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Julian Assange & the Likely Attack on Ecuador’s London Embassy: America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

Due to a general request by Craig Murray, I repost his article

America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

by craig on August 16, 2012 11:30 am in Uncategorized

UPDATE

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I returned to the UK today to be astonished by private confirmation from within the FCO that the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.

This will be, beyond any argument, a blatant breach of the Vienna Convention of 1961, to which the UK is one of the original parties and which encodes the centuries – arguably millennia – of practice which have enabled diplomatic relations to function. The Vienna Convention is the most subscribed single international treaty in the world.

The provisions of the Vienna Convention on the status of diplomatic premises are expressed in deliberately absolute terms. There is no modification or qualification elsewhere in the treaty.

Article 22

1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter
them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises
of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the
mission or impairment of its dignity.
3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of
transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Not even the Chinese government tried to enter the US Embassy to arrest the Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen. Even during the decades of the Cold War, defectors or dissidents were never seized from each other’s embassies. Murder in Samarkand relates in detail my attempts in the British Embassy to help Uzbek dissidents. This terrible breach of international law will result in British Embassies being subject to raids and harassment worldwide.

The government’s calculation is that, unlike Ecuador, Britain is a strong enough power to deter such intrusions. This is yet another symptom of the “might is right” principle in international relations, in the era of the neo-conservative abandonment of the idea of the rule of international law.

The British Government bases its argument on domestic British legislation. But the domestic legislation of a country cannot counter its obligations in international law, unless it chooses to withdraw from them. If the government does not wish to follow the obligations imposed on it by the Vienna Convention, it has the right to resile from it – which would leave British diplomats with no protection worldwide.

I hope to have more information soon on the threats used by the US administration. William Hague had been supporting the move against the concerted advice of his own officials; Ken Clarke has been opposing the move against the advice of his. I gather the decision to act has been taken in Number 10.

There appears to have been no input of any kind from the Liberal Democrats. That opens a wider question – there appears to be no “liberal” impact now in any question of coalition policy. It is amazing how government salaries and privileges and ministerial limousines are worth far more than any belief to these people. I cannot now conceive how I was a member of that party for over thirty years, deluded into a genuine belief that they had principles.

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BBZ Newz on the year 1811

I hate the BBZ (British Broadcasting Zionism), more well-known by its nom de plume: the BBC).

Actually, to be accurate, it’s the News and Current Affairs section I hate. In fact, i’d go so far as to say most of those who write this quazi-news propaganda and determine its output are scum.

But you may already know that.

What I want to point out today is, the BBC publishes a story about newspaper articles from 1811 which have gone online. It had the potential to have been a real interesting piece of news and commentary. Alas, the BBZ has BBC-ified it. That said, the property of the subject matter manages to prevent it from suffering total “death by BBC”.

In its coverage, there are numerous comparisons between 1811 and 2011, aspects such as, astronomy, work related strife, museums, Navy funding, even user of ‘eye catching’ tabloidic headlines (now widely exploited by the BBZ), but one glaring omission on the subjct of war.

The omission? Well, breaking with the consistent comparisons of 1811 and 2011 across multiple topics, there is no comparison or mention of David Camerons 2011 wars and those of 1811.

2011 sees war against the people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and the looming war against Iran. Why is there no comparison made here?

Lets list the wars the UK was involved in during this period. As the ZBC says, there wars were

UK against France (Napolenic war)

UK against Portugal (Iberian Peninsular War)

There are many more wars that the British are pursuing during this time. Not to mention build-up to one of the ‘biggies’ in 1812 when American colonialists revolted thanks to the oppressive British.

Let me propose the reason why no comparison is made.

i) To avoid a reminder that Cameron is in fact another warring Prime Minister

ii) To avoid connection Britain and Cameron to Imperialism (and ongoing Imperialism).

iii) To avoid mention of British Imperialism is pretty much taboo these days.

iv) To try and preserve the glorified history of the British military’s Imperial past and present (but not mention it by name).

Here, the BBC is certainly top heavy in glorifying war, showing HMS Hermes smashing into a French ship and mentioning tributes and a poem about some idiot officer who probably had virtually no legitimate reason to be fighting, shedding the blood of others and ultimately his own blood, causing misery and hardship for his family, all for the benefit of wealthy and secure filthy elite, who regularly send such fools to fight for even greater benefit.

The comparison with 2011 army dupes and those of 1811 is also avoided. They share a similarity in shared stupidity devoid of human spirit, morality and ethics  – off to kill some dark skinned people somewhere – and get a kick out of doing it [link to British army torture/beatings/killings].

Readers might point out to the space given to an officer in Portugal writing of the horror befalling civilians in war, but it stinks of an attempt to blame hunger in isolation and not because of the war the British were involved in.

On war in this story, there no commentary attributing blame or even questioning of engaging in these wars past (by omitting wars present of course there will be no comment!) i.e. whether war should take place – was Britain attacked etc, and no comment from the BBZ as to whether what was published in 1811 was filtered and used for shaping society or in fact, just blatant  propaganda. No space is given to revealing any subversive comments that may have made it into the 1811 newspapers or if there were none, then why were one printed.

The BBZ once again sanitizes war, talking about it as though it were an abstract thing. But it is not. War is caused by human antics, greed and folly. It also seems to cherry picked particles which as at risk of repeating myself, fail to challenge the orthodoxy of 1811 or even, of today! A brief mentioning a few pre-Luddites and todays Occupy Movement simply isn’t good enough.

Once again the BBC throws out it’s pixie dust and falls in its duty to challenge acceptance of the most dire things imaginable, e.g. war.

What a lamentable thing the BBC Newz and Current Affairs dept is.


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