So, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand (and possibly other) soldiers can maim, murder, commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against Afghans and Libyans in the British queen's name (as the British crown/monarch is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of all these countries)
But, "Oh no!" we can't hold the British monarch accountable.
Not that "cute harmless little grannie" (according to some.) We couldn't possibly do that, now could we?
Rebecca West wrote:
Attributing this level of importance and responsibility to tabloid fodder like the British royal family is, well, silly. It's like saying Britney Spears is a threat to democracy.
That argument is a fallacy.
Whereas the British royal family has been treated as tabloid fodder like Britney Spears,
The monarchy is an institution that is hereditary and therefore unelected, unrepresentative, undemocratic, and inegalitarian.
Britney Spears is none of the above.
Rebecca West wrote:
And, in the end, is it any more honourable to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity in the name of an irrelevant and racist 18th century document signed by a bunch of slave owners? I should think not.
On a superficial level, I agree with you.
But on these levels I don't:
War crimes and crimes against humanity are not "honorable."
No one is talking about these being honorable.
The U.S. Constitution just like the Canadian Constitution is not the Commander-in-Chief of the countries' repective armed forces.
In the U.S. it is the President. And yes, people do hold President Obama and Congress responsible for the Afghan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and Libyan wars. Sadly, they haven't been successful for bringing any of these 'top people' before a criminal court.
In Canada, the situation is worse because the British monarch/Canadian Guvnah Genral are the de jure and the Canadian Prime Minister is (in essence) the de facto Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian armed forces.
Yet sadly, like in the U.S., no one is doing a good job of getting any of these people before a criminal court, either.