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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rationale former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used to dismiss the Geneva Conventions, calling them "quaint and out-of-date," not applicable to Al Qaeda or America's imperial wars.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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In an August 12/13, 2006 CounterPunch article headlined, "Should Alan Dershowitz Target Himself for Assassination," Norman Finkelstein railed against his "apologetics on behalf of his Holy State....justify(ing) each and all of Israel's egregious violations of international law, (and using) the 'war on terrorism' as a springboard for a full frontal assault on this body of law."

In other words, binding international laws apply to other nations, not America and Israel, free to reign terror against targeted foes. Representing himself "in the media as a liberal and civil libertarian, (his far right) range of historical reference is pretty much limited to the Bible and Israel, and it is plainly not the Bible that is uppermost in his mind." Moreover, "if there's just (a) 'five percent likelihood' that Israel might face a compelling threat in 'ten years,' it has the right to attack now," including against allies believed potential future threats.

"After all the hard-won gains of civilization," said Finkelstein, " who would want to live in a world that once again legally sanctioned torture, collective punishment, assassinations and mass murder? As Dershowitz descends into barbarism, (it's hoped) that few seem inclined to join him."

Law Professor Francis Boyle called five Harvard law professors notorious for supporting lawlessness. Dershowitz made the list, Boyle calling him an: 

"infamous self-incriminating war criminal. (He) publicly  acknowledged being a member of a Mossad Committee for approving the murder and assassination of Palestinians, which violates the Geneva Conventions and is thus a grave war crime."

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Moreover, he supports Guantanamo's "Kangaroo (Military Commission) Court System" despite all human rights organizations and legitimate figures denouncing it. Harvard's infamous five, including Dershowitz:

"....are no longer fit to educate lawyers, Members of the Bar, and Officers of the Court. They are a sick joke and a demented fraud....Harvard is to Law School as Torture is to Law." Its faculty and deans "torture the law. Do not send your children or students to Harvard Law School (or allow them in Dershowitz's classes) where they will grow up to become racist war criminals. Harvard Law School is a Neo-Con cesspool....for the most part its Faculty and Deans have always been viscerally bigoted and racist against Muslims/Arabs/Asians and other People of Color since at least" 1971 when Boyle attended.

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