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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Another Suspect Character Behind
‘Responsibility To Protect’ Doctrine
 

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa served on the committee that formed the military doctrine – Responsibility to Protect – used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya, this column has learned.

The discovery is particularly pertinent because on Sunday Moussa announced during a special meeting in Cairo that the Arab League plans to press the UN to impose a no-fly zone over the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip similar to the one now imposed on Libya.
 
Moussa said he plans to present the proposal to the UN Security Council.
 
The call comes as Hamas has fired over 140 rockets into Jewish civilian population zones, prompting Israel to carry out anti-terror operations in Gaza aimed at diminishing Hamas’s rocketing capabilities.
 
As this column first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world’s leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine’s main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros.
 
Now it has emerged that Moussa served on the advisory board of the 2001 commission that originally founded Responsibility to Protect.
 
That commission is called the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. It invented the term “Responsibility to Protect,” while defining its guidelines.
 
On the 2001 commission board with Moussa was Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasir Arafat.
 
Also on the commission board was the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, which was founded by White House aid Samantha Power.
 
Power was Carr’s founding executive director and headed the institute at the time it advised in the founding of Responsibility to Protect. She is the National Security Council special adviser to Obama on human rights.
 
She reportedly heavily influenced Obama in consultations leading to the decision to bomb Libya.
 
With Power, Moussa and Ashrawi on its advisory board, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty first defined the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
 
In his address to the nation two weeks ago, Obama cited the military doctrine as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya.
 

Responsibility to Protect, or Responsibility to Act as cited by Obama, is a set of principles, now backed by the United Nations, based on the idea that sovereignty is not a privilege but a responsibility that can be revoked if a country is accused of “war crimes,” “genocide,” “crimes against humanity” or “ethnic cleansing.”

 

Egypt Ready To Use Force Over Nile Dispute
 
   The new Egyptian government has instructed its military to prepare for any eventuality regarding a crucial water dispute with neighboring Ethiopia, according to Egyptian security sources.
 
   The dispute centers around the Nile River, which is used by both Ethiopia and Egypt for water resources.
 
   Ethiopia is planning to construct a nearly $5 billion dam, called the Great Millennium Dam, along the Nile River, about 25 miles from the Sudan border. The dam will section off a larger portion of the Nile than is currently used by Ethiopia.
 
   Egypt is adamantly opposed to the dam or any deal that would reduce its share of the Nile and give more access to other countries.
 

   A 1929 colonial-era treaty gives Egypt majority rights to the Nile’s waters. But six African countries have signed a petition, the Entebbe Agreement, calling for all Nile Basin countries to modify the old pact and re-allocate the shares of water from the Nile River.

 

Florida Pastor May Put Muhammad ‘On Trial’

 

   The Florida pastor whose public torching of the Koran sparked violent Muslim protests in the Mideast told this reporter an effigy of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad may be next.
 
   Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio”on WABC 770 AM in New York City when the host asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Jones’s church would put Muhammad “on trial,” like it did with the Koran.
 
   “There is that possibility,” Jones said, before qualifying that “it is definitely not a possibility in the near future.”
 
   Nonetheless, he continued: “As far as judging Muhammad, it would take place in the same way. We would try to obtain experts on both sides of the bench, and if Muhammad was found innocent then we would issue a public apology to Islam, to the Koran, to the followers of Muhammad for our actions at insulting [them]. If he was found guilty, then we would do in the same manner as the Koran burning. We would offer probably four or five different forms of punishment, and then the form of punishment that the people voted upon, that would be the punishment that would be executed.”
 
   This reporter asked what kind of “punishment” Jones had in mind.
 
   “Probably they would be forms similar to International Judge the Quran Day,” Jones said. “On that day we had four forms of punishment – they were burning, grounding, shredding and facing of a firing squad. We would probably pick some of those kinds of forms, and if Muhammad was found guilty we would put together some type of picture or some type of dummy figure to represent him, and then the execution would be done on that particular object we created.”
 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.


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