Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Time to talk War Crimes, Indeed.

In "Time To Talk War Crimes", Robert Parry lays out a powerful argument for charging George Bush with war crimes.

In the Neuremberg trials after World War II, "...U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who represented the United States at the Nuremberg Tribunal, made clear that the intent was to establish a precedent against aggressive war." The idea was that it should be against international law to attack another country.

Yet that is just what America did in attacking Iraq. It was not in response to an attack; Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan did that. It was not to root out WMDs. None were found, none existed. Instead, we now hear of Condi Rice saying that Iraq was part of a culture that hated us. As if that were justification enough.

Add to that this article by Noam Chomsky, "Returning to the Scene of the Crime: War Crimes in Iraq", taken from his upcoming book. It describes the American attack on Fallujah in Iraq. The article details the U.S. bombing of hospitals, clearly a war crime, and the cordoning off of the city to prevent men aged 18-45 from leaving before the bombing starts. "The attack began with a bombing campaign intended to drive out all but the adult male population; men ages fifteen to forty-five who attempted to flee Falluja were turned back."

Is this not inhumane? Is this not the height of criminality?

Read these articles and weep.

Follow up: More on this topic in "If I were Bush? Oh Geez.."

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