AfPak: Escalating War of Aggression

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“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
– James Madison, "Political Observations" (1795-04-20); also in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison (1865), Vol. IV, p. 491. For more such advice on defending our Constitution, click here.

The US invasion of Afghanistan can be best legally understood as a “War of Aggression.” This label is appropriate because Afghanistan did not attack the US, the UN Security Council did not authorize use of force, and the US rejected the Afghan government’s offer of cooperation to capture Osama bin Laden if the US could provide any evidence of his involvement in a crime. I document this important story here with additional comments here, in as far as I know, uncontested fact because the key information comes from our own government’s admissions.

Because the Afpak War fails to meet the burden of proof before a nation may invade another, it is illegal. Another way of saying this is that it is tyrannical: outside the law and destructive. The mainstream media will not provide the history and legal context to understand one of the few areas of law that responsible citizens MUST know. Please be sure that you are satisfied with your understanding of one of our most important laws.

Yesterday, Secretary of War Defense Robert Gates discussed increasing American troop levels in Afghanistan in a Washington Post article under the ironic banner, “AfPak War: Combating Extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The Wall Street Journal headlined, “Obama Urged to Rally Support for War.” PressTV was left to acknowledge that a NATO airstrike yesterday killed 100 Afghan civilians, raising the year’s total to at least 1,000.

The psychopathic propaganda of our political “leadership” is that war is an effective strategy to produce peace and national security. Psychopathy is a study of destructive behavior under a veneer of socially acceptable rhetoric and acting. An alternative strategy to produce peace and security is to produce it through cooperation, justice, dignity and freedom. This is studied in university Peace Studies programs. For your consideration, bellow is one of the best known professors of Peace Studies, Paul Rogers, to give a 3-minute analysis for your consideration.

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