Le Roadmap to Peace and Bush's Permiso Populus
For the president, his war cabinet and his apologists, reality, otherwise known as the facts, has never really mattered
The same people who brought us "casus belli" to invade Iraq have now added "status quo ante" to our lexicon to justify the mass killing of civilians in Lebanon and the destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure. And? in an encore presentation, they're bringing back casus belli for a war with Iran? and possibly Syria and maybe World War III.
Published on LatinoLA: August 24, 2006
For the president, his war cabinet and his apologists, reality, otherwise known as the facts, has never really mattered. (The president actually admitted this week that Iraq had nothing to do wit 9-11). The only thing that does matter is the ability to dazzle the
publicus by uttering cute and often nonsensical phrases in Latin, Italiano or Fran?ais. Doing so ? similar to alchemy ? is supposed to magically transform illegale wars into legal ones.
Casus belli for Iraq, Afghanistan & the Middle East? Actually, el presidente thinks his "roadmap to peace" also includes the invasion of Iran and Syria, and also leads to North Korea, Venezuela & Cuba? and probably oil-rich Mexico too.
Yet, from what autorit? is he deriving his power or potestas to wage his illegal wars? Where is his permiso populus? From the consent of the governed?
We already know that the Bush administriato's so-called casus belli for waging guerre on Iraq was not simply false, but fabricated. Yet to this day, we have not been given an adequate explicatus publicus by el presidente ? who governs on the basis of 'the rule of law' -- as to how his illegale war became just and legal. On the basis of which lex legis or law? (This week, he explained that the war was actually to keep oil away from extremists).
And now ? as we have recently seen -- Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and her minions carried on about desiring a "sustainable peace," but not wanting to return to the status quo ante. Its gleeful invocation supposedly conferred permission for the region's most powerful armed forces to bring Lebanon (not the guerrillas) to its knees. (The entire mundus is not supposed to have noticed that the administration's regional roadmap to peace is littered with tens of thousands of innocent civilian casualties (roadkill?).
Perhaps the biggest question of all ? the one Congress has been afraid to ask, is: From where has el presidente derived his legal authority to wage both a proprius or permanent worldwide war on terror, and to use extralegal means to do so? (Occasional terrorism scares and generalized fear does not confer legal authority).
The answer requires the use of circular logique. Supposedly, war conditions give the president the authority to assert special powers during times of war. Yet, what if the war is illegale and has no parameters and no terminaison? In asserting the powers that le
presidente has asserted ? such as the right to permanently imprison anyone, without the right to legal representation and the right to ensconce them in secret prisons outside of U.S. law, disavowal of the Geneva conventions, the right to torture and the right to spy on U.S. citizens without court approval, etc. ? it is in his interest to assert the right to wage guerre permanente.
And yet, where is that right enshrined? The answer is: nusquam -- em nenhuma parte. Exactly. Nowhere. Even conservative courts are now affirming this? and as usual, le presidente claims the courts ?referring to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who recently ruled against unlimited presidential powers -- don't understand the war on terror. According to him, neither does the Democrat Party.
So the question then is not, does el presidente have the right to wage permanent war and assert extra-Constitutional powers? The question is, who can stop him? The clear answer is le Congr?s and the [Republican-appointed] Curia Maximus? also known as the Supremes. And
yet, here, per the U.S. Constitution, that ultimate power actually rests not with politicians or appointed officials -- but with We the Populus? or le populache.
That's where the legal and moral power rests. Or have we already traversed the point that late Mexican anthropologist, Guillermo Bonfil Batalla once observed about Mexico ? where the people themselves ? according to le gouvernement ? have become the primary obstacle to
libertas, d?mocratie and world paix? (Yes, this also applies to the current electoral dispute in Mexico).
The world is seemingly at the point of collectively exclaiming: ?Ya Basta!
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