Francis Boyle has had some good stuff to say in recent years, but he now seems to be losing it. He is going way overboard here, but this is the stuff that the relentlessly annoying Alex Jones laps up. Yes, Bush wanted Saddam dead, as we have argued. But we do not believe the Bushites orchestrated the unseemly orgy at his execution, which has only inflamed the sectarian slaughter that is making Iraq ungovernable for the occupation. What started as a divide-and-rule strategy has now taken on a life of its own and is working against the interests of its own authors. On a related point, the neocons are no longer strictly in control (as we have also argued), and whatever the neocons are, they are not “neo-nazis.” Boyle has in the past pointed to legitimate and frightening parallels between the neocons and the Nazis—most obviously in their hubristic visions of remaking the world and their fetish for aggressive war. But a part of the neocons’ hubris is that they think they are spreading democracy. Hitler and the real Nazis had complete contempt for democracy. Failure to grapple with this critical difference—engaging in a sloppy neocon/neo-nazi conflation—will only get us into trouble in several critical areas. First, it will get us dismissed as wingnuts. Second, we’ll miss the boat on how the neocons and their allies appeal (or attempt to appeal) to dissidents in places like Iran, Syria and Lebanon who legitimately hunger for democracy. Finally, it will blind us to the threat of real neo-Nazis—which is a particularly ironic and insidious threat given Alex Jones’ ongoing embrace of the xenophobe right. From Alex Jones’ InfoWars.net, Jan. 5:
Leading Academic: Neo-Nazis Have Signed Us Onto WWIII
Alex Jones was joined on air this week by eminent American Professor, Dr Francis A Boyle, to discuss the current situation in Iraq, the wider implications for International Relations and the ruthless mentality of the Straussian neoconservatives that have seized global power in the twenty first century.
Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and advocate of international law. He was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented Bosnia- Herzegovina at the World Court. Professor Boyle teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign. He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Harvard University.
Dr Boyle began by referring to the event that has shaken up the case for escalation of the war in Iraq and disgusted a great deal of the international community, the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Dr Boyle stressed that he believes that execution was very carefully stage-managed with the intention to deliberately stir up sectarian violence and thus vindicate the Bush strategy of escalation.
“We have to understand that this entire show trial was organised directly out of the White House. It had already been reported, even in the New York Times, that there was a lawyer on the White House staff who was in charge of running the whole thing. They were running this whole show, it was all paid for by the United States.” said Boyle.
“The Death Penalty for him came down just before the November elections, the execution itself, the hanging, lynching, I don’t know what else you’d call it, was designed for political reasons. His execution under these circumstances violated the third Geneva convention of 1949. We had originally designated him as a prisoner of war, which the convention prohibited, setting up this kangaroo court proceeding that was run out of the White House.”
The trial was strictly controlled because had it not been mountains of evidence would have poured forth detailing how criminal elements within the US government brought Saddam to power, maintained him in office, underwrote his tyranny, and rewarded his aggression.
Dr Boyle suggested that the timing of the execution served two purposes, first it was a good way to try and get out of the press the fact that the 3000th dead US soldier in Iraq was fast approaching. Executing Saddam was orchestrated to try and distract public attention according to the Professor.
Secondly Dr Boyle believes the execution was rushed forward in order to intentionally stir up violence in the region and thus provide a pretext to send more troops into the Middle East:
“There is the other factor of deliberately stirring up animosity between the Shia and the and the Sunni, which this lynching was also designed to do.” Boyle said.
Dr Boyle went on to say that National Security Advisors and leading Neocon hawks Elliott Abrams and Stephen Hadley gave the green light to deliberately stir up sectarian tensions, not only in Iraq between the Shia and the Sunni, but also in the Muslim world. So they picked the holiest day, Eid al-Adha, giving the go ahead to lynch Saddam knowing full well that it would stir up tensions all across the Middle East.
“If you look at the wire services today you will see that they have now turned Saddam Hussein into a martyr. Now I’ve done a lot of work in the Arab and Muslim world and prior to this everyone I knew just thought Saddam Hussein was pretty much a butcher. But now they have turned him into a martyr and this is fine as far as the Neoconservative is concerned.” Boyle stated.
He pointed out that the same philosophy is being used today as was used by the United States during the Iran/Iraq war, as Henry Kissinger said, ‘we want them all to kill each other off’.
The globalist power mongers do not want a stable Arab and Muslim world because it would provide for a significant challenge to Western dominance of energy supplies and also diminish the arms industry greatly.
Dr Boyle has intimate knowledge of the mentality of those now running the show as he went through the same PhD program at Harvard as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, and had the same International Relations teacher, Hans Morgenthau, whom many consider to be the father of International Relations as an independent discipline. Dr Boyle stated that when he was 21 years old Morgenthau offered to call up Kissinger and get Boyle a job on his White House Staff, which he declined. Dr Boyle also went to University at the same time as Wolfowitz, Ashcroft and other leading Neocons.
“You have to understand the neocon mentality, as I was saying, I went to the University of Chicago, the home of the neocons, I entered there in 1968 as an undergraduate. Their founder Leo Strauss had just retired from the political science department, but I was trained by his foremost student and protege, co-author and literary executor Joseph Cropsey. So I went right through the entire Neocon Program.” Dr Boyle asserted.
“They are still going forward with their plans to re-carve up the Middle East and re-make it in the neoconservative image. They encouraged the Israel “war”, massacre, whatever you want to call it against Lebanon and Israel’s war massacre against the Palestinians, both this Summer. And now they are planning for a war against Iran, a bombing campaign that very well could turn into world war three. And that would not bother them at all these Neoconservatives, indeed from their perspective how else are they going to retrieve this situation?”
Dr Boyle described the heritage that the neocon elite are carrying on. Basically put they follow the doctrine of Chicago University political stalwart Leo Strauss. Strauss’s mentor in Germany, before he emigrated to the United States, was Carl Schmitt. Carl Schmitt went on to become the most notorious Nazi law professor of that era, justifying every hideous atrocity that the Nazis inflicted on anyone.
“The Neocons, through Strauss, and there is a book here if you are interested by Professor Shadia Drury… the Neocons have been thoroughly schooled in Straussian and Schmittian theory, which is basically Nazi, and these people really are neo-nazis. We have to understand that, and I think people have a difficult time coming to grips with it because it seems so alien to our tradition.
I spent seven years at Harvard getting three degrees after the University of Chicago, and again going through this exact same program that produced Kissinger and Brzezinski, because I wanted to be trained exactly like these people, and think like them, know what they’re up to and hopefully come out and turn it against them.”
The professor believes that what we are seeing now is the endgame, the ‘go for broke’ strategy. These neo-nazis, the neocons from Chicago, and President Bush, who at one point publicly bragged that he had appointed at least twenty Straussian neocons to his administration, are going for world domination and control.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were pre-planned for quite some time, by the Israelis and by the Pentagon. They have been executed to seize and steal at least two thirds of the world’s energy resources, which the power elite plan to hold on to. According to Dr Boyle, this is the future of the world economy, they are not going to give it up.
They understood that if they made this major grab for world power, by launching brutal aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan and perhaps now Iran, if we don’t stop them, and Syria, that there would be massive resistance by the American people.
Dr Boyle compared the current situation to that of the Vietnam war, encouraging peaceful non-violent civil resistance in order to expose the criminals that wish to escalate war purely to make money and gain more power to do as they will.
“Harvard has learned nothing from the Vietnam war, they still train major war criminals and warmongers such as Kissinger, at Harvard today as we speak.
The Strategy all along was to destroy Iraq as a viable nation state, because, if you read Huntington’s Clash Of Civilizations, as he pointed out, Iraq was probably the only Arab nation state that could have provided leadership to the Arab world in a confrontation with the West over the energy supplies. So Iraq had to be destroyed.” Boyle urged.
Dr Boyle elaborates on some of these issues and more in his excellent book Destroying World Order: U.S. Imperialism in the Middle East Before and After September 11th.
Oh, and on another point, this isn’t World War III, it’s World War 4.
See our last post on Iraq and the politics of the GWOT.
See also our last post on the inevitable World War II analogy.