Chuck Schumer Defends War Crimes

Chuck Schumer Defends War Crimes June 14, 2010

In yet another example of how Israel is somehow exempt from the moral law, Senator Chuck Schumer proves once yet that he is possibly the most odious Democratic senator. In an address to some Jewish group, he made the following points about the blockade of Gaza:

“And to me, since the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas, while certainly there should be humanitarian aid and people not starving to death, to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense.”

As Glenn Greenwald notes, it is akin to treating 1.5 million suffering human beings as dogs in need of some stern training. Remember, collective punishment is absolutely forbidden under the moral law, and is also a war crime under the Geneva conventions. And this has always been what it is all about – Israeli documents note that the blockade is less about security and more about “economic warfare”. That the Obama administration refuses to stand against Israel, and that his right-wing opponents demand an even closer alliance with Israel, is appalling.

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  • No one is exempt from the moral law, but many of our politicians and heads of state are in the habit of abusing their power, ignoring certain basic principals of fundamental human justice and international law.

    This American Senator Schumer is certainly not the first person to betray his public office and serve instead the interests of persons who wield power and privilege instead.

    Our History of Western Civilization is replete with the sorry chronicles of so many arrogant individuals -people like Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIV and other corrupt monarchs, the Borgia Popes, Presidents and Prime Ministers who act more like tyrants and despots than anything resembling leadership.

    “Economic warfare” is simply another way of framing the historic trajectory of power corrupted and violence unleashed as if that will solve all problems and make the world better.

    Better for whom? we might ask.

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  • mab

    One doesn’t “strangle” dogs to train them.

  • digbydolben

    I know this is an old post, but I wonder what some of you who are commenting on the Gaza blockade crisis think of this:

    (And, in particular, what you think of Ami Ayalon, at J Street.)