Posts Tagged ‘legitimacy’

Syrian regime torture

May 16th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian-Syrian writer, Salmah Kilah, shows signs of torture on his body, after he was released from Syrian regime prisons.  The Syrian regime interrogator also insulted the Palestinian people and their cause.  This is a regime that does not have a legitimacy of one second.

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Lousy, dictatorial regime-controlled "Islam"

January 28th, 2011 Comments off
The clerics who serve the dictator in Egypt have issued an order that Friday sermons tomorrow will all preach against “opposing legitimacy and destruction.”

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Israel working out details of flotilla raid probe (AFP)

June 9th, 2010 Comments off

Demonstrators march in London during a protest June 5 against Israel over Gaza. Israel was working out details on Wednesday of a limited internal investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and reportedly seeking US backing to add legitimacy to the probe.(AFP/File/Frantzesco Kangaris)AFP – Israel was working out details on Wednesday of a limited internal investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and reportedly seeking US backing to add legitimacy to the probe.

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Netanyahu ‘stuck it’ to Obama, but Israeli ambassador can rely on US Jews on Iran!

November 9th, 2009 Comments off
” …. Speaking at the opening ceremony for the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Michael Oren said that while Israel “is in better geopolitical situation than ever before,” it still faces threats, from members of the Palestinian leadership who do not want peace, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and their patron, Iran….

It is up to American Jewish communities to add Iran to their list of causes, Oren told the conference…… there should also be banners calling for sanctions on Iran, and to “stop the Iranian bomb.”
On the UN report into the Gaza fighting, Oren said when Israel tries to defend itself from danger, “much of the world rushes to condemn Israel for committing war crimes, and even crimes against humanity. The condemnation such as that in the so-called Goldstone report cast widespread doubts about Israel’s legitimacy.” …. He said Israel was now facing questions about its legitimacy, not only from its traditional enemies but also from young people in the U.S., both Jews and non-Jews. …”

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Karzai: Elected. Now What?

November 3rd, 2009 Comments off

After Dr. ‘Abdullah pulled out of the second round in Afghanistan, the election has been canceled and Karzai declared elected. The second round was supposed to increase perceptions of legitimacy. Now what?

Certainly the timing is awkward. The US Administration has been saying it will make a decision on the McChrystal request after the second round. Now, we have Karzai without the second round. Perhaps there’s some sort of coalition deal in the wings, or Karzai will somehow reach out to ‘Abdullah, but this will not strengthen the hand of those who want to give McChrystal what he wants.

I, for one, would not like to be in the President’s shoes. Afghanistan is playing out badly, and few of the options are attractive.

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Legitimacy: Who can generate it?

October 20th, 2009 Comments off

This is a huge question in Afghanistan. It was earlier a huge question in Iraq– but it turned out that Nuri al-Maliki had a wily (and previusly unrecognized) understanding of this question.

Does Abu Mazen understand it? Good question…

(Note: John Locke may have been a racist, an investor in the transatlantic slave trade, and had many other moral flaws. But he was, nonetheless, the prime author in western thinking of the concept that legitimacy stems from the consent of the governed.)

These days, generating “legitimacy” in Afghanistan is a deep, deep problem. So are elections, which are (a) very hard to organize, and (b) necessarily very divisive in post-conflict contents.

Back to the more inclusive loya jirga approach, maybe? December 2001.

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… how can Israel go to war again?

September 16th, 2009 Comments off

Aluf Benn, Haaretz, here

“… If its findings and recommendations are accepted, the International Criminal Court in The Hague could call a summit meeting between the leaders of Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority on the defendants’ stand. 

But the ultimate adjudicator on the report’s fate will be Barack Obama, who now has another whip with which to flay Benjamin Netanyahu if you don’t freeze the settlements and agree to concessions, legal proceedings will commence against those responsible for Operation Cast Lead. 

It’s doubtful that Obama wishes to make such a threat, which would set a precedent against other militaries fighting terror in civilian areas, as is the U.S. army in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The report brings up a number of findings. First, then-prime minister Ariel Sharon erred in 2005 in not seeing the Gaza disengagement to its conclusion by asking the international community for recognition that the occupation of Gaza had ended. A significant portion of the crimes for which Israel is now blamed stemmed from its humanitarian responsibility for the residents of the Strip. 

Second, Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak (prime and defense ministers respectively during Cast Lead) erred in ignoring the Gazan population’s suffering, and in allowing the death and destruction the IDF perpetrated during the Gaza campaign. 

Lengthening the operation and choosing to send in ground forces – decisions which won widespread support among the Israeli public – wrought untold damage to Israel’s international image, and bolstered the legitimacy of Hamas. 
Third, Western governments may ignore this damning report, but it will now serve as the basis of criticism against Israel in public opinion, the media, on campuses and in think tanks, places where UN documents are still taken seriously. 
Fourth, Israel decided to question the investigators’ legitimacy and not cooperate with commission chair Richard Goldstone and his team. None of the defenses heard in Israeli media after the Gaza operation – that the IDF is “the most moral army in the world,” that striking civilian-populated areas was necessary and proportional – were reported to the commission. To a university student in Britain or Spain, Israel’s silence is perceived as an admission of guilt. 
The appearance of Israeli “private citizens” before the panel proved its usefulness: Noam Shalit testified, and then Goldstone called for the release and return of his son. 
Maybe it would have been better if the government had behaved as Shalit did, flooding Goldstone with information? 
Last, and perhaps most important, the Goldstone report reinforces the most serious strategic threat Israel brought upon itself with the Gaza offensive, in that it saps international legitimacy for a similar operation in the future. 
A country considering attacking the nuclear reactor in Iran, and then endangering itself to rocket fire from Lebanon and Gaza in response, will have to take into account whether the world will give Israel another opportunity for a severe, crushing response. 

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