A message to Israeli, U.S. and NATO Soldiers and Pilots

 - “disobey unlawful orders, abandon the battlefield”

Principle IV of the Nuremberg Charter defines the responsibility of combatants to refuse the orders of Government or a superior

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky


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Author’s Note

It is not through “negotiations” with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Biden, both of whom are responsible for “crimes punishable under International Law” that we will be able to put an end to the genocidal attack against the People of Palestine. 

ليس من خلال “المفاوضات” مع رئيس الوزراء نتنياهو والرئيس بايدن، وكلاهما مسؤول عن “الجرائم التي يعاقب عليها القانون الدولي” سنكون قادرين على وضع حد لهجوم الإبادة الجماعية ضد شعب فلسطين.

What is required is a campaign which enables Israeli, U.S. and NATO combatants To Disobey Unlawful Orders” and “Abandon the Battlefield”.

المطلوب هو حملة تمكن المقاتلين الإسرائيليين والأمريكيين وحلف شمال الأطلسي من عصيان الأوامر غير القانونية” و”التخلي عن ساحة المعركة”.

Principle IV of the Nuremberg Charter  defines the responsibility of combatants to refuse the orders of Government or a superior … “provided a moral choice [is] possible“. 

يحدد المبدأ الرابع من ميثاق نورمبرغ مسؤولية المقاتلين عن رفض أوامر الحكومة أو الرئيس … “شريطة أن يكون الخيار الأخلاقي ممكنا”.

What is required is to initiate a campaign in Israel and Worldwide to make that “moral choice” possible, to enable enlisted Israeli, American, and NATO service men and women to “Abandon the Battlefield”. 

ما هو مطلوب هو بدء حملة في إسرائيل وفي جميع أنحاء العالم لجعل هذا “الخيار الأخلاقي” ممكنا، لتمكين رجال ونساء الخدمة الإسرائيليين والأمريكيين وحلف شمال الأطلسي من “التخلي عن ساحة المعركة”.

See details below, with reference to legal documents. 

A.I. translation into Arabic

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, December 27, 2023


Let us have tears to our eyes in solidarity with the People of Palestine, in building a Christmas mass movement worldwide, which confronts the ongoing mass slaughter before our very eyes. 

Let us recall the Christmas Truce of 1914, 109 years ago this Christmas Eve:

“Something happened in the early months of the “War to End All Wars” that put a tiny little blip of hope in the historical timeline of the organized mass slaughter that is war. The event was regarded by the professional military officer class to be so profound and so important (and so disturbing) that strategies were immediately put in place that would ensure that such an event could never happen again.” (Dr. Gary G. Kohls)

“The ordinary soldiers developed more and more antipathy and even hatred toward their own officers. Simultaneously, they started to empathize and even sympathize for the men facing them on the far side of the no man’s land.

The authorities condemned and prohibited all forms of fraternization and “live-and-let-live” in general. The officers sometimes put snipers to work when they suspected that fraternizations “threatened” to take place. 

The men learned in many ways that the official enemy was in fact not the real enemy, that the soldiers on the other side were human beings just like themselves.” (Dr. Jacques Pauwels, Excerpt from his book)

The Power of Peace in the Time of War (1914): Let It Happen Again (2023)

Today, we are “fraternizing” and acting in solidarity worldwide with the People of Palestine against the hegemonic agenda of the U.S. and it allies  which are waging an all-out war against humanity. 

اليوم، نحن “نتأخى” ونعمل تضامنا في جميع أنحاء العالم مع شعب فلسطين ضد أجندة الهيمنة للولايات المتحدة وحلفائها الذين يشنون حربا شاملة ضد الإنسانية.

Crimes Against the Peace, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

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Both Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu as well as President Joe Biden are responsible for “war crimes”, “crimes against peace” and “crimes against humanity” as defined under Principle VI of the Nuremberg Charter

The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:

(a) Crimes against peace:

(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

(b)  War crimes:

Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill- treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

(c)  Crimes against humanity:

Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are

Disobey Unlawful Orders, Abandon the Battlefield 

According to Principle IV of the Nuremberg Charter:

“The fact that a person [e.g. Israeli, U.S.soldiers, pilots]  acted pursuant to order of his [her] Government or of a superior does not relieve him [her] from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him [her].”

Let us make that  “moral choice” possible, to enlisted Israeli, American, and NATO service men and women.

Disobey unlawful orders! Abandon the battlefield! … Refuse to fight in a war which violates Nuremberg Principle VI, The U.N. Charter and The Geneva Convention.  

Let us call upon Israeli and American soldiers and pilots “to abandon the battlefield”, as an act of refusal to participate in a criminal undertaking against the People of Gaza.

Let the World War I “Power of Peace in the Time of War” “Happen again”.

Confront corrupt politicians. 

The Tears in Your Eyes

May the tears of humanity in your eyes in December 2023 be conducive to a worldwide movement to abolish  and “criminalize all wars.”

Let us break the insidious narrative of a handful of Wall Street billionaires who finance America’s “humanitarian wars”, unseat  the West’s “Classe politique” and establish the foundations of “real democracy by the people for the people.”

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, December 23, 2023

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By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.

He has undertaken field research in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific and has written extensively on the economies of developing countries with a focus on poverty and social inequality. He has also undertaken research in Health Economics (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),  UNFPA, CIDA, WHO, Government of Venezuela, John Hopkins International Journal of Health Services (1979, 1983)

He is the author of twelve books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005),  The Globalization of War, America’s Long War against Humanity (2015).

He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO’s war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at [email protected]

See Michel Chossudovsky, Biographical Note

Michel Chossudovsky’s Articles on Global Research

(Source: globalresearch.ca; December 29, 2023; https://tinyurl.com/ynffgb7q)
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