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When he invaded Russia, he said "I sought no war. On the contrary, I did everything to avoid it (but) in view of the mortal danger from the Soviet Union (to all Europe)" he gave "the signal to attack myself (for) this moral struggle."

And when he declared war on America, he blamed it on Roosevelt and his coterie of Jews and WW I on Wilson, both men he considered mad.

He accused Roosevelt of inciting war, falsifying the causes, "then odiously wrap(ping) himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy...." and policies "aimed at unrestricted world domination and dictatorship (together) with England (against) the rights of the German, Italian and Japanese nations...."

When tyrants or extremists try justifying illegal actions, there's no dearth of excuses, including tried and true fear mongering and blaming victims.

Propagandizing for Israel

The Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor disseminates propaganda, debases the legitimate human rights community, and promotes a pro-Israeli agenda defending the indefensible, Anne Herzberg its legal advisor. At the conference, she assailed notable human rights organizations for promoting a "radical agenda" and "anti-state, anti-democracy, (and) anti-American" ideology.

For revealing Israeli crimes of war and against humanity, Justice Richard Goldstone was particularly assailed, David Schizer saying he:

"created standards of morality in war that leave a state without the means of legitimate self-protection," ignoring Israeli premeditated aggression and victimized Gazans, a matter clearly and unequivocally covered under international law principles.

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Schizer and others didn't go there, instead focusing on ways to discredit US and Israeli critics to delegitimize them, notably human rights organizations like B'Tselem, Al-Haq, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), and, of course, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Goldstone Commission.

Israel's Lawfare Forum

A February Jerusalem conference covered the same ground, defining Lawfare as "waging war under the cover of war," and urging help for Israel to "delegitimize its delegitimization." Speakers claimed Israel obeys international law, conforms to the laws of armed conflict in fighting "terror," has a legitimate right to kill enemies of the state, and to discredit critics like Richard Goldstone whose assertions are more suitable for discussion at "a psychiatrist's seminar," according to reserve IDF Lt. Col. David Benjamin. He and others called the Goldstone Report corrupt for accusing Israel of crimes, and to take the offensive by making Israel the plaintiff, not the accused.

DJ Schneeweiss, former Israeli deputy ambassador to China, told attendees:

"We are fighting a strategic, multi-dimentional, ideologically clothed war that uses the language of values and simple, repetitive messages against us. Anti-Zionist Israelis and Jews add fuel to the fire."

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Participants at both conferences didn't let truth, justice, and democratic values impede their extremist ideology, loyalty to criminal states, and the institutionalized state terrorism they practice. Instead, they blamed victims for their crimes - another refuge for scoundrels who have no morality standards, no principles, no legitimacy, and no place to hide under the law.

Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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