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U.S. rejects UN expert report calling Qasem Soleimani killing ‘unlawful’

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Posted By: Moritz55, 7/10/2020 2:51:20 PM

A United Nations expert’s report calling the January U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people a violation of international law is being called “spurious” by U.S. officials, who continue to defend the deadly operation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Thursday that the Trump administration rejects the report, which was presented to the Human Rights Council earlier that day by Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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Was there the same kind of outcry when Bin Laden was taken out? Would there be the same kind of outcry if Obama had issued the hit on Soleimani?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 7/10/2020 2:54:06 PM (No. 473720)
"Expert" There's that word again. Seems to be a headline writer's favorite word. Are "experts" grown on a farm somewhere?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone 7/10/2020 3:27:44 PM (No. 473751)
When a foreign general gives explosives to terrorist entities that then go about using those explosives to kill about 600 members of the US military, that general should keep in mind that the USA considers him a legitimate drone strike target, no matter what some third country citizen claims. In other words if you are not at war with the USA, you should lay off attacking and killing US military members.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232 7/10/2020 3:28:23 PM (No. 473754)
"Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over Soleimani’s killing and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on June 29, according to the semi-official Fars news agency." Is there any doubt that a Biden administration wouldn't extradite Trump to Iran, given the opportunity?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney 7/10/2020 3:34:03 PM (No. 473761)
Does the UN expert have a position on Soleimani killing U.S. troops? No, but that is why he is dead. Why "expert"? Expert at what? The term expert has been diluted to meaningless status.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: john56 7/10/2020 3:46:09 PM (No. 473773)
Oh, No! The horrors! I'm really worried that the UN might decide to sanction the United States and threaten to move their headquarters out of New York City. (I'm reminded of the US assistant ambassador under Pres Reagan, who when some other foreign UN delegates threatened to move to UN from NYC, remarked that "The American Delegation will be at the docks, cordially wishing you safe travels." or something like that.)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: JL80863 7/10/2020 4:20:23 PM (No. 473835)
Someone aught to do a survey on how many of us would have loved to be able to push the button to launch the Hellfire. I have had some association with that munition since the early 70's. Love the name "Hellfire". It would like to see the new version named "Swift Sword" after the phrase in the Battle Hymn of the Republic: God's terrible swift sword...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: grampus 7/10/2020 4:34:35 PM (No. 473848)
Can't remember if I commented on this site when the drone strike occurred in January, but anyone having read "A Deniable Death" would have been interested, if not astonished, when considering some of the basic similarities between reality and fiction.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: learner 7/10/2020 4:39:10 PM (No. 473854)
Considering that the UNHRC has actual states that abuse Human Rights on a daily basis. To lend them any gravitas or veritas is the height of perversity. How Ironic? The Country of Mauritania, on the UNHRC, has 20% of their population as actual slaves. No human rights issues there then!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: john56 7/10/2020 5:04:15 PM (No. 473874)
I found the quote ... it was from Charles Lichtenstein, the American alternate representative for special political affairs to the United Nations. During the debate over the Russian shoot down of KAL Flight 007 in 1983, Lichenstein is best remembered for comments he made following the Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, after which the states of New York and New Jersey denied Soviet Aircraft permission to land, in violation of the United Nations Charter that requires the host nation to allow all member countries access to the UN. The United States [Federal Government], which opposed the [New York and New Jersey] legislation, offered the Soviet Union landing rights at a military base so its foreign minister, Andrei A. Gromyko, could fly in for the General Assembly meeting. But the Soviets refused. When the United Nations committee met to review the situation, the Soviet delegate, Igor I. Yakovlev, said the ban on landing "raises the question of whether the United Nations should be in the United States." A furious Mr. Lichenstein replied that if member states felt "they are not being treated with the hostly consideration that is their due," they should consider "removing themselves and this organization from the soil of the United States. We will put no impediment in your way," he continued, "The members of the U.S. mission to the United Nations will be down at the dockside waving you a fond farewell as you sail off into the sunset."
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Reply 10 - Posted by: red1066 7/10/2020 5:13:55 PM (No. 473889)
Did the U.N. ever speak up about the victims of Qassemoto?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starboard_side 7/10/2020 5:15:16 PM (No. 473892)
Was he invited by the Iraqi government to be in their country? Keep in mind, he was in charge of Iran's military actions in Syria and Iraq.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Shmowry1 7/10/2020 5:28:13 PM (No. 473913)
UN Expert. Ha. There is an oxymoron for you.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Venturer 7/10/2020 5:29:35 PM (No. 473916)
What difference does it make-------------------he is dead.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Lawsy0 7/10/2020 6:49:39 PM (No. 473988)
Technically speaking, he needed killing.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 7/10/2020 8:01:42 PM (No. 474032)
#6, or Fateful Lightning....would be s good drone weapon.
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