Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Land of the free? Not under capitalism bud.


The Guardian, 3 May, reports that ,‘More than 2,000 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested across US campuses.’


The Guardian, 29 April, reports that, pressure is being applied to the International Criminal Court not to press war crime charges against Israel.
The USA is particularly opposed to this the ICC proceeding with this.

‘US diplomats at the UN insisted that Washington regarded the ICC as independent and it would not be interfering in its decision-making process. The US and Israel do not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC, which is vested with the task of prosecuting war crimes.

According to a report on the Axios news website, Netanyahu has appealed to Biden to intervene to stop the warrants being issued. The US is not a member of the court, but under the Trump administration it sanctioned court officials after complaining about its investigations of US military operations in Afghanistan and Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Asked about the prospect of ICC warrants, the White House spokesperson, Karine Jeanne-Pierre, said: “We’ve been really clear about the ICC investigation. We don’t support it; we don’t believe that they have the jurisdiction.”

US politicians spoke out, with the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, saying: “Such a lawless action by the ICC would directly undermine US national security interests. If unchallenged by the Biden administration, the ICC could create and assume unprecedented power to issue arrest warrants against American political leaders, American diplomats, and American military personnel, thereby endangering our country’s sovereign authority.”

Democratic senator John Fetterman warned: “It would be a fatal blow to the judicial and moral standing of ICC to pursue this path against Israel.” He said he was calling on Joe Biden to intervene as part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to Israel.’


Other news outlets are describing the American’s attitude of one of menacing bullying with the threat of retaliation by the USA if such charges are brought forth.

The Axios site headlines the story, ‘Congress threatens ICC over Israeli arrest warrants.’


The Socialist Party is opposed to global capitalism and does not favour any capitalist nationalists over any other. The Socialist party deplores and condemns armed conflict wherever in the world it occurs because members of working class are always te ones to suffer the most from capitalists power struggles for competitive advantages. American capitalism has a long history of using its power to quash both internal and external opposition to the interests of its ruling elites.

That individuals possess the social conscience to oppose such grievous abuses of power is to be applauded. However, until the majority recognise that it is capitalism that is inherently responsible for such abuses against humankind and will continue to do until it is replaced by socialism is the lesson that needs to be learned most quickly.

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