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Tjebbe van Tijen via Chello on Wed, 4 May 2011 06:35:47 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] The emphasis should be on the suppression of tyranny by the rule of law.


On May 2nd. I posted an article on my blog The Limping Messenger

"NATO’s Collateral Tyrannicide: will it bring Justice and Peace?"

That article was a somewhat hasty product and has now been overhauled, extended and better documented and illustrated

These are two citations; opening and closing statements.


> In antiquity the slaying of a tyrant was seen as an honourable act, a self sacrifice for the public cause, but the institutional execution of murder by international associations of states seems to be of another order. One can not pretend to uphold a state of international justice on the one hand and order summary execution without trial of misbehaving heads of state at the other, because who will be the judge of such decisions? The same reasoning does apply to the execution of those who are labeled as terrorists. What Gaddafi, Bin Laden and Assad have in common is that they have been declared in public opinion as public enemies and as such in the political practice of today they stand almost no change to be brought to court alive and face their judges. They are on the informal 'hit list' of legal representatives of state coalitions, designated to die violently. Will that serve the cause of justice and peace?

(...)

> Will peace be served by state lead tyrannicide and assassination? I do not think so. The way a regime is changed determines the next one to come.  There is now more than half a century of experience of how to apply international justice. The limitations of the victor courts of justice of Nuremberg and Tokyo after World War II have long been surpassed. The examples of national and international courts for Yugoslavia, Uganda, Cambodia, Sudan, Congo and so on point the way. The emphasis should be on the suppression of tyranny by the rule of law. 

The full version can be found at

http://limpingmessenger.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/natos-collateral-tyrannicide-will-it-bring-justice-and-peace/


Tjebbe van Tijen
Imaginary Museum Projects
Dramatizing Historical Information
http://imaginarymuseum.org
web-blog: The Limping Messenger
http://limpingmessenger.wordpress.com/


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