Bush and International Law

by REP. CYNTHIA McKINNEY (Remarks At November 21 Peace Rally In New York City.)

It is fitting and appropriate and just that we bring our activism for peace and against war to The Church.

For it is in The Church where America’s conscience resides.

And it is the black church in particular which helped America find its soul.

In the molehills of Alabama and at Stone Mountain Georgia, it was the black church that demanded that America stand for her truest and boldest ideals.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached against hatred and he preached against war. But let no one fool you into thinking that he was the only one.

Thousands and thousands of brave individuals inside The Church became leaders in the struggle for justice and dignity and peace.

And like them, we all are gathered here for justice and for dignity and for peace.

Let’s talk about justice for a moment.

The United States wants to submit the world to its form of justice but refuses to submit to the world’s justice.

How can this Administration enforce international law when it doesn’t adhere to it?

While other nations, even our allies, dream of an international criminal court, where all can be treated equally before the law and where all can receive justice–even the smallest against the biggest–the US obstructs, dissembles, obfuscates, and turns the dream into a nightmare.

Why would the US not want to be a part of the community of nations standing for justice for all?

Could it be that we really don’t want justice for all?

I think to get that answer we need only look at the administration of justice here at home.

Why is it so hard for the authorities to say we might have made a mistake in prosecuting the young men in the Central Park Jogger case? Is it more a case of damage control for the government than justice for the people?

The United States ought to stand for dignity in the world. Our mission ought to be to lift up others and to so be lifted up ourselves. Through the good that we do in the world, we gain the respect and admiration of the world.

That’s one way to do it.

And then there’s the Bush Way: which has America feared more than loved.

I wonder if this is the way he treats his children?

For we are graced to be the most powerful country in the world. Kind of like parents and children.

We are the leader of the world. But effective leadership metes out justice without favoritism; supplies love equitably to all; asks not what can be done for you, but asks what you can do for others.

As it stands now, the poor of the world are being asked to give up their resources, for little or nothing–or lose their lives.

It is a stick-up of global proportions.

And we are being asked to go along with it.

And so, in the absence of justice, and in the absence of dignity; we are the ones who must stand up for peace.

Can you imagine that when World War II and Korean War veterans asked the US to keep its promise of lifetime healthcare, our government just this week, in our name, said “sorry” and denied their request for healthcare?

Yet, on any given night, there are at least a quarter of a million veterans who are sleeping on our streets. Suffering from the ill health effects of Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, depleted uranium, and post-traumatic stress syndrome, too many of them are just a stone’s throw from the Oval Office.

That’s the thanks of a grateful nation.

It’s easy to send people off to war when you haven’t been to war.

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle . . . where were you when your country needed you?

We have a right to say no to George Bush’s brand of patriotism and to yield to the words of our founding father George Washington who warned us to beware the false patriots.

We, who hold America to her promise, are the true patriots.

We not only have a right to be here, standing for peace; we have the responsibility.

I am with you and will be with you until we stop the war before it begins!

Like What You’ve Read? Support CounterPunch
August 04, 2015
Vincent J. Roscigno
University Bureaucracy as Organized Crime
Paul Street
Bernie Sanders’ Top Five Race Problems: the Whiteness of Nominal Socialism
Ramzy Baroud
The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha
Herbert Dyer, Jr.
Is White Supremacy a Mental Disorder?
Pepe Escobar
Reshuffling Eurasia’s Energy Deck — Iran, China and Pipelineistan
L. Michael Hager
The Battle Over BDS
Eric Draitser
Puerto Rico: Troubled Commonwealth or Debt Colony?
Benjamin Willis
The New Cubanologos: What’s in a Word?
Matt Peppe
60 Minutes Provides Platform for US Military
Binoy Kampmark
The Turkish Mission: Reining in the Kurds
Eoin Higgins
Teaching Lessons of White Supremacy in Prime-Time: Blackrifice in the Post-Apocalyptic World of the CW’s The 100
Robert Dodge
The Nuclear World at 70
August 03, 2015
Joseph Mangano – Janette D. Sherman
The Atomic Era Turns 70, as Nuclear Hazards Endure
Nelson Valdes
An Internet Legend: the Pope, Fidel and the Black President
Robert Hunziker
The Perfectly Nasty Ocean Storm
Jack Dresser
The Case of Alison Weir: Two Palestinian Solidarity Organizations Borrow from Joe McCarthy’s Playbook
Ahmad Moussa
Incinerating Palestinian Children
Greg Felton
Greece Succumbs to Imperialist Banksterism
Binoy Kampmark
Stalling the Trans-Pacific Partnership: the Failure of the Hawai’i Talks
Ted Rall
My Letter to Nick Goldberg of the LA Times
Mark Weisbrot
New Greek Bailout Increases the Possibility of Grexit
Jose Martinez
Black/Hispanic/Women: a Leadership Crisis
Victor Grossman
German Know-Nothings Today
Patrick Walker
We’re Not Sandernistas: Reinventing the Wheels of Bernie’s Bandwagon
Norman Pollack
Moral Consequences of War: America’s Hegemonic Thirst
Ralph Nader
Republicans Support Massive Tax Evasion by Starving IRS Budget
Alexander Reid Ross
Colonial Pride and the Killing of Cecil the Lion
Suhayb Ahmed
What’s Happening in Britain: Jeremy Corbyn and the Future of the Labour Party
Weekend Edition
July 31-33, 2015
Jeffrey St. Clair
Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void
John Pilger
Julian Assange: the Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice
Roberto J. González – David Price
Remaking the Human Terrain: The US Military’s Continuing Quest to Commandeer Culture
Lawrence Ware
Bernie Sanders’ Race Problem
Andrew Levine
The Logic of Illlogic: Narrow Self-Interest Keeps Israel’s “Existential Threats” Alive
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Kos, Bodrum, Desperate Refugees and a Dying Child
Paul Street
“That’s Politics”: the Sandernistas on the Master’s Schedule
Ted Rall
How the LAPD Conspired to Get Me Fired from the LA Times
Mike Whitney
Power-Mad Erdogan Launches War in Attempt to Become Turkey’s Supreme Leader
Ellen Brown
The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion
Stephen Lendman
Russia Challenges America’s Orwellian NED
Will Parrish
The Politics of California’s Water System
John Wight
The Murder of Ali Saad Dawabsha, a Palestinian Infant Burned Alive by Israeli Terrorists
Jeffrey Blankfort
Leading Bibi’s Army in the War for Washington
Mary Lou Singleton
Gender, Patriarchy, and All That Jazz
Robert Fantina
Israeli Missteps Take a Toll
Pete Dolack
Speculators Circling Puerto Rico Latest Mode of Colonialism