Blind Democracy and Liberal Terrorism
الديمقراطية العمياء والإرهاب الفكري
د. حسن يحيى
By Hasan Yahya, Ph.Ds
Democracy is a legal system where no one above the law. InAmerica, andIsraelhowever, the case is different. There is no doubt that Presidents are above the law. It is trivial by wanting to investigate their misdeeds and perceptions to protect their countries. Even international court may be discouraged to take such steps to impeach them or investigate them.. InAmerica, President Nixon may be left presidency without accusation or law suit after Watergate scandal of ears dropping as a violation of human rights. President Clinton’s sexual scandal in the White House was sweet candy, and presidency continues as usual. Bush on the same standards is not only protected but legally no one can sue him or sue other military officers commit a crime in the “war on terror” period. Even if some concerned American citizens want to investigate his war crimes inAfghanistanandIraqand even inPalestine. Because to embrace torture, means that the terrorists have already won.” This type of perception does not help if the American personnel are protected in their actions. Exactly like Israeli solders protection afterGazaattacks and war crimes committed by Israeli solders from any persecution. In fact, Water Boarding has been considered torture throughout the history of US , and the crime has been prosecuted in the past. The right wing is the first and loudest to proclaim it a war crime when perpetrated against Americans as a tool when perpetrated by Americans. Investigation in these matters will open the idea of “intention” of committing war crimes, which is always denied even through airstrikes which contribute in civilian casualties crimes and necessary sources such as water and electricity, but this have nothing to do with the letter of the law. Such defense, the judge does not consider the “intent” as pertinent to guilt or innocence. An investigation of the misdeeds of the Bush administration without it, is devolving into a so-called witch hunt. The widespread evidence is that laws circumvented and broken were ignored when it comes to the president,. As a nation,Americadoes not only demand an investigation but agreeing that those in power should be held to a different standard of the law without dishonoring presidency. It is not only the task of liberals would like to pursue law and investigation but conservatives too. The term “liberals” suggesting that they are the problem of American politics to do so, which is not true. Because liberals are becoming liberal terrorist in their decisions to attack non American which violates basic human rights and laws.
Breaking the law in prosecution of the “war on terrorism” as a label attached to President Bush, and likely to vise –President Mr. Cheney, will be difficult due to their deniability of intention, as they were carefully protected by the laws made by the Congress voting previously passed such laws.. The issue should be prosecuting those who did violate laws authorizing the NSA & CIA, FBI to circumvent the courts. Those involved in torture and unlawful or extraordinary rendition and illegal foreign imprisonment for doubts as the case ofGuantanamoBayprisoners. Those in government assisting war profiteers inIraqandAfghanistansuch as the President and his VIP high places are unworthy of White House office, but their minions need to be in prison. But there is simply no excuse for anyone to claim that they are above the law, especially after they have broken or subverted the law to protect themselves, after costing thousands of people their lives! Editorial apologists and GOP supporters in the media were and are a continuing reason why and how the Bush/Cheney administration were able to get away with such crimes! If the media wasn’t owned by politically/financially motivated corporations, and was independent, and perform their job rationally and honestly, it would be certain that Bush, Cheney and those who abetted their crimes would all be sued and sentenced to jail. But this doesn’t happen in Democratic America or democratic Israel on the same basis when Sharon orchestrated Sabra and Satilla massacres or Ulmert and Ehud Barak after shelling Lebanon in 2006 and later committed crimes of killing civilians recently in Gaza Strip attack, immediately, before Bush Administration terminated.
After all, Democracy is becoming worse than totalitarian systems, such as the Arab tribal governments and most OIC members of the Islamic countries where in politics both share protecting those in power unless a military coup takes out the leadership of these countries as it happened in many Asian and African countries or change their systems to a creative system may be mixed or ethnically colored as a rainbow with or without religion in a decent Democracy where all are equal before the law, and no one may be above the law. I believe to compare Muslim countries as democratic or totalitarian systems is far from true first and not fair second, because in systems of government and leadership stay in office for more than thirty, forty, or fifty years or so [like Jordan, Syria, Libya, and Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, for example] it needs too much research to decide what systems they had and still have. Unfortunately, their systems are close to the American system where presidents and those in high places escape investigation and impeachment. So the case is not compatible withIsraelorUSA. Unfortunately, again, democracy in the USA became relatively blind, or had various colors to suit power positions and protect crime offenders on both small and large scales, regionally and globally.(933 words)
*** This article was published in 2010.