#88 Danite - democracy and obedience - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bor de Wolf
    • 27.08.06 | 09:00 (IDT)

    "While it is the moral duty of every person to refuse the authority of illegitmate power,in a democracy the military is subsevient to the military.Hitlers Germany was not a constitutional democracy under the rule of a law" - Danite I guess you mean "in a democracy the military is subservient to the politicians". Or to the people. Anyway - you have totally missed the point. That our politicans once every four or so years are elected by the people does not absolve them from their own responsibility. That a general is ordered by his president to carry out an attack does not absolve him from his own responsibility. That responsibility is to not commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes in general. If Bush were to order tomorrow to drop an A-bomb on Amsterdam, then Bush, the general who relayed the order, and the pilot all three are responsible for that crime. The general and the pilot cannot hide behide the infamous "Befehl ist Befehl". The fact that the US is a democracy is totally irrelevant. I only cited Nuremberg because that was the first time these principles were laid out. Since, they have been incorporated as principles in international law.

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    First published 00:00 25.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 25.08.06
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