„Those who follow orders to commit such crimes will be found and they will be punished. War crimes will be prosecuted. And it will be no excuse to say, 'I was just following orders.' Any official involved in such crimes will forfeit hope of amnesty or leniency with respect to past action.“

Pentagon briefing, March 20, 2003 http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=2072
2000s

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Donald Rumsfeld5
US-amerikanischer Politiker 1932

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„An individual may, indeed, forfeit his liberty by a crime; but he cannot by that crime forfeit the liberty of his children.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

September 23, 1777, p. 363
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Vol III
Kontext: It must be agreed that in most ages many countries have had part of their inhabitants in a state of slavery; yet it may be doubted whether slavery can ever be supposed the natural condition of man. It is impossible not to conceive that men in their original state were equal; and very difficult to imagine how one would be subjected to another but by violent compulsion. An individual may, indeed, forfeit his liberty by a crime; but he cannot by that crime forfeit the liberty of his children.

Jiddu Krishnamurti Foto

„All these people try to excuse their brutality by saying that it is the custom; but a crime does not cease to be a crime because many commit it. Karma takes no account of custom; and the karma of cruelty is the most terrible of all.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

§ IV
1910s, At the Feet of the Master (1911)
Kontext: Then as to cruelty. This is of two kinds, intentional and unintentional. Intentional cruelty is purposely to give pain to another living being; and that is the greatest of all sins — the work of a devil rather than a man. You would say that no man could do such a thing; but men have done it often, and are daily doing it now. The inquisitors did it; many religious people did it in the name of their religion. Vivisectors do it; many schoolmasters do it habitually. All these people try to excuse their brutality by saying that it is the custom; but a crime does not cease to be a crime because many commit it. Karma takes no account of custom; and the karma of cruelty is the most terrible of all.

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„…I have committed numerous crimes, and know not with what punishments I may be seized…“

—  Aurangzeb Sixth Mughal Emperor 1618 - 1707

To Kaum Buksh Also in Sources of Indian Traditions: Modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh https://books.google.com/books?id=w8qJAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA4 p. 4 Also in Imperial Identity in Mughal Empire: Memory and Dynastic Politics in Early Modern Central Asia https://books.google.com/books?id=7PS6PrH3rtkC&pg=PA134 p. 134 Also in The Rajpoot Tribes Vol.2 by Charles Metcalfe, p. 305
Quotes from late medieval histories

Wilkie Collins Foto

„War crimes are only committed by defeated powers.“

—  Kevin Carson American academic 1963

But as the Nazis learned in 1945, unemployed war criminals can usually find work with the new hegemonic power.
"The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Capitalism As a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege" (2011)

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„For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

Quelle: Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

W. S. Gilbert Foto

„My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time—
To let the punishment fit the crime,
The punishment fit the crime.“

—  W. S. Gilbert English librettist of the Gilbert & Sullivan duo 1836 - 1911

The Mikado (1885)

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„The law which attempts a man's life [capital punishment] is impractical, unjust, inadmissible. It has never repressed crime—for a second crime is every day committed at the foot of the scaffold.“

—  Marquis de Sade, Die Philosophie im Boudoir

Yet Another Effort, Frenchmen, If You Would Become Republicans
Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795)

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„Those who sell or facilitate weapons to individuals that will commit human rights violations know that they have responsibility for the death and misery caused by those weapons and at some stage may be liable to face the International Criminal Court for complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.“

—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947

2013, UN rights expert hails Arms Trade Treaty and urges States to do more to also regulate production http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13207&LangID=E.
2013

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„It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement (1967)
Kontext: A profound judgment of today's riots was expressed by Victor Hugo a century ago. He said, 'If a soul is left in the darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.' / The policymakers of the white society have caused the darkness; they create discrimination; they structured slums; and they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance and poverty. It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also demand that the white man abide by law in the ghettos.

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„A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848)

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Mahendra Chaudhry Foto

„It is wrong for others to be asking for forgiveness on behalf of those who had committed the crime because it is not right.“

—  Mahendra Chaudhry Fijian politician 1942

29 June 2005
Opposition to the proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission

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„Torture is not tolerated by this country on the battlefield or off. Anyone who tortures or abuses a detainee tarnishes the service of every honorable student and soldier in this room today. The President has said this, and I will say it again: those who commit torture in the name of the United States government will be prosecuted. In any discussion of Guantanamo, detainees and military commissions, I think that one final fact helps put things in perspective — and that is the fact that members of al Qaeda are not merely common criminals. Some critics around the world have argued that they are “just” criminals, that their crimes somehow do not amount to war crimes. But here are the facts: al Qaeda seeks to employ weapons of mass slaughter as a means of achieving political goals against both the civilian and military capacity of the United States, Europe, and our allies throughout the world. Its members continue to fight our Armed Forces on battlefields around the world, and they will continue to do so until we stop them. Al Qaeda has committed acts on a scale that transcends mere crime, as recognized by NATO immediately after the attacks of September 11th. Their crimes are therefore nothing less than war crimes. Given the magnitude of the atrocities al Qaeda has committed, there can be no comparison between the crimes of its members and that of common civilian criminals.“

—  Alberto Gonzales 80th United States Attorney General 1955

Speech regarding Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism (November 20, 2006)

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„The invasion of Iraq was simply a war crime. Straight-out war crime.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

Quotes 2000s, 2004, Interview by Bill Maher, 2004

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