Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Review : Lawless World by Philippe Sands QC

Lawless World: The whistle-blowing account of how Bush and Blair are taking the law into their own hands By Philippe Sands QC
Reviewed by Sean Badal

I’d like to have a quiet world with Philippe Sands, QC. The title is a bit of a misnomer. It gives people (like me) the impression that the book is an unravelling of all the lies that those two warmongers entangled themselves in, in order to wage war on the people of Iraq.

Between the covers, it’s actually quite a measured and thoughtful analysis of how international law has been bent, twisted and flagrantly perverted, first by the US and now Great Britain.

Starting in 1945, the author illustrates how the Western powers, realising that their empires were at end, and that the natives were going to take over, colluded to create a set of “international” rules and regulations that were - surprise – mostly in their favour. These were largely based on trade and investment and Sands argues that the vast tapestry of laws created in the 1960s have served largely to underpin global neo-liberal economic policies, the effects of which we are feeling today. He explains in forensic detail exactly how skewered they are in favour of Western interests. He exposes free trade for what it is, a sham perpetuated on the poorer nations of the world to further mire them into debt and obligation.

As for the war on Irag, well it’s kind of depressing raking over the ashes again. We all know how those two moronic thugs lied wholesale to the people who elected them, and to the world, in order to start up this slaughter in the Middle East.

Sands demonstrates how Blair, Bush and their acolytes peddle in half-truths and deception, how the British attorney-general Lord Goldsmith concocted his dreary assessment on the case for war. It makes for shameful reading and if there was any justice in this world, all these people ought to be strung up – preferably with piano wire.

Title: Lawless World: The whistle-blowing account of how Bush and Blair are taking the law into their own hands
Author: Philippe Sands QC
ISBN: 0713997923

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