. Pretending we can declare bankruptcy is just silly. We have to buy oil. As well as nearly everything an industrial nation needs like screws and nuts and bolts and ball bearings. Gads. I called this from day one. Tracking this fund, I knew for years, this is the plan: to get enough dollars to sink our economy whenever they want, this was the Chinese plan since 1986! DUH. No one and I do mean no one believed me when I said this years ago.
Few believe me today. But here it is. I was right. Alas. It stinks. Cassandra wanted to be wrong, too. After all, she lived in Troy.