Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: "The Talmud teaches us"

Justice Breyer Recalls Legal Lessons of the Holocaust

By Jess Bravin | Wall Street Journal | May 17, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday, May 17, capped the National Days of Remembrance, the congressionally mandated commemoration of the Holocaust, by focusing on a legal legacy stretching from the Nuremberg Tribunal to present-day efforts to hold war criminals accountable, such as the International Criminal Court.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer attends a reception hosted by President Barack Obama in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House, Tuesday.

“I come here as a judge and a Jew,” Justice Breyer said at a Capitol ceremony sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in part to remember “that the Holocaust story ended with a fair trial.”

Justice Breyer recalled that the late Justice Robert Jackson called his service as chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, which tried 24 surviving Nazi leaders for crimes against humanity, “infinitely more important than my work on the Supreme Court.” Justice Jackson had opened his case by telling the world that “the wrongs we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

While Justice Jackson aimed to defuse Holocaust deniers by building a “drab case” on the Nazis’ own records of their crimes, Israeli Attorney General Gideon Hausner “sought out survivors of the Holocaust to bear witness” in the 1961 trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. With the trial televised internationally, “for the first time many people heard the Holocaust survivors tell their stories with their own voices.”

“Both trials had a role to play,” Justice Breyer said. “The documented record prevents history from doubting what was done; the compelling personal stories help prevent the future from forgetting the victims themselves, their stories and their humanity.”

Justice Breyer linked those trials to more recent efforts to establish accountability for genocide and war crimes. He mentioned the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor this week said he would seek to try Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for crimes against humanity. (Justice Breyer makes no mention of Israeli massacres in Gaza, or of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon, in Beirut in August, 1982; at the El Khiam concentration camp, or in Qana against a United Nations refugee camp (twice). There has been no accountability for any of these atrocities perpetrated by “the Jewish state” — they are unpunished by international courts. Elie Hobeika, a former Lebanese ally of Ariel Sharon, was mysteriously rubbed out gangland style shortly before he was to testify against Sharon in a proposed European war crime trial that collapsed in the wake of Hobeika’s murder.  - Hoffman).

Such institutions are “imperfect,” the justice said. “We need only look around today’s world to see that the rights, rules, and obligations that the law sets forth are no more powerful than the human will to enforce them.

“The Talmud teaches us ‘it is not incumbent upon you to complete the work,’” Justice Breyer said. “’But neither are you free to evade it.”

A webcast of the event, "Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?" is here. Justice Breyer’s address begins at 55:35.

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3 comments:

James said...

Injustice carny barker Breyer informs us that the Talmudic freak show must and will go on.

JBP

Maryam said...

It's distressing that a Supreme Court judge is a Talmudist. There is nothing in that book whih I can endorse and the fact that that set of non-values is Breyer's guide is a guaruntee of injustice.

On the Nremburg Trials, I've recently come across the involvement of our former Senator Tom Dodd, father of now retired Chris Dodd. I had read something about the elder Dodd's negative views of how that "hanging jury" was conducted but for a long time the info was suppressed, probably because it would harm Chris's political standing so I was happy to be reminded of that long ago piece of information which criticized the court. Before his death, Tom was held in contempt by his fellow Senators for allegedly fraternizing with a person of doubtful politics. But, that too, was not readily known in CT.

Respectfully submitted,

Maryam Fritsch

Noor al Haqiqa said...

I lasted into about 500 words of the speech on "What have we learned from the Holocaust". The hypocrisy regarding "crimes against humanity" and Israel's record since its creation began to nauseate me, not a good way to begin the day.

As for Talmudists in the law, Dr. Hoffman, last week you posted an article on a course in Hasidic Talmudic Law offered in the American St. Louis. That prompted me to dig out an old document I had stored from V.S.S.V.F.F.Prince of the Jews in 1489 to Jewish Rabbi of Arles in Provence. In there he writes,

"As for the many other vexations you complain of: arrange that your sons become ADVOCATES and LAWYERS, and see that they always mix themselves up with the affairs of State, in order that by putting Christians under your yoke you may dominate the world and be avenged on them."

So many Jews on the Supreme Court. Clogging the legal systems, the education systems, and every other system we have... but the law is indeed the most dangerous infiltration point of them all.

What have they learned from the Holocaust?

How to create shoah for other people with faster, nastier weapons that leave damage that can never be healed. They learned that they could literally get away with murder, theft, control, and that by using guilt, their crimes would be forgotten. They learned how to whinge and whine and blackmail retribution from everyone on the planet. These things were already in their nature, the holocaust merely opened the door via international guilt, for them to abscond safely from the scenes of their crimes and to, indeed, pretend that they were once again victimized, or the even just did not happen.

And, lest I forget, they came up with the term "anti semitism" to whip the world into shape!