Aljazeera host of “Counting The Cost” Adrian Finighan
“….in 2021 Berlin acknowledged committing genocide in Namibia”
“..shouldn’t a country responsible for two genocides be actively looking to prevent a third?”
“Absolutely Adrian I cannot agree more with you….
…..particularly problematic is the way that they framed South Africa’s complaint as an instrumentalization of the international court of justice. Which means basically it [Germany] thinks it’s an illegitimate suit, it’s something that should not happen.
After all we’ve heard during the pleadings in the past days last week. That is quite a strong statement. Therefore, I’m absolutely not surprised by the reaction on the on the side of Namibia”
Namibia has requested that Germany withdraw their intervention in support of Israel at the World Court, You would have thought that Germany would be the last country that should be trying to stop a court case into genocide.
The people of Namibia suffered a genocide at the hands of the German colonial empire. Germany has admitted to it. Germany has zero right to be supporting the slaughter of another indigenous people, at the hand of another occupying colonial power.
32 states intervened in the case of Ukraine vs. Russia, to argue the merits of Ukraine’s case against Russia alleging Ukraine committed genocide in the Donbas.
But only one state, Germany, has so far put its name down to intervene in support of Israel at the United Nations International Court of Justice, the ICJ, also known as the World Court. Not even the US, Israel’s biggest backer, has put their hand up to support Israel in court.
Why is that?
The last gasp of the British Empire was the Suez Crisis. After that the US became the dominant Western imperialist power in the region. Israel became US imperialism’s unsinkable aircraft carrier threatening any Arab country that dared step out of line.
While the victorious super powers were squabbling over the spoils of war, what about the defeated imperialist powers Germany, Italy, Japan? They became junior partners to the new global hegemon.
When you can’t do dirty work yourself you get someone else to do it.
Patrick O’Dea is a staunch Unionist and human rights activist