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Saturday, June 17, 2017

COLUMN: Obama's war crimes | Indiana Daily Student

COLUMN: Obama's war crimes | Indiana Daily Student

5) According to the
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has
overseen the deportation of about 1.2 million
people accused of being “non-criminal immigration violators.” The
act of deportation is considered a Crime Against Humanity in the London
Charter of the International Military Tribunal, which set forth the
Nuremberg Principles. In paragraph 6 (c) of the charter, Crimes Against
Humanity are defined as “Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation
and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population.”
4)
During the Arab Spring, the Obama administration oversaw the NATO
bombing campaign against Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya. Though the Gaddafi
regime had been massacring civilians, Obama’s air campaign instantly
lost all credibility as an operation intent on protecting civilians.
Although estimates differ, there is little doubt that NATO airstrikes
frequently killed civilians. By October 2011 alone, up to 100,000 people
may have died in the conflict, and no one knows what the figure is at
today now that ISIS controls part of the country.

Obama’s actions
almost certainly constitute a war of aggression. A war of aggression is
one waged without a justification for self-defense and is classified as a
Crime Against Peace by the Nuremberg Tribunal, which prohibits
“planning, preparation, initiation of a war of aggression.” The
responsibility for the bombing of civilians and the collapse of Libya
into a failed state lies right at Obama’s feet, and undoubtedly is one
of the most significant war crimes of this century.
3)
President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, one of the largest war
crimes in human history, shattered Iraqi society and plunged the Middle
East into lasting chaos — the effects of which have been felt globally.
The Obama administration’s failure to prosecute Bush-era officials for
this and other war crimes, such as torture, is itself an indictable war
crime. The Nuremberg Principles do not absolve former Heads of State for
their crimes, and Obama himself is complicit in these crimes by
allowing the perpetrators to walk free.
2)
The Obama administration has offered unwavering support of Saudi
Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen. Since August 2016, Saudi airstrikes
have killed 329 civilians, and other airstrikes have targeted weddings
and hospitals.
The
Obama administration has offered more than $60 billion in weapons to
Saudi Arabia since 2010, and the attacks on civilians in Yemen have been
carried out with these weapons.
Furthermore,
it has recently been discovered that the U.S. has been supplying the
Arab monarchy with white phosphorus, a chemical weapon that burns skin
to the bone.
The
use of this chemical against the Yemini population is a gross breach of
international law and the chemical weapons prohibitions of the Geneva
Protocol. President Obama’s support of the Saudi’s war makes him
complicit in a number of war crimes.
1)
Finally, I bring us to Obama’s greatest crime, the largest terror
campaign in human history, spanning several subcontinents: the global
drone assassination campaign.
Not
only does the drone campaign go against the prohibition of summary
executions by the Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention, but it
utterly ignores the tenants of due process and fair trials enshrined by
the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta. The U.S. government can now
assassinate anyone in the world who is merely
suspected of
committing a crime with an unmanned robot. I can think of no other
crime committed by President Obama more dangerous to human decency and
the rule of law.
For
eight years, President Obama has dodged responsibility for these crimes
and many others, and it’s about time he had his day in court — a
privilege not enjoyed by his thousands of victims.

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