Sunday, April 29, 2018

Does Donald Trump Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

Donald Trump is taking credit for the historic handshake between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In, and happy to hear several members of the media question whether this will lead to a Nobel Peace Prize. He is now even more firmly under the illusion that his maximum pressure tactics succeed, and now Secretary of State Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia encouraging the Saudis to join them in putting pressure on Iran.

Can his maximum pressure policy lead to peace? 

People who have been dragged into a war lack the principle of equality. The first requirement for conflict resolution is that both sides must be considered equal. If you consider a court case to be like a mini- war, for a fair trial, both sides must be equal under the law. 

Trump's policy of maximum pressure is based on the premise that he is more important than others, including Kim Jong Un and North Korea, and Bashar Al Assad and Syria, and Iran, and therefore, he believes he has the right to put them down. This doesn't lead to peace. It leads to perpetual wars. 

An example of that is Iraq. It can be considered an example of maximum pressure.

George HW Bush waged war on Saddam Hussein, and that set the stage for George W. Bush to judge Saddam Hussein to be Axis of Evil. The conflict devolved not as a war, but as a genocide, and it is still going on today. People who have been dragged into a genocide lack their unalienable rights. 

Before the US Constitution can be used as the basis for the international legal system, laws and practices that cause chaos in our legal system must be purified to prevent the chaos from spreading onto the international level. Our first step is to address a misunderstanding. Many people see two levels to our legal system--constitutional law and federal laws--and omit Universal Law. There are always three levels in the Universe--the principles, the power and the project. When you leave out Universal Law, you leave out the seven principles of equality, liberty, freedom, compassion, abundance, capacity and tolerance. Governments can justify laws and practices that are based on power games that are oppressive to the people. 

The Iraq War was considered constitutional, but it went against Universal Law. It was an unlawful war, and because it was based on a sense of judgment, it devolved as a genocide. It deprived the Iraqi people their unalienable rights, and because the US government did that, now we are losing our rights. To get them back again, we must now stop playing the power games and guarantee our unalienable rights granted to us by our Creator to everyone person on the planet.

The policy of preemption goes against the premise that someone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is failed policy. The policy of maximum pressure doesn't treat both sides fairly and equally, and it is also failed policy.