The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), one of the older appease and surrender movements in the West, last October went to the High Court in Britain to urge the Court to declare that it would be contrary to international law for Britain to go to war against Iraq without a fresh United Nations resolution. It is thought this the first time a legitimately elected government has been challenged in the domestic courts over possible military action.
The group was seeking a legal interpretation of the UN Security Council’s resolution 1441. CND’s proposition is that no military action is authorized by 1441.
"We are acting on behalf of all the citizens of the world who want to stop war on Iraq," CND Chair Carol Naughton said, according to the Islamic Republic News. Thanks, Carol Naughton, but the last time we read, the citizens of the world had not elected you as their spokesperson. Also, most citizens of the world will not be getting a vote in this conflict. Only electorates of allies of the United States.
The CND was formed in 1958 in a response to NATO relationships between the American and British allies. The United States had placed several of its fleet submarines and intermediate range missiles in Britain, committing the U.S. to respond to Warsaw Pact aggression. The British left has always preferred the Soviet Union to the United States and has always sought to undermine America in British perceptions. Author, playwright and all-round pundit J.B. Priestley wrote an article run in The New Statesmen (a weekly socialist magazine) in support of unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deterrent. This motivated the leftwing British "intelligentsia," including early peacenik philosopher Bertrand Russell as its first president, to form the CND.
Most of the founders of the CND were big fans of the Soviet Union and one executive was cooperating with East German intelligence according to secret Stasi files. Vic Allen, a former Leeds University economics professor, "passed confidential information" about the CND "to East German intelligence officers and manipulated the peace movement into taking a Soviet-friendly line."
Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, British television viewers became familiar with this rag-tag army of self-righteous malcontents and their rain sodden, oil-clothed swathed, sandal clad marches to Aldermaston – a kind of Lourdes for the emotionally challenged – to protest the Americans being accorded NATO defensive bases in Britain. However, the CND’s calls to disarm the west went unheeded by the more realistic British electorate, who had no problem in seeing the point of nuclear deterrence.
In the early 80s, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which is and always had been anti-West (they never protested the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons) was joined by a future luminary and his wife. Tony and Cherie Blair were big time advocates of nuclear disarmament, even then wanting to cede British sovereignty to supranational arms supervisors, and became active in the CND in their late twenties. Blair later jettisoned the CND for political purposes i.e., membership would have rendered him unelectable, although he has retained his taste for supranational governance – witness his inexplicable faith that such countries as Yemen, Ivory Coast, Syria and dozens of other lawless states would reach the right decision in a vote against Iraq at the United Nations.
Despite the fact that the Soviet empire collapsed like the Hindenberg and former eastern European countries are now free of its yoke, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, having widened its own remit to that of providing comfort for more recent rogue regimes, staggers on.
On December 12 last year, Labour Party members of the CND tabled a [House of] Commons motion condemning missile defence and demanding that Britain does not take part.
However, also on December 12, a High Court Judge refused CND’s case against the government. Lord Justice Simon Brown, said, noting that the High Court had jurisdiction over British Common Law: "The problem with this is that in order to decide whether war would be unlawful, the courts would have to interpret [UN] Resolution 1441, clearly not part of domestic law. "
Government solicitor Diana Barbar said: "The matter is non-justifiable and the courts will not intervene to dictate the conduct of foreign policy, especially, we would add, in a matter of high policy relating to a decision as to whether and when the United Kingdom would engage in military action against another state."
The CND was represented by Rabinder Singh, an attorney with Matrix, a law firm in which Cherie Blair is a senior partner.