Law Free Zones
Unfortunately for the US, the world has seen what
these unilateral arrangements can mean, at Abu Ghraib and Gunatanamo
Bay, for example, and in the vast gulag archipelago for suspected
terrorists now being operated round the world by the United
As one of Britain’s most eminent judges, Lord
Steyn, has said, the US has created a “law-free zone" where
it can commit any crime against anyone without fear of prosecution.
Or so Mr. Bush's advisers believe.
Unless Mr. Bush and his party seize power in the
United States and remain in power for ever, prosecution and
retribution are always in the offing, as the Chilean usurper/regicide
Pinochet is now discovering.
One of the key loopholes the Americans believed
they had discovered is that resigning from the ICC means that
they do not have to extradite their own home-boy terrorists
such as Luis Posada Carriles and his accomplice in murder, Orlando
But the ICC renunciation was only the most significant
act in a concerted US campaign to turn their backs not only
on history but on civilization itself. It is now clear that
the US Administration and its dwindling band of fanatics want
to turn the world back to medieval systems of governance, justice
Global Warming: The US has worked overtime, using bad science, PR spin doctors
and the power of money to try to turn back the Kyoto protocol
on climate change. It was sheer embarrassment which forced the
US four weeks ago to agree to continue being a part of
the negotiating process. The tactic here will be to talk out
the decision making process while the US continues to pollute
the atmosphere and the seas and mankind's lungs and genes for
as long as it is profitable.
Globalization: The US is adamant that her merchants and usurers should
be free to scrape as much in profit from the rest of the world
as possible by arrangements such as the WTO and GATS
(General Agreement on Trade in Services) which will allow the
Wal-Martization and McDonaldization of the world, destroying
local artisans and their craft and substituting the obviously
superior American ersatz productions, spreading asthma, diabetes,
deformity and unemployment everywhere, while discrete “Free
Zones” provide slave labor for the Cognitive Elite behind their
electrified fences and shoot to kill policies.
While Jamaica and India must cough up the “uttermost
farthing” for pirated DVDs and software, Americans will legitimately
patent such things as the Neem
Tree, Basmati Rice and eventually Reggae music.
Genetics: The United States and a cadre of rogue scientists will continue
to plunder the Earth in search of desirable plants, for
food and medicine, developed over centuries by peasants on the
slopes of the Andes or the terraces of Assam. When they have
found the most productive strains and patented them, they will
then genetically alter them so that no further development
and evolution is possible. These seeds will have no progeny,
except in the tissue culture labs of Monsanto and Dupont. At
that point, selective starvation (aka Eugenics) will become
possible, as the companies which have patented life protest
that they have run out of material and farmers in Peru and Jamaica
and Assam and Sri Lanka will not be able to buy planting material.
"We have a shortage" will be the claim.
And, since Mr. Bush and his merry men do not believe
in Evolution, all will be for the best in the best possible
of all (gated) worlds.
GATS: That desirable green space in front of the University of
the West Indies chapel at Mona would be greatly enhanced
by a small, efficient Wal-Mart. And American universities will
demand subsidies (“national treatment”) from Jamaica if Jamaica
were unwise enough to give any assistance to the poor and indigent Jamaican
students attending the UWI. If the children of the elite want
to go to Harvard, the Jamaican government would have to pay
their fees as well, as long as Harvard set up a drop shop in
Small Arms and Drugs:
While the United States reserves the right to kill people
with alcohol and tobacco, it has set its face firmly against
ganja and cocaine, which unlike alcohol and tobacco are virulently
dangerous substances, notwithstanding the fact that they kill
far fewer people. And citing the immutable laws of Adam Smith
and Free Trade, the Americans will refuse to control the export
of small arms to places like Jamaica for the very good reason
that when Jamaicans kill each other it is a purely domestic
Oil: It is a curious fact that petroleum, which belongs by natural
right to the United States, has been secreted by God under the
land area and seas of various poor and often “failing states.”
And when reckless and dangerous agitators like Hugo Chavez claim
to be the rightful owners of the oil under their feet, they
need to understand that their vain presumptions are entirely
without fundamentalist justification and are in sacrilegious
disrespect of the bottom line.
US Justice Department has now instituted an official probe with
a view to criminal charges against the person or persons who
leaked the state secret that president Bush had contravened
the laws and Constitution of the United States by illegally
ordering his National Security Agency to spy on Americans. A
few Americans are agitated that this may mean some infringement
of their civil liberties and may turn a few of them into unlawful
combatants inhabiting some “law-free zone" for the rest
of their natural lives. Mr. Bush has a divine right to break
the law and exposing his crime is a crime.
I remember vividly what I was doing on the morning
of September 11. My hair was standing on end before the
planes struck the World Trade Center. I was trolling the web
and copied several stories about a new project called Echelon,
a worldwide network of satellites and computers which had the
capability to read or record the secrets of anyone, any
company, any government, anywhere. The European Union was about
to protest about Echelon, the stories said. After 9/11 there
has been a complete absence of stories about Echelon.
Case Study: The destruction of liberty can be choreographed, as Hitler
and Stalin both knew. “Obedience is good, Control better,” Stalin
is reported to have said. And when Hitler began to enslave his
people he started with blacks (Yes! Blacks! the “spawn” of the
Senegalese and Jamaican troops of the First World War armies
occupying Germany) He next attacked homosexuals, Gypsies and
then the Jews, picking them off one by one, choosing the most
friendless – as Niemoller said – to begin with.
Mr. Alex van Trotsenberg of the World bank infamously
described Somalia as “almost a non-country.” Haiti is
obviously a non-country, and Iraq cannot be far behind.
What has happened to these two countries may be
instructive. It was in Iraq, 8,000 years ago, we are told, that
civilization as we understand it, first developed.
After suffering defeat in the arranged Gulf War,
the Iraqis were starved and bombed continuously for ten
years, their land contaminated by depleted uranium, their children
poisoned, the wombs of the women so corrupted by radioactivity
that many produced monsters. One American general said in 2002
there was nothing left to bomb in Iraq but the odd outhouse
and a few unsuspecting shepherds, yet the US and British unleashed
"Shock and Awe" against these people, a barbarous
attempt to cow them into surrender, to un-man them and
convince them to greet the “liberators” with flowers and kisses.
The reality was different.
"She was standing in the wrong place, so
I shot her" said one 18-year-old American GI.
Iraq's historic places and museums were looted
and vandalized. Mr. Rumsfeld was unperturbed: "Stuff happens"
he said. Unlike Reichsmarshal Herman Goering, he did not reach
for his revolver on hearing the word “Culture” – He probably
did not understand it.
The Fight Against
Two hundred and one years after freeing themselves
from slavery, the Haitians are once again engaged in the same
struggle. The Haitians have been abandoned by their friends,
their relatives and the world police, terrorized by the Americans,
Canadians, Brazilians and French, and by the United Nations.
Their president and his family were kidnapped,
transported out of his country as “cargo” and finally found
refuge in South Africa, one of the few places with the cojones
to defy the United States in such matters.
The Haitian people are being raped, tortured,
falsely imprisoned, brutalized and massacred by known and convicted
criminals, one of whom is now running for President under elections
sponsored by George Bush and Kofi Annan. The lawful President
is being denigrated, vilified and libeled for building
more schools in five years than had been built in a century,
for giving the children of Haiti their own radio station, for
setting up a medical school open to poor students, for instituting
a disaster preparedness network, for liberty and democracy.
And, what happened ten years ago when American-sponsored
generals first removed Aristide is happening again. Rape and
murder are again instruments of policy under the supervision
of the man who oversaw Aristide's kidnapping, former US Ambassador
Lynn Duff, an American journalist reports on a
woman she met in Haiti: