To maintian a state of perpetual war requires both promoting the myths that support it, and erasing or subverting the lessons we’ve already learned.
The following article by Lawrence Davidson, retired professor of history, offers insight into how one of the most important events influcing the quality of life on earth, the Nuremberg Trials, is being weakened, subverted, and ignored by those in power today.
In 2002, only a few months after leaving Alaska and returning to college, I had several discussions (well, lets say arguments) with a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant about the Nuremberg trials and the subsequent determination that just following orders was not an excuse for committing war crimes.
His position was that regardless of the conclusions reached at Nuremberg, a member of the military was to, without hesitation, obey any order given by a superior. The reasoning was that we are the United States, we are not bound by international law, and we will do what ever it takes to maintain our dominance over the world. His insinuation was that this position was the predominate mindset of our country’s military and industrial establishment.
The following paragraph is from Robert H. Jackson, Chief of Counsel for the United States at the first Nuremberg Trial in 1945 and 1946:
“The Nuremberg trials established that all of humanity would be guarded by an international legal shield and that even a Head of State would be held criminally responsible and punished for aggression and Crimes Against Humanity. The right of humanitarian intervention to put a stop to Crimes Against Humanity – even by a sovereign against his own citizens – gradually emerged from the Nuremberg principles affirmed by the United Nations.”
We cannot allow the lessons from the Nuremberg trials to be forgotten, disregarded, or made irrelevant for the sake of expediency. Our history shows that we cannot trust governments maintained by an elite representing a minuscule percentage of humanity to act in our best interest or that of the planet.
It is time for humanity to begin the discussion about shifting ultimate sovereignty on the planet from the country with the biggest stick to the human race as a whole. In other words, they were formed to serve us, not us born to serve them, and it is time we accept our responsibility and redirect the course of our planet. This is the message brought forth in The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril.
We are at the point in humanity’s history where we can begin this process by identifying our highest cross cultural values, using them to develop a global politic stating our expectations for government and corporate conduct in the world system, and enforcing our collective will through a locally directed decentralized international nonviolent campaign of ever widening response.
Our motto is that to hurt one is to hurt all, and that all will come to the aid of the one.
There are over 7.2 billion people on the planet. We hold the power, not the few hundred or thousand who have assumed the right to direct our world’s system for their benefit. Those people require our cooperation to maintain the status quo, and if we withdraw enough of it they cannot continue to function. This was Étienne de la Boétie’s argument in the mid 1500’s, and his idea continues to this day to be the demise of dictators across the planet.
Hoping that our leaders, who are put into place by those people controlling our world’s wealth, will ever represent the interests of humanity or care for the planet we’ve inherited is not naïve, it is insane. We have gone way past the point were we can claim to simply be uninformed—we will either rise to the cure or allow our collective self to fully enter the madness that will eventually consume us.
Please read Lawrence Davidson’s Article: Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity for a better understanding of how the Nuremberg conclusions are being dismantled to support today’s state of perpetual war.