The Nuremburg principle and the right to rebel!!!

28 Nov

One of the most important things that came out of the Anti Facist resistance that lead to the collapse of Nazism and gave renewed energy to the anti collonialist struggles aroud the world was The Nuremburg trials.

What was beutiful about the Nuremburg trials was the legal international precedence that saying “I was told to” is not an excuse. In other words those who live in unjust societies not only have the option of disobeying an unjust order, BUT HAVE A DUTY to do this. This is not Julian ranting this is international law.

Looking at todays society and applying the nuremburg principle, one must first examine of our society is unjust. Given the fact that it was built on genocide, the political parties that formulated this genocide are still in power, and the indigenous peoples of this land have had and still have there culture language and heritage destroyed, against laws on Genocide then the answer is yes. Given that the physical genocide still continues with third world like conditions on the rez, urban violence and poverty in urban centres and paramilitary assaults out west at Gustofsan Lake etc. Then the answer is yes.

Looking at the living conditions of the homeless working poor and exploited and the number of workplace injuries and deaths then the answer is yes.

Given the treatment of immigrants and visible minorities at the hands of police, the state and prisons then the answer is yes.

Finally if you are one of those people who only cares about when it happeneds to white people then remember the g20 where the state violence was nothing compared to what the oppressed feel everyday.

Primo Levi, one of my favourite writers talked about how Never Again was just becoming a slogan because it did happenned again in Vietnam , cambodia etc. If one looks around at the violence waged against the peoples of the third world in virtually every country because of the imperialists one sees that Never Again will be an empty slogan until people practise the nuremburg principles THE DUTY TO DISOBEY AND RESIST INJUSTICE.

The state is trying to confound us with there false dicotomy of violence vs non violence, addict vs non addict etc.

The nuremburg courts didnt have discusions of tactics etc. those were internal discussions of movements. They asked a simple question what did you do to stop the murder and genocide going on. I want to be able to tell my grandkids who will live in a more just society that when imperialist war and genocide was taking place I fought tooth and nail!!!!!!!!

2 Responses to “The Nuremburg principle and the right to rebel!!!”

  1. BJ December 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    I would recommend “Every Man Dies Alone” by Hans Fallada if you haven’t already read it.
    Primo Levi said it is “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”
    It’s available at the Kitchener Public Library.

  2. julian ichim December 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I will get it as soon as i have a chance, always looking for good reading material.

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