Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If you have a problem with the law, just change the law

Gordon Brown has told Tzipi Livni that he is "completely opposed" to the warrant issued for her arrest, while assuring her that "he will work to change the law that allowed it. Well, I am sure Gordon will manage to do just that but as it stands at the moment the only people exempt from 'universal jurisdication' as it is interpreted under UK law at the moment are, "sitting heads of state" although, in fact, it would appear that immunity has de facto been extended to sitting ministers in any foreign governments. Still, even accounting for this new interpretation of the law that immunity would not extend to ex-ministers. Therefore, while Bibi Netanyahu might think the law is an "absurdity", what he thinks is neither here nor there, the law is the law, is the law, after all; or so we should think!

Unfortunately, we all know that the Israelis are not very good when it comes to the law. However, with the British foreign minister, David Milliband, actually apologising to both Livni and her successor as Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, for the arrest warrant, while adding that he will work to change "the UK laws that enable the issue of arrest warrants against Israeli officials accused of war crimes", it becomes difficult not to vomit. Here is a British foreign minister promising to amend that very law, which allows war criminals no respite, to Israel's benefit. One can only assume, moreover, that it will be amended exclusively for Israel and, perhaps, a few other favoured nations.

Therefore, what we would have are these exclusive,  arrogant, "a law unto themselves", zionist war criminals getting away with flouting international law being further immune from the law when they find themselves abroad. Of course, while Brown and Milliband have their machiavellian "Realpolitik" motivation for licking zionist arse, we might suspect that their reasoning vis-à-vis Jerusalem is not wholly altruistic. After all, if we really start applying international law, where will it all end?

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