Today we hear the USA is pulling out of the parts of the Vienna Convention of Human Rights in order to protect its arse from being sued to The Hague and back.
The US is withdrawing from the “optional protocol” in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, John Bolton
has confirmed. He said it follows a case brought by Palestine, challenging the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem.
“I am announcing that the president has decided that the United States will withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Bolton said.
“This is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine, naming the United States as the defendant, challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
The decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a direct sop to the State of Israel showing that entity whose lap dog it controls. It will see the US opting out of having to attend the International Court of Justice in the case of disputes, as outlined in Article I of the “Optional Protocol Concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes.“
Article I of that protocol states“Disputes arising out of the interpretation or application of the Convention shall lie within the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and may accordingly be brought before the Court by an application made by any party to the dispute being a Party to the present Protocol.”
The US is not alone denying acknowledgment of Palestine as a state. European allies also refrain from doing so, along with Australia and Canada. Most countries in South America, Asia, and Africa do acknowledge Palestine, along with the majority of Eastern Europe.
In July Iran filed a complaint against Washington with the court. That complaint accused Washington of breaching the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Yesterday the court ordered the US to lift sanctions on Iran which are linked to humanitarian goods and civil aviation. The US response was to pull out of the Treaty of Amity and from the protocol involving the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Set alongside the United States utter abrogation of any commitment or responsibility to abide by international law what presents itself is a rogue nation gone rogue.
The impunity with which the USA feels it is too big to have international justice apply to it merely gives the rest of the world the measure of criminality and intent played out by this pariah.
The media, whose reputation for being even handed and an honest broker as Fourth Estate holding power to account, is as complicit as a dagger used to kill the victim. Any shred of even handed restraint was slaughtered, its power usurped when the pro Israel, elite serving corporate owners took full and final control of information outlets.
Recently the BBC was too be found at the bottom of a list of NATO nations broadcasters whose interest was to serve the public. In the States CNN, ABC and FOX to name three specifically also prevent any facility for opposing views against the status quo. That has been solidly in place since way before the Iraq invasion of 2003.
Governments are in full lying through their teeth mode. Under threat like never before, they increase the propagandised pressure.
An example of one such turncoat disgrace can be found in The Guardian. Having accepted Wikileaks and Julian Assange’s extraordinary uncovering of the duplicitous state, won awards including a Pulitzer Prize, they turned on him.
The personal attacks that followed were as savage and vindictive as any in the history of the press. The full force of the displeasure of the Guardian against Assange defies belief. It shocks even the independent journalists such as John Pilger who have recorded and reported a host of duplicitous stories and spun narratives.
It is no secret the media has become an absolute appendage of established power.
A war of perception conducted continuously and strengthened, using the news media is what is being called for by the powers that be.
Disgraced General David Petraeus is quoted as saying –
“The importance of concealment and deception is a vital part of any general’s thinking…. even in the battles in which we were engaged in the post-9/11 campaigns, hiding intentions until the last possible minute often enabled at least tactical surprise, and that awareness very much informed the way our operations were conducted during the Surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Quoting Sun Tzu’s Art of War:
“The most refined form to give your troops is being without form or invisible. If they are invisible, a well-concealed spy cannot spy on them, and a wise man cannot make plans against them.”
Yet the amount of cock ups, overstays and collateral damage inflicted in all the specious adventures prosecuting this War on Terror cannot be hidden in the corporate jargon-filled conferences, press meetings the perpetrators culled in in pursuit of bending the minds of public perception
In January of 2018 General Sir Nick Carter made a revealing, horrifying and insightful speech about the need for the British military to change and prepare for the enemy’s actions. He said –
“… I was caught up in two wars: one fought on the ground with tanks and artillery, and an information war fought largely, though not exclusively, through social media. And counter intuitively, it mattered more who won the war of words and narratives than who had the most potent weaponry.”
Admitting that a war of propaganda is the most essential and effective weapon any force can use, opens up the reality behind much of the lies and programming being injected into the public consciousness through the likes of the BBC, CNN etc.
Identifying the true enemy for these people it is the people at home. In America the American people, in the UK the British people.
Targeting Russia, RT , Sputnik, Al Jazeera and other counter viewpoints is the West’s beating heart of their propaganda campaigns. The threat to the status quo is obvious to the power controllers as it is to all those wise enough to observe the games played.
The alternative voices are weathering the battering they are getting. RT continues to be a voice with lucid alternative untold stories. Alternative voices such as Pilger, Bealey, Craig Paul Roberts and others are highly rated and in demand by a people, starved of mainstream truth.
Recently on the BBC Andrew Marr show, the host confronted John McDonnell, one of the main opposition figures and opposition Chancellor of the Exchequer. He invited him to admit that appearing on non accepted organs of information such as RT was siding with the enemy. To his discredit McDonnell did not dispute that nor any news outlets or press.
Such manipulation and sowing seeds in the public mind that there are invisible puppet masters in the Kremlin directing campaigns of propaganda against the good souls of democracy and freedom smacks of rank bulldozing through the notion of free speech, let alone covering up the very propaganda used and abused through the state outlet BBC and mainstream organs.
Media has a contract out on any alternative offerings and especially on Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn represents a challenge supported by the people. The voice of sanity and reality. The people as in the US are the enemy identified by those wishing to hold onto control, thus any form of opposition to that view and appropriated reality is treason itself.
In America resistance similar to Corbyn’s effect in the UK is negligible. The force of the AIPAC lobby, the near 100% bought Congress and two faces of the same charade, namely Republican and Democrat sees to it that the ruling hegemony is the aired view.
When the people, no matter where in the world, wake up, wise up and recognise the treachery served on them then such organisations as the ICC and conventions put in place in easier times for international law and consensus become essential to be empowered fully and enacted.
The US knows its blatant criminal record. It always has done. Previously able to strut its swollen breast, beating it and screaming it is the one superpower, the only centre of control, it now has been found out by many more. Exposed, it lashes out, economically, militarily and criminally.
The downside for the USA and its allies is that the equation of people power, Russian, Chinese and other independent states standing up to the world’s bully could simply place it on its own self induced smouldering toxic pile far, far greater than the footprint of crime its criminal protagonists created at Ground Zero in New York in 2001, kicking their final solution off the mark.
Karma is the Motherload of all equalisation. The collective voice raises to thunderous response. “Bring it On!”