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Bush, Blair Should Face Trial at the Hague

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LONDON (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

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Carrie B (306)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 3:14 pm
Great post Jae. Thank you !

Laura H (964)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 3:33 pm
Justice PLEASE?!?!?!!!!

Thanks Jae-I will share this one.

Terry King (113)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 4:45 pm
Don't forget Cheney and Rummy!

Jae A (316)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 4:54 pm
" By DAVID STRINGER | Associated Press – 12 hrs ago

LONDON (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions."

The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.

"Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague," he added.

The Hague, Netherlands, based court is the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal and has been in operation for 10 years. So far it has launched prosecutions only in Africa, including in Sudan, Congo, Libya and Ivory Coast.

Tutu has long been a staunch critic of the Iraq war, while others opposed to the conflict — including playwright Harold Pinter — have previously called for Bush and Blair to face prosecution at the Hague.

"The then-leaders of the U.S. and U.K. fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand — with the specter of Syria and Iran before us," said Tutu, who last week withdrew from a conference in South Africa due to Blair's presence at the event.

While the International Criminal Court can handle cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, it does not currently have the jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of aggression. Any potential prosecution over the Iraq war would likely come under the aggression category.

The U.S. is among nations which do not recognize the International Criminal Court.

In response to Tutu, Blair said he had great respect for the archbishop's work to tackle apartheid in South Africa, but accused him of repeating inaccurate criticisms of the Iraq war.

"To repeat the old canard that we lied about the intelligence is completely wrong as every single independent analysis of the evidence has shown," Blair said. "And to say that the fact that Saddam (deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein) massacred hundreds of thousands of his citizens is irrelevant to the morality of removing him is bizarre."

However, Blair said that "in a healthy democracy people can agree to disagree."

In Britain, a two-year long inquiry examining the buildup to the Iraq war and its conduct is yet to publish its final report. The panel took evidence from political leaders including Blair, military chiefs and intelligence officers. Two previous British studies into aspects of the war cleared Blair's government of wrongdoing.

The Iraq war was bitterly divisive in the U.K. and saw large public demonstrations. However, Blair subsequently won a 2005 national election, though with a reduced majority. "

Arielle S (313)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 5:20 pm
Boy, howdy, I'd buy tickets for that one...and I'd bet we'd see a lot of politicians suddenly cleaning up their act, too.

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 6:22 pm
Yes, they should...

Debbie Hogan (115)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 7:19 pm
Should have happened a LONG time ago...

Edwin M (346)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 7:23 pm
I have believed for quite some time that George Bush should be held responsible for the deaths of countless numbers of innocent people, but along with Tony Blair there are others that should also be brought to trial and Dick Cheney is at the top of that list. Thanks Jae

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 9:21 pm
Long overdue but I doubt it would happen. No one wants a nuke up their butt and we've used them before.

Jae A (316)
Monday September 3, 2012, 1:00 am
This close to an Federal election I felt this was something that should be 'food for thought ' for everyone to why they should....what political party gave them control over our government system/military ..and the power to have the tax payers and borrowed funds to keep them going and going and going while more innocent lives were being taken for what can only be described as ...corporate profits/personal gains, not just that they should face trial. It not who's running against Obama this time but who's party plateform /polices they are and will continue to be obligated to. That being the same political party and plateform that gave us the Bush/Cheney years.

Jason S (50)
Monday September 3, 2012, 10:01 am
Should be in jail right now

Jim Phillips (3257)
Monday September 3, 2012, 10:03 am
"Mission Was NOT Accomplished"

Cheney, Bush
War Crimes
Bush cabinets:

"In spite of strong evidence identifying Dick Cheney as the mastermind behind this torture regime–the subject remains taboo, both in the ‘news’ business and in Hollywood–that is until Hollywood executives watched trailers for the anti-war documentary–The Last War Crime."

"Curious about this documentary and the blatant censorship–(I couldn’t download it)–I contacted the artist aka The Pen. Here is the interview."

See and read article in the link:

"It should be noted that as of May 22nd, 2012, The Last War Crime was presented at the Cannes Film Festival. There was no refusal to air the film, no censorship–corporate or otherwise. Apparently the independent artistic community in Cannes and similar venues knows something that evades the vapid corporate offices of Hollywood."

There are many people who would love to see Cheney and other people from the bush administration taken to court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. To The Hague... and the Spanish Court is interested...

One bit of note... Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others from the bush administration are subject to arrest if they step in certain countries... Yep! Makes you wonder...

This kind of documentary should NOT be censored in the US. Unbelievable.

Ty, Jae.

Kit B (276)
Monday September 3, 2012, 11:31 am

Just one more on the wish list of things that will never happen. After all, Bush and Cheney didn't do anything wrong their lawyers said so,and lawyers like politicians would never lie, cheat, steal or kill....or would they?

Renata B (136)
Monday September 3, 2012, 12:44 pm
I would pay to see Bush and even more Blair with his smugness taken to court. He wants to get back to active politics! Incredible. I doubt his party wants him though: it wouldn't be a popular move for sure.

Susanne R (235)
Monday September 3, 2012, 1:22 pm
Perhaps in a perfect world... But at least we have this:

November 23, 2011: "A tribunal in Malaysia, spearheaded by that nation’s former Prime Minister, yesterday found George Bush and Tony Blair guilty of “crimes against peace” and other war crimes for their 2003 aggressive attack on Iraq, as well as fabricating pretexts used to justify the attack. The seven-member Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal — which featured an American law professor as one of its chief prosecutors — has no formal enforcement power, but was modeled after a 1967 tribunal in Sweden and Denmark that found the U.S. guilty of a war of aggression in Vietnam, and, even more so, after the U.S.-led Nuremberg Tribunal held after World War II. Just as the U.S. steadfastly ignored the 1967 tribunal on Vietnam, Bush and Blair both ignored the summons sent to them and thus were tried in absentia.

The tribunal ruled that Bush and Blair’s name should be entered in a register of war criminals, urged that they be recognized as such under the Rome Statute, and will also petition the International Criminal Court to proceed with binding charges. Such efforts are likely to be futile, but one Malaysian lawyer explained the motives of the tribunal to The Associated Press: “For these people who have been immune from prosecution, we want to put them on trial in this forum to prove that they committed war crimes.” In other words, because their own nations refuse to hold them accountable and can use their power to prevent international bodies from doing so, the tribunal wanted at least formal legal recognition of these war crimes to be recorded and the evidence of their guilt assembled. That’s the same reason a separate panel of this tribunal will hold hearings later this year on charges of torture against Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others."

Just wanted to provide a small measure of satisfaction to those who didn't know and those who just enjoy being reminded.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

Yvonne White (229)
Monday September 3, 2012, 2:43 pm
God I love Desmond Tutu!!!!!!:)

Yvonne White (229)
Monday September 3, 2012, 2:44 pm
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Carlene V (202)
Monday September 3, 2012, 3:36 pm
Thanks Jae. If this ever did happen there would be dancing in the streets! Both of them, along with Cheney and Rummy, belong behind bars for the senseless killing of innocent people.

Sharon Blodinger (0)
Monday September 3, 2012, 4:01 pm
I couldn't agree more but do thinki Cheney and Rummy should stand trial with them!

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 3, 2012, 4:33 pm
Best news of the day! Thanks, Jae. Funny how not too many decades ago, we prosecuted other countries like Japan and Germany for war crimes, but we seem to be immune. Whether or not this ever comes to fruition, at least there are several "high officials" on the record with their accusations against members of the former Bush Regime. Which reminds me that America still lives under the Bush Doctrine. I'd like some pressure applied to Obama to formulate his own, new Doctrine--being the antithesis of what we now have.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Monday September 3, 2012, 4:40 pm
Thanks for this post,Jae,
I heard a debate about this on BBC Radio today. I have often wondered what would have happened had the UK refused to join Mr. Bush's war. It may have not stopped the war, but if may have made the Bush team rethink its strategy.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday September 3, 2012, 5:02 pm
What a crock! We should put Wilhelm Klinton and the British heads of both the liberal party and the National Front on that trial, not an idiot like Shrub (Bush JR) or a puppet like Blair.

John Doe (22)
Monday September 3, 2012, 5:37 pm
Bush and Bliar should be in jail where they belong. Starting a war based on a pack of lies about non-existent wmd's and slaughtering millions of innocent Iraqis is a crime deserving nothing less than the death penalty. Of course they will never be convicted but someone caught with half an ounce of marijuana will serve jail time?

Gary L (138)
Monday September 3, 2012, 7:34 pm
it would make my day to watch both of them along with dickless cheney spend the rest of their misrable lives in prison oh but to dream

Shan D (49)
Monday September 3, 2012, 9:26 pm
Damn straight they should be tried as war criminals. Cheney and Rumsfeld, too - they're even worse.

Sharon F (0)
Monday September 3, 2012, 10:15 pm
Let's not elect Rmoney; he wants to increase the military by 100,000. What for??

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday September 3, 2012, 11:09 pm
It has been long over due some one should take action against these War Criminals including Cheney and Rumsfeld

roxy H (350)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 7:10 am
ty jae :)

Tuesday September 4, 2012, 7:57 am
BuSh, Chehey, Rums, Rice, Blair: charge them all

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 11:57 am
That's been on my dream list for the past nine years. I hope I live long enough to see it come to fruition!

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 8:51 pm
I didn't know the sentence for crimes against humanity was merely prison time.

Caitlin M (104)
Friday September 7, 2012, 10:27 am
Thanks, Jae, for bringing this forward. Susanne R. provides us some satisfaction that Bush/Cheney are being recognized around the world for what they are: common criminals. It's a shame that more of us in the USA don't realize it and some of us even support their actions, which, as the article says, 'has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history." Jim (Computer Down) P. has given great info, too. I would love to see the film he mentions. How dare we be so dishonest in this country as to censor true information. We do seem to be heading head-long into a repressive government.

Jae A (316)
Friday September 7, 2012, 6:24 pm
All the more reason for the people of this nation demand they be charged for their crimes Caitlin. That alone would reverse the mindsets of those dreaming about the day they will be a the top of that repressive government. I can not think of a single move that would do more for this nation, and the world for that matter, that to see to it that all of them are at least charged for their crimes. They should all be hiding/cowering behind closed and locked doors,too afraid to step out them just as Nixon had to after his Presidency...If not the doors of their own homes then behind doors with bars on in jails/prison... will do my opinion....Compared to Nixon this bunch really shouldn't have the option of which doors they are behind....that of a jail/prison cell should be the only option for each and everyone of them..I believe.
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