Saturday, July 08, 2006  

Where did you say you were going?

Stephen Green has some excellent advice for Dubya- after his term is finished, he should stay home. My sentiments, exactly. Except don't darken any of the states I like.

Green makes the same observation that I and others have already made- that Bush and co (which should include Cheney, Rice, Rove. maybe Powell- he still has time for some more mea culpas)- would and should be accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The charges would be legion and might actually outstrip those levied against Kissinger: extraodinary rendition, invasion under false pretenses, torture, flagrant disregard for the Geneva Conventions and protction of civilian populations in the White House and on the ground in Iraq, death squad goons operating out of the Minstry of the Interior, the looting, the destruction, the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah, the use of depleted uranium weaponry everywhere...

More people have probably died as a direct result of US actions in Iraq than disappeared in Argentina during the Dirty War (officially 30,000).

In 1998, Chilean general and former president Augusto Pinochet, who was in London seeking medical treatment, was indicted for his involvement in torture and extra-judicial killings in Latin America in the 1970's. In June of 2001, former Secretary of State Kissinger was forced to flee his hotel in Paris, and take a hasty flight back to America, to avoid a court summons to answer questions on his involvement with Pinochet's reign of terror. The following month, a Belgian court ordered Prime Minister Sharon of Israel to appear before a Brussels court to answer charges stemming from the massacre of some 2000 Palestinian refugees in 1982 during Lebanon War.
The rest of this timely essay here

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