Trump is guilty of crimes against humanity. Enough is enough. Let’s call a spade a spade.
As record-breaking Hurricane Irma devastates islands in the Caribbean and heads towards Florida, as Houston reels under the impact of Hurricane Harvey, as forest fires rage through the drought-stricken west coast of the US, not to mention massive flooding around the world, Trump stands up in front of oil workers in a North Dakota refinery and boasts about quitting the Paris climate deal and giving the go-ahead for several major oil pipelines. He has just condemned 800,000 young Americans who have never known another country than the US to be deported. And is on the verge of waging nuclear war with North Korea. And there is so much more.
People say Trump is crazy. He may well be. He certainly seems to speak and act erratically with cruelty and determination without much consideration for the impact. But calling someone crazy tends to imply they are not responsible for their acts. Let’s call a spade a spade. Trump is a criminal and his crime is against humanity. His acts, for example in the case of climate breakdown, cause death and destruction not only in the US but around the world and may well condemn us all whether the disaster be climate-driven or nuclear.
But do his acts constitute crimes against humanity? According to the Rome Statute of the Internal Criminal Court, it encompasses a list of crimes carried out on a wide scale including murder, rape, mass deportation, torture, persecution,… Ending with a final category: Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.
Trump and his team of hand-picked monsters have, amongst other things, sought to (in alphabetical order):
- Condone and encourage police violence especially against people of colour and other ethnic origins
- Curb people’s rights to protest
- Curtail women’s reproductive rights
- Deport 800,000 young American immigrants
- Diminish the rights of workers to protection and safety
- Grant enormous advantages to the super rich while depriving the poor and marginalised
- Limit access to health care for the poor, elderly and needy
- Refuse entry to the US on the basis of ethnicity or religious beliefs
- Spread racial hatred and division while refusing to condemn violent neo-nazi demonstrations
- Threaten nuclear war against a bellicose country that the US and its allies have been provoking militarily for years
- Undermine the freedom of the press, repeatedly treating critical media as untruthful while continually lying themselves
- Withdraw from concerted worldwide efforts to combat climate breakdown at a critical moment in the evolution of climate change while reinstating or encouraging the spread of fossil fuel use
Why don’t the other branches of the American democratic system stand up and say “No! Enough!” There is little hope from Senate or Congress, many of whose elected members, in what appears to be a lack of political will if not downright fawning and cowardice, will not move against the president partly out of fear of toppling long-standing institutions, but mainly out of vested interests. The highest echelons of the justice system have been appointed by Trump and his minions although some judges continue to sanction their excesses, The main hope comes from the rise of cities and some states across the country that take a concerted stand against Trump and his gang (See Juan Gonzalez new book Reclaiming Gotham), and the activism of a part of the American people who do not hesitate to put their lives in danger by protesting against Trump.
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Photo source: The Guardian, Reuters.
Robert Mackey, The Intercept | Trump and Putin Could Form Axis of Mass Destruction on Climate, French Minister Fears
Juan Gonzalez, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, The New Press, Oct 2017.