Sir John Chilcot – The inquiry, launched in 2009, delayed by the ‘Maxwellisation process’.
By Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
Time is simply running out. Every year that goes by brings more destruction and tragedy to the people of the Middle East. We keep hearing that it is a matter of groups that disagree about ideology or religion. But isn’t it far more likely that the powerful global masters have arranged almost all such conflicts?
I recall a conversation with a friend from Belgrade in 1989 just before war “broke out” between Serbs and Croats. She was in a panic, not knowing which side her mixed-ethnic family could take. She assured me that people in Belgrade not only didn’t fight over ethnicity, they did not even know which of their neighbors was which. The trouble that began in 1989 must have been planted by outsiders.
Yesterday, the editor of GumshoeNews.com, Dee McLachlan, posted an article about the huge flow of refugees from Syria into Europe (“The Tides of Humanity and the Destruction of Civilisations”). A commenter, who is an international lawyer, said that Australia should not break international law by bombing Syria. This led to a discussion of war crimes and the Chilcot Commission in UK.
That’s the name of a currently running public inquiry into war crimes committed by the by citizens of the UK, for example, Tony Blair. We read that the inquiry has been held up for a long time while people are being “Maxwellised.”
I’d be delighted to think that the name had something to do with me. After all, I was the plaintiff in the case Maxwell v Bush, which sued for an injunction against the US proposed bombing of Iran and Syria, back in 2006. (My basis was the US Constitution’s allocation of powers: the executive is not allowed to start a war.)
Alas, the UK thing has nothing to do with me. To “undergo Maxwellisation” means that if you are to be named in the inquiry in a critical way (as in “he or she be a war criminal”) you are first to be given private notice and a chance to ‘clear your name.’ Watch Blair clear his name. Seriously, I would not rule it out.
But at least the UK is bothering to talk about the tragedy of Iraq. In the US, which is my ‘homeland’ – pardon my French – there is excellent law that criminalizes war crimes, but it is never enforced. In fact I never see it mentioned. Any American who commits a war crime can be prosecuted right then and there by his own compadres. It is codified at 18 USC 2441.
Congress, in 1996, passed a War Crimes Act, and in 1997 an Extended War Crimes Act. This had something to do with a freshening up of the Geneva Protocols in 1996. I can’t divine how it came about, and will be surprised to see it used. The champion of the use of law of war, Charlie Gittings, met his end a few years ago, age 56. His website PECG.com (“Project to Enforce the Geneva Conventions”), is, luckily, still online.
Gittings once told me that he wasn’t able to make any progress at all, not the least bit. This may be because no country wants to turn itself in. After all, if Country X had wanted to be a good world citizen it wouldn’t have allowed itself to be an international aggressor in the first place.
Right now I feel the same way my Belgrade friend felt, nearly in a panic over what is happening. Of course, back in 1989, she didn’t have had the research that we all now have to hand, showing how “faked up” these wars are. The fact that we do now realize this, should be a way of changing our path. But only if the citizenry would reject the propaganda about “terrorists.”
It panics me that there is so little progress on that front. Hands up anybody who wants to brainstorm ways to oppose the lies we tell, day in and day, out about “Middle Easterners.” Doesn’t it make you sick? Aren’t we an educated lot? Can’t we come up with something a bit less Neanderthal in regard to our intergroup behavior?
I don’t believe in making jokes about these matters, but here is a short video to watch.
— Mary W Maxwell lives in Adelaide and worries non-stop. Please see her Youtube channel: Mary W Maxwell.