Almost every day now, he is vindicated. The intrinsic criminality of the atomic bombing is borne out in the US National Archives and by the subsequent decades of militarism camouflaged as democracy. The Syria psychodrama exemplifies this.
Yet again, we are held hostage to the prospect of a terrorism whose nature and history even the most liberal critics still deny.The great unmentionable is that humanity's most dangerous enemy resides across the Atlantic.
Russia's peace deal over chemical weapons will,in time, be treated with the contemptthat all militarists reserve for diplomacy.
When the public is "psychologically scarred", as the Channel 4 reporter Jonathan Rugman described the British people's overwhelming hostility to an attack on Syria, reinforcing the unmentionable is made urgent.
Whether or not Bashar al-Assad or the "rebels" used gas in the suburbs of Damascus, it is the US not Syria that is the world's most prolific user of these terrible weapons.
"The US has dumped on Vietnam a quantity of toxic chemical (dioxin) amounting to six pounds per head of population".This was Operation Hades, later renamed the friendlier Operation Ranch Hand: the source of what Vietnamese doctors call a "cycle of foetal catastrophe". I have seen generations of young children with their familiar, monstrous deformities.
No Obama "red line" for them.No showdown psychodrama for them.
"a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of Western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence". This "is so widely accepted as to be virtually unchallengeable".
Stripping humanity from the study of nations and congealing it with jargon that serves western power designs, they mark "failed", "rogue" or "evil" states for "humanitarian intervention".
"Individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity."