After WWII soldiers were convicted for just following orders. Following illegal orders is a war crime in and of itself and any soldier allowing themselves being send to Iraq without making absolutely sure that what he is doing is legal will become a war criminal if their deployment turns out to be illegal under international law!
If the Army allows new Zealand troops to opt out of this illegal war of aggression as they are now saying they should do so immediately and call John Key on the fact that he is giving illegal orders under international law.
Here are some reasons they might want to consider:
- The UN has not voted on a resolution to allow for armed intervention making any form of violence against a country or a group illegal.
- John Key has decided unilaterally and without a vote to send troops into a war zone in a country that has never initiated any form of aggression against us and moral indignation about how a group behaves in another country is not a legal reason to invade a country.
- One more reason to call this an illegal war of aggression is the fact that John Key wants us to partake because he wants to be part of “the Club”! That is not a reason to go to war. To go to war in order to reap economic benefits from other countries involved in that war must surely count as one of the most Mercenary and illegal reasons to go to war.
To hear what David Ray Griffin had to say about the attack on Afghanistan in 2001 and why that was an illegal war of aggression watch this video (even if you still believe that three buildings can explode/implode in freefall speed as a result of carbon fires caused by Kerosene from two planes crashing into two buildings). Much of his reasoning can be applied in the current wave of wars of aggression.
It is my sincere hope that people who read my blog will send a link to this post to NZ soldiers they know. Just following orders is not an argument to fight in an illegal war of aggression and every single one of them will become war criminals and a such can be taken to court if they obey illegal orders!
The legalities of this conflict and the implications of the Nuremberg defense for its participants are pertinent. Articles published in ‘main stream media’ organs; The Guardian, The Washington Post and RT News 9see below) have confirmed a link between Senator John McCain, The Free Syrian Army, the Al Nusra Front and ISIL / ISIS. This link raises questions about where the funding and equipment comes from?
On May 27, 2013, McCain slipped across the Turkish border to spend a few hours in Syria with members of the Free Syrian Army.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/08/free-syrian-army-rebels-defect-islamist-group Syria’s main armed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is losing fighters and capabilities to Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist organisation with links to al-Qaida that is emerging as the best-equipped, financed and motivated force fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front has issued a new threatening audio message featuring its leader warning the West “will pay the heaviest price” for its actions. The Syrian group is reportedly now joining up with the estranged Islamic State militants.