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MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – The United States is moving towards war with Syria, a senior Russian lawmaker said Sunday lashing President Barack Obama as “clone” of George W. Bush in his drive for war.

“Obama is restlessly heading towards war in Syria like Bush was heading towards war in Iraq. Like in Iraq, this war would be illegitimate and Obama will become Bush’s clone,” Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian lower house’s international committee, said on Twitter.

His remarks came after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the White House is studying different military options against Syria.

"President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option - if he decides to employ one of those options," Reuters quoted Hagel as saying.

The unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and later escalated into a civil war. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far, according to the UN.

Syria’s information minister said on Saturday that any US-led military action against the regime would be “no picnic.” "US military intervention will create a very serious fallout and a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East," Syria's official SANA news agency quoted Omran Zoabi as saying.

Updates with Syrian minister's quote.

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  • bielecThe Nuremberg Principles
    18:17, 25/08/2013
    The Nuremberg Principles were a set of guidelines for determining what constitutes a war crime. The document was created by necessity during the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi party members following World War II. Under UN General Assembly Resolution 177 (II), paragraph (a), the International Law Commission was directed to formulate the principles of international law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal. The formulation by the Commission was set forth in the Report of the International Law Commission to the General Assembly covering its second session, 5 June to 29 June, 1950, and published in the Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1950, Vol. II, pp. 374-378.

    <i>"...Nuremberg cannot be forgotten by those who created it. The criminals and their wretched deeds may pass from memory, but the trials we have no right to forget. He who undertakes to render judgement under law assumes a responsibility that he may not thereafter shed. /.../ Representatives of the United States took the lead in formulating those principles and in establishing the Nuremberg Tribunals for their enforcement. Thousands of Germans and Japanese have been tried under those principles; those found guilty have been punished... We may not, in justice, apply to these defendants because they are German, standards of duty and responsibility, which are not equally applicable to the officials of the Allied Powers and to those of all nations. The great question today is not whether the Nuremberg Principles are valid, but whether mankind can live up to them, and whether it can live at all, if it fails." ~~~ BG Telford Taylor, Final Report to the Secretary of the Army on the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Under Control, Council Law No. 10, Appendix B, pp 234-235</i>

    <b>Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgement of the Tribunal</b>

    Principle I: Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment;

    Principle II: The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law;

    Principle III: The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible Government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law;

    Principle IV: The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him;

    Principle V: Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law;

    Principle VI: The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable under international law:

    <b>(a) Crimes against peace:
    (i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
    (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).</b>

    (b) War crimes:
    Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

    (c) Crimes against humanity:
    Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.

    Principle VII: Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.
  • bielecThe Nuremberg Principles
    18:20, 25/08/2013
    The Nuremberg Principles were a set of guidelines for determining what constitutes a war crime. The document was created by necessity during the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi party members following World War II. Under UN General Assembly Resolution 177 (II), paragraph (a), the International Law Commission was directed to formulate the principles of international law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal. The formulation by the Commission was set forth in the Report of the International Law Commission to the General Assembly covering its second session, 5 June to 29 June, 1950, and published in the Yearbook of the International Law Commission, 1950, Vol. II, pp. 374-378.

    "...Nuremberg cannot be forgotten by those who created it. The criminals and their wretched deeds may pass from memory, but the trials we have no right to forget. He who undertakes to render judgement under law assumes a responsibility that he may not thereafter shed. /.../ Representatives of the United States took the lead in formulating those principles and in establishing the Nuremberg Tribunals for their enforcement. Thousands of Germans and Japanese have been tried under those principles; those found guilty have been punished... We may not, in justice, apply to these defendants because they are German, standards of duty and responsibility, which are not equally applicable to the officials of the Allied Powers and to those of all nations. The great question today is not whether the Nuremberg Principles are valid, but whether mankind can live up to them, and whether it can live at all, if it fails." ~~~ BG Telford Taylor, Final Report to the Secretary of the Army on the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Under Control, Council Law No. 10, Appendix B, pp 234-235

    Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgement of the Tribunal

    Principle I: Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment;

    Principle II: The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law;

    Principle III: The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible Government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law;

    Principle IV: The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him;

    Principle V: Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law;

    Principle VI: The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable under international law:

    (a) Crimes against peace:
    (i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
    (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

    (b) War crimes:
    Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

    (c) Crimes against humanity:
    Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.

    Principle VII: Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.
  • BlizzardReality
    19:13, 25/08/2013
    US, UK and France are in final preparations for the war. All they needed was whatever excuse even fabricated one. By reading The Guardian newspaper reader can clearly see that the war is looming and war machinery is set in motion and there are no way that they would stop. Only blind or brainwashed could believe that there wont be a war against Syria.

    What about Russia, who is supposedly Syrian allay? If US are prepared to ignore everyone and steadfastly go ahead with their intention, why Russia does not at least fulfills their contractual obligations towards Syria.

    Years ago drunkard and psychopath Boris Yeltsin allowed that US bombard to submission their only ally in Europe - Serbia. Then US showed to the world that they can do all they want as they pleased as there is no one who can stop them.

    Russia slipped lots of notches on the ladder of trustworthy countries. Then it was clear that drunk and corrupt Yeltsin did not bother to sell Russia piece by piece for a bottle of vodka.

    What about Russia today? President Putin playing macho on media wants to present himself as a hard guy. We know and understand that Yeltsin was desperately trying to picture himself as an idiot, thus avoiding any responsibility.

    What about Putin, who wants to be portrayed as Russian savior and builder of new strong and respected country that will take its rightful place in the world?

    Well so far his real face was meek and weak. He is constantly bending and twisting at American bidding only at the end to fulfill their bidding at the end. Al his public toughness is of decorative nature and serves as personal propaganda without any heavy clout.

    He is aware that no one in the West does not respect him and they are treating him as paper tiger and nothing else. Syria is about to be bombarded into submission and there will be government change and that government wont be in Russian favor but in favor of USA. Russian sphere of influence will again shrink and Russian image as worthless country will be the only think that will rise.

    Putin is just a small scared kid who dreams of being big as is his country but dreams are always short living as dawn is nigh. He will wake up only to realize that he is even less than in his worst nightmares.

    However if he promptly fulfills Russian contractual obligations and supplies to Syria and Iran with overdue defensive weapons he might avert another destruction and destabilization of the Middle East. Israel is the only one in the region who would benefit from Syrian destruction. After the US imposes their chosen government Middle East will be widely opened to Israelis terrorism.
    • Veselko3Another war will expedite the downfall of the USA.
      00:51, 26/08/2013
      Maybe they will allow ( or push ) other countries to make the job but I don't think they will attack Syria themselves.
      • robtemery@msn.comRome
        00:59, 26/08/2013
        Roman Emperors believed themselves God
      • bielecPutin has to do...
        00:48, 26/08/2013
        ...what's best for Russia. He is probably not going to risk a global war and Russia's independence for a country like Syria. But he may surprise us by limited, local operations, like the 5-day war on Georgia. Targeting Israel, for example, would solve most of the problems in the Middle East. He may also wait for the collapse of U.S. economy.

        However, if he waits until all of his allies are defeated, then Russia will stand alone, when the West comes after Russia. Maybe that's the real reason for all these regime changes and color / Arab revolutions? Counting on China may be risky - Chinese economy depends on Western markets.
      • robtemery@msn.comRealities of War
        01:06, 26/08/2013
        Only Cowards will stand off at a distance and lob missiles into a fray killing even more innocent women and children rather than put boots on the ground
      • haavarlaRussia will do Nothing
        15:21, 26/08/2013
        If there is one thing the Russian goverment loves more above everything else, then it is status quo on their relationship With the rest of the world. Russia will not do anything to hinder the cash flow from trade and finans. Any conflict between US/Russia, even smaller ones will hit both sides on a number of different Levels. And trade is the first one to suffer. So no, Putin will do nothing if US bomb Syria.
        • cheruskIt's a matter of early or late confrontation
          17:50, 26/08/2013
          Without old friends and with no new friend Russia will end up like Jugoslavija. It's a matter of death or life.
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        • living069wanna stop all these wars?
          05:43, 27/08/2013
          Simple, kill the zionist filth giving the orders as well as their arab cohorts.

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