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Monday, January 06, 2020

John Bellinger: Although the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which makes intentional attacks on historic monuments a war crime, the United States is a party to the 1954 Hague Convention on Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which the Senate approved in September 2008, when I was legal adviser.

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Taliban Trump doesn't value others' culture.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-06 09:07 PM | Reply

John Bellinger: Although the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which makes intentional attacks on historic monuments a war crime

And John Belinger's point is? I do remember when Taliban destroyed the two giant carved statues Buddhas in Afghanistan on orders of Mullah Mohammed Omar in 2001.

So Trump is like Mullah Omar? If the shoe fits...

BTW, are his real estate properties considered to be cultural sites or not?

#2 | Posted by CutiePie at 2020-01-06 10:01 PM | Reply

I'd say they are fair game. It's not the government's job to protect his properties.

#3 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-01-06 10:12 PM | Reply

Taliban Trump doesn't value others' culture.

donald has no idea what culture is. Same goes for taste.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-01-06 11:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Strangely enough, Trump saying he would hit cultural sites might actually protect them.

Remember ISIS and their own destructive rampage against historical sites?

Is there a better place to hide something than a place your enemy promises to leave alone?

Saying cultural sites are on the table doesn't mean they will be the first to get hit.

But...at least they know they can't use them as a shield.

#5 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-01-07 03:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A shame the Twin Towers and Petagon weren't cultural sites ...

#6 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2020-01-07 03:49 AM | Reply

BILL JOHNSON

You're giving Trump way to much credit. He's a sociopath who cannot feel empathy not does he have any respect for the Rules of Combat. Trump is a snake in the grass who wouldn't give a second thought to destroying cultural sites in Iran if he thought demoralizing the population would give him an edge.

Of course, we all know that Trump is mentally and intellectually unfit (too stupid) to 'Commander-in-Chief' a war. Best case scenario is that the Pentagon itself, aware of the legality, would refuse to follow such an order.

As it is, Trump is feeling the blowback and is already looking for a scapegoat to cover his ass for his own bad judgment to assassinate an Iranian Military Commander. Chances are he's going to blame the Pentagon for giving him bad advice . . . . or convolute some way to blame Obama's historical record as a precedent.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-07 03:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Twinpac,

"You're giving Trump way to much credit."

I'm not giving anyone credit.

I am stating a fact.

As they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

#8 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-01-07 04:02 AM | Reply

BILL JOHNSON

"Strangely enough, Trump saying he would hit cultural sites might actually protect them."

And I'm saying he's not that deep a thinker.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-07 04:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Strangely enough, Trump saying he would hit cultural sites might actually protect them."

Remember when we burned villages in order to save them?

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-07 08:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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donald has no idea what culture is. Same goes for taste.

#4 | POSTED BY REDIAL

No kidding.

Steaks well done?

To hell with Ukrainegate, cooking and eating steaks well done is clearly impeachable and should probably warrant capital punishment.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-07 08:42 AM | Reply

What does the Hague convention say about "cultural sites" near military targets? What's to stop a regime from declare everything "culturally significant". Green Marxists use this tactic to prevent necessary infrastructure development here at home.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-01-07 09:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Green Marxists use this tactic to prevent necessary infrastructure development here at home.

#12 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Yep. Trailer parks become "cultural sites" when convenient for these loons.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-07 09:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wealthy progressives in San Francisco use historical preservation laws to prevent construction of homeless shelters and affordable housing.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-07 09:09 AM | Reply

Wealthy progressives in San Francisco use historical preservation laws to prevent construction of homeless shelters and affordable housing.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-07 09:09 AM | Reply

The obvious solution is to bomb historical sites in San Francisco.

#15 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-07 09:11 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"hit cultural sites might actually protect them"

Your favorite humanitarian might be Kim Jung Un?

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-07 03:49 PM | Reply

Meh. Nathan's Famous - Coney Island and Mann's Chinese Theater are both American cultural sites and deserve no special protection. People are conflating historical site with cultural site.

#17 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-01-07 05:56 PM | Reply

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