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U.S. Threat to Nuke Iran Termed "Criminal" by Legal Scholar

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"The whole (George W.) Bush Doctrine of preventive warfare, which is yet to be officially repealed by Obama now after 18 months, was made by the Nazi lawyers for the Nazi defendants at Nuremberg, and it was rejected," Boyle said.


He noted Article 2 of the UN Charter "prohibits both the threat and the use of force except in cases of legitimate self-defense" and the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, "do not qualify under that definition." He adds the U.S. today is engaged in "ongoing international criminal activity" for "planning, preparation, solicitation, and conspiracy to commit Nuremberg crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide."


What's more, "the design, research, testing, production, manufacture, fabrication, transportation, deployment, installation, storing, stockpile, sale, and purchase and the threat to use nuclear weapons are criminal under well-recognized principles of international law," Boyle said.


And the leaders of NATO states that go along with U.S. nuclear policies "are all accomplices as well," Boyle said, noting that pressure is mounting within Germany for the removal of U.S. nuclear warheads and that public opinion in much of Europe favors the elimination of nuclear arsenals.


The expansion of NATO, Boyle says, has now drawn in "almost all of Europe" and that even Sweden, Austria, and Finland have basically abandoned their neutrality. "Even Ireland," Boyle says, has been compelled to join the so-called Partnership For Peace and send troops to Afghanistan. "The only state in Europe still holding out is Switzerland," Boyle says, and because it refuses to commit troops to the wars in the Middle East it has been subjected to much pressure by the U.S. "including an attack on its banking and financial system."


The nonpartisan Arms Control Association of Washington, meanwhile, has published an article in the October issue of "Arms Control Today" calling for NATO ministers at their forthcoming Oct. 14th session "to initiate a comprehensive review of outdated NATO nuclear policy" to "reduce the role and salience of nuclear weapons and support reductions of U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear bombs."


Co-authors Oliver Meier and Paul Ingram point out that NATO's 28 states "remain divided" over key issues, including "the future role of nuclear weapons in NATO's defense posture." What's more, they say, in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands "there now exists broad parliamentary and popular support for a withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons from their territories."


In a related development, the Associated Press reported October 9, "From the 1950s' Pentagon to today's Obama administration, the United States has repeatedly pondered, planned and threatened use of nuclear weapons against North Korea, according to declassified and other U.S. government documents released in this 60th-anniversary year of the Korean War."


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