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Alan Dershowitz Supporting Tyranny?

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Alan Dershowitz Supporting Tyranny? - by Stephen Lendman

Perhaps so in his January 31 Huffington Post.com article titled, "The Egyptian Revolution May Produce a Lebanon-Type Islamic Regime," saying:

"No one can confidently predict the outcome, both short and long term...." He then quoted Zhou Enlai once saying "It's too soon to say," when asked to assess the 1789 French Revolution. 

Regime changes produce good, bad and in-between results, he said, ranging from his notion of post-Soviet societies to Hitler and other less ambitious despots. As for "liberated" Eastern European states, neoliberal tyranny proved much worse than harsh communist rule, but don't expect Dershowitz to explain or discuss decades of Washington/Israeli state terror and lawlessness. More on his article below.

Honest critics know he's a notorious bigot; a longstanding Islamophobe; a purveyor of myths, canards, and false logic; a misinterpreter of fundamental law standards; a believer in unique Jewish suffering, mindless of all others; an advocate for torture and targeted assassinations; and a committed Zionist and Israeli apologist who legitimizes its aggression, its worst crimes and abuses, and who believes "international law, and those who administer it, must understand that (in times of war) the old rules" don't apply against "fanatical foes."

Further, "the laws of war and the rules of morality must adapt to (new) realities," - the same rationale former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used to dismiss the Geneva Conventions, calling them "quaint and out-of-date," not applicable to Al Qaeda or America's imperial wars. Dershowitz, of course, agrees.

He also supports Western preventive and preemptive wars, despite nothing in international law permitting them. In fact, the UN Charter's Article 51 is explicit, limiting attacks to self-defense until the Security Council acts. Moreover, under the Constitution's Article I, Section 8, only Congress may declare war, not the executive.

Nonetheless, he called Article 51 "anachronistic, (a) mid-twentieth century view of international law,"  irrelevant for Afghanistan, Iraq, and other imperial targets, as well as Israeli wars, its 1981 Iraq Osirak reactor attack, others against targeted foes, and longstanding illegal occupation. For Dershowitz, only Western interests matter, not truth, equity, justice, or fundamental rule of law principles.

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