In case you need to collect your thoughts, in light of what has recently transpired in
Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, London, Wall Street, and several points of im-
pact in between, the following reminder might help:
You don't need to be apprehensive if you start hearing the name Nuremberg pop up,
in the course of political conversations. However, you might hear the phrase, Inter-
national Criminal Court instead, as well as the World Court or the name of the
deposed head of state being tried in a makeshift court of law. It's just that Nurem-
berg is representative of any legal venue designed to hold to accountability those
who have been in power and hideously abused their power.
Mention of Nuremberg is NOT a call to lynchings, in case you're wondering. It's a
call for educated people, as well as those with a conscience not as widely educated,
to put broken societies back together, including financial restitution to those abused.
Concerning putting civilization back into a state of decency, a conscience is far more
important than an education. You can always learn. It takes an act of God to get
you a conscience, if you haven't got one.
Nuremberg was technically known as the International Military Tribunal. Yet,
civilians were tried there, such the management of Krupps Industries. The charter
addressed three categories of crime:
(1) Crimes against the Peace, as in wars of aggression.
(2) Violations of the Laws, Rules, and Customs of War, once a war has begun.
(3) Crimes against Humanity, otherwise known as Crimes against Civilians.
The defendants, of course, had to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and
they got to fully state their defenses, while calling their choice of witnesses. In fact,
there wasn't a 100% conviction rate at Nuremberg and sentences were even com-
muted. All in all, the mention of Nuremberg is not a call to rioting or lynching. It's
the exact opposite. Nuremberg was a very civilized event. It was no Abu Ghraib.
At Nuremberg, the central question was if whether or not the court was judicially
prosecuting ex post facto laws which happens to forbidden in America, pursuant
to the American constitution. Well, the conclusion was that there are laws already
embedded in human nature that can never be abrogated by any nation and then re-
placed with criminal conduct. No nation has the right to promulgate criminal activ-
ity as the law of the land. In the end, the theme of all Nuremberg-type trials is this:
The dignity and value of each single solitary human life.
Venues designed to hold power abusers accountable included the World Court in
Rome, the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, the Noriega Trials, the
Tokyo Trials, Andersonville, the Cromwell Regicide Trials, etc. In as much, the
Nuremberg trials aren't something archaic. Such a trial started in Egypt as recent-
ly as this past August. In fact, in the United States Constitution, there is something
known as the Aliens Tort Claims Act which financially holds accountable foreign
power abusers. Such a civil action falls into United States jurisdiction whenever
a foreign victim of such an abuser makes it to United States territory.
It was originally designed as the High Seas Piracy Act. But, it encompasses much
more than piracy. Such cases are part of Federal Jurisdiction, and they are civil
cases, not criminal ones. Thus, the victims of American corporations overseas have
recourse to American courts. However, a severe problem occurs when you get a
corrupt or deliberately prejudicial judge, looking to serve American corporations.
Now, the first sign of a reasonable and sufficiently educated political scientist, econ-
omist, and even activist is the mention of any such trial. The people you need to be
wary of are those who never mention such "venues of redress," all the while leaving
the door open for rioting and lynching ... and in the case of Rick Perry, this would
include seceding from the Union. In Nuremberg-type trials, new information comes
out and closure results. In such trials, you get to look, perceive, and then make an
At Nuremberg there was NO water-boarding. At Nuremberg, enemy combatants
were NOT walked around, on dog leashes. At Nuremberg, there were no broken
store front windows and no nighttime looting. There was paperwork and analysts,
along with well dressed military guards. This means that Nuremberg was civilized.
Furthermore, at Nuremberg there was no crowd of nearly illiterate people named
Jim-Bob, Earl, and Billy Bob hanging black men from trees, while donned in white
hooded ghost costumes. Therefore, Nuremberg means civility ... not the opposite.
The point to Nuremberg-type trials is to make sure that the crimes being addressed
don't happen in the future on the scale in which they occurred in the past.
At Nuremberg, it got to the point where entire groups were put on trial and then
publicly condemned as illegal groups that had no right to operate. Know that the
only reason why entire groups were tried was because of the lack of judges, the
lack of prosecutors, and the large size of these Nazi German groups. There were
too many defendants for the judges to try one person at a time.
During the end of the Reagan years, at the second half of the Clinton years, and
throughout the entire Bush and Obama years, American corporations have been
profiting from crimes against civilians overseas. Now, mankind is a rational ani-
mal, endowed with a sense of compassion, when it's not crushed by avarice and
lust. So, a Nuremberg-type destiny is inevitable for the present and recent heads
of corporate America. After all, when a person invades a home, to commit rape,
murder, and grand larceny, is society to say, "Oh well. Can't do anything about
it." ??? Of course not. Are you aware of how many lives these corporate tyr-
ants ruined in one way or another? This includes people in the United States who
lost homes and livable wage jobs, because of industries moving to the low-waged
A sex abuse victim once let me know why clergy abuse victims don't forget about
their molestations. She stated that it was because the priests were never held to any
form of accountability, and that tormented the sex abuse victims. A Nuremberg-type
trial brings closure. After all, should we have said to the Nazis, "Hey. Keep all that
artwork. We don't care. Oh, and all that gold from the Jews, hey, it's on us.
Go enjoy it." Well, in being silent about the crimes of big business, we are saying
the exact same thing.
Concerning the egress of industry to sweatshop nations, Americans wear shoes and
clothes habitually. Therefore, shoes and clothing should be made in a nation as large
as America. Americans watch TV and listen to the radio. TV's and radios should
be made in a nation as large as a continent. Much more should be Made in Ameri-
For the record, international relations and international trade are very important.
But, the trade must be with nations whose workers can afford to buy an occasion-
al American product. Buying foreign is fine, if foreign buys American in return.
Concerning those nations that don't but American, its people need liberated, just as
the French needed liberated in 1944, 43, 42, 41, and 40. The United States used
to be a nation of liberators. It is now run by those who enslaver others. By the way,
enslavement was a criminal count under Nuremberg jurisdiction.
The difference between Nazi Germany and Sweatshop Profiteer America is that
Paraguay and Uruguay are a lot closer to the U.S. than to Europe, and there will
probably not be the Ratlines in the near future that were in existence shortly after
WWII. Thus, the criminals can't run and hide as easily. Plus, world history taught
mankind the mode in which fleeing criminals operate. This means that we're already
on to them. Moreover, the first maneuver will be asset seizure. The goal will be to
pick up the pieces of civilization that these corporate heads destroyed, and put them
Nuremberg people are against mob violence. That's why they advocate trials and
not mob riots. So, take time to assess things in the near future. There is a small
cadre of pathological misers who want all the money and all the power. They do
not feel other people's pain. Rather, they cause it. There are two traits required
for one to be a great leader, as opposed to a power abuser: One is Passion and
the other trait is Compassion. The one who can feel your pain is a good leader.
The one who lived your pain is the greater leader. For the past thirty years, much
of the world has been run by those who caused your pain.