Posts Tagged ‘UN tribunal for Hariri’s assassination’

Hezbollah pulls a Texas

July 12, 2011

The NYT editorial page today:

“An international tribunal has called on Lebanon’s government to arrest four suspects indicted in the 2005 car-bomb killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. All four of the accused are members of Hezbollah…”. Hezbollah refused to the court’s decision.

“… [We are] not bound by a foreign court’s ruling.”

Guess what! The latter quote though was not from Hezbollah. It was from Texas Governor’s Press Secretary commenting on The International Court of Justice a few years back:

“The International Court of Justice ruled that 51 Mexican-born inmates nationwide, including Leal, were entitled to new hearings in American courts to determine if their consular rights were violated. ”

“No matter what Hezbollah says, the men accused of Rafik Hariri’s murder must be arrested….”, declared the editorial page of the NYT (which didn’t say anything about the Texas decision which was upheld by our supreme court last week.)

But why? Hezbollah has just pulled a Texas. 


And justice for all….but here in the US

July 2, 2011

The United Nations Tribunal looking into the case of the assassinated Lebanese prime minister Rafiq  Hariri indicted  a high-ranking official from Hezbollah today

The UN tribunal, incidentally,  has been put in place as a blackmailing chip by the United States through its allies in the form of a former American puppet Lebanese government.

As anyone who is monitoring the situation in this tiny but strategically relevant country knows, this is going to push it into the abyss of a civil strife.

But our esteemed secretary of states, Hillary Clinton, begs to differ:

” …[C]ritics were creating a false distinction between justice and stability…”

You may side with Clinton’s assessment or with the true experts on Lebanese politics. My issue here is justice. And who better than Clinton and her boss, Obama, understand the delicate issue of justice.

Obama and Clinton have been steadfastly shielding  Wall Street criminals, that nearly brought (and could very well still bring) the world economy to its knees, from criminal prosecution.

They have also prevented accountability and prosecution for what was even admitted by one of our generals,  Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who oversaw the official investigation into detainee abuse: 

 “there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”

Well, we  know now that Obama and Clinton put that question to rest forever.

Under the banner of “we should look forward not backward”, they’re shielding criminals from receiving punishment for  devastating criminal activities at a historical scale.

But in a fragile country like Lebanon, we have to look backward not forward. Even if the very stability of the country is at stake.

Justice for all indeed!