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Bush and Blair Found Guilty

What if all war criminals were treated equally?

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One month before the start of the invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq, United States Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the UN Security Council and presented the case for war. “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources,” Powell told the world community on February 5, 2003.

He then made a convincing presentation of alleged top-secret satellite imagery, intercepted telephone conversations and eyewitness descriptions of “biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails” which purported to prove that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. Powell’s presentation was a domestic propaganda coup. It swayed American and British public opinion and laid the foundation for preemptive, unilateral war by George Bush and Tony Blair.

We now know that the primary evidence America and Britain used to justify preemptive war – a war that has killed over 150,000 innocents, displaced a million more and forever contaminated the country with birth-defect-causing depleted uranium – was based on fabricated information. In 2011, Powell’s “solid source,” an unremorseful Rafid al-Janabi, publicly admitted that he made up the story about mobile biological weapons labs a decade earlier. The intelligence agencies who interviewed him at the time knew he was lying, al-Janabi also claimed. Only later when a justification for war was desperately needed did his fantasies reappear as “facts.” Documentary evidence supports the conclusion that Bush and Blair knew at the time of Powell’s speech that claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were fabricated. A memo from a top-secret 2002 meeting between Blair and British military-intelligence officials reports that “intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy” of regime change “justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.”

This is where most analysis of the Iraq War ends: with a “stuff happens” shrug of the shoulders or, at best, a few words of empty condolence for those who have died because of this war based on lies. But now a global movement is afoot to go further: to judge Bush and Blair by the same regime of international law that they used to justify their preemptive war.

In November of 2011 and May of 2012, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, an tribunal founded by Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, tried George Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their US legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo in absentia. Bush and Blair were accused of violating the Nuremberg Principles by committing “crimes against peace” – waging a war in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their legal advisers were also separately accused of “war crimes” and the “crime of torture.”

Asserting the right of universal jurisdiction, an international legal principle that grants any state the right to prosecute individuals who commit crimes which affect all of humanity, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal followed strict legal norms and rules of evidence. All parties were provided with capable defense attorneys and the prosecution relied on eyewitness and documentary testimony.

After four days of legal proceedings in November the Tribunal issued a unanimous verdict finding both George Bush and Tony Blair guilty of “crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the Iraq War” based on evidence that they knew the justification for the Iraq War was fabricated.

In May, the Tribunal returned to take up the charge of torture. After hearing testimony from several individuals tortured by the US military while detained without trial – including Moazzam Begg who was told that his wife was being tortured in an adjoining cell and then was forced to listen to a woman screaming; Rhuhel Ahmed who was injected with hallucinatory drugs and subjected to 45 days of sleep deprivation; and Abbas Abid whose fingernails were removed with pliers – the five judge Tribunal unanimously delivered another guilty verdict against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. Evidence presented at the Tribunals is now being sent to the International Criminal Court.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal does not yet have the ability to enforce its verdict against Bush and Blair but it does open the door to further Tribunals around the world which will eventually have that power.

We are today one step closer to a just world where international war criminals are ruthlessly hunted, arrested and prosecuted no matter which country they are from. Bush and Blair be warned: there is no statute of limitations for war crimes.

What if we lived in a world where all war criminals, regardless of how powerful they are, are treated the same? With the taboo on discussing Bush and Blair’s war crimes now breaking down, what would it take to bring them to justice?

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Anonymous

More videos of Fallujah slaughter starting to come out.

Looks like they pulled out every banned weapon in the book for that one.

Extreme high rate of grotesque birth defects now.

Anonymous

The videos of Fallujah are a carefully crafted modern propaganda campaign. All they prove is that there are some children who were born with birth defects; they do not even prove that these have anything to do with the battles that were fought there in 2004 or that they are even excessive. Depleted Uranium was not used in Fallujah. DU kinetic energy penetrators are effective at killing tanks at long range. There were no tank battles in 2003. There were no enemy tanks to battle in 2004. When US tanks fired their main guns, they did so to blow large holes in walls and barricades and to collapse buildings. DU penetrators do not do this. If DU had been used, it would have punched a small diameter hole through the wall and sailed through the building punching an equally small hole on the other side and the wall would have remained basically intact. Not only does DU not explode or blow holes in walls, but the DU penetrator is a long thin rod with sabots attached to the sides to keep the penetrator from hitting the side of the cannon's barrel and to keep the explosive pressure behind the penetrator sending it out the barrel at very high speed.. These sabots fall off at some time after the penetrator leaves the barrel and they are potentially lethal to supporting infantry up to 1 Km in front of the tank. That means that any firing of a DU penetrator could have killed nearby infantry and the tanks were there to support the infantry as it fought the long house-to-house, block-by-block battle. Richard Lowry has written a very detailed blow by blow account of the 2004 battles New Dawn, The Battles for Fallujah and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) has even reluctantly admitted that DU was not used in Fallujah. I will send additional references to anyone who writes me at DUStory dash owner at yahoo groups dot com.

Anonymous

You write a lot without citing anything. Why should we believe your complete denial and obviously highly selective discussion off-hand (are the DU rounds you describe the only types of rounds that exist?) versus documented evidence?

See? All that took was 2 sentences, not 20. The truth is concise.

Anonymous

"Richard Lowry has written a very detailed blow by blow account of the 2004 battles New Dawn, The Battles for Fallujah and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) has even reluctantly admitted that DU was not used in Fallujah. I will send additional references to anyone who writes me at DUStory dash owner at yahoo groups dot com."

this was a citation, can you read?

Anonymous

Yes, I can read. That is not a citation. And frankly I'm quite a bit fearful of having any sort of direct correspondence with you or giving you my email address. even if it's a one time temporary address.

Anonymous

Read Dr. Busby et al's paper ( http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/7/2828 ) which followed up on the BBC and al Jazeera reports of birth defects. A thin paper, but extremely sympathetic to the notion that depleted uranium might be the causative agent.

"Finally, the results reported here do not throw any light upon the identity of the agent(s) causing the increased levels of illness and although we have drawn attention to the use of depleted uranium as one potential relevant exposure, there may be other possibilities and we see the current study as investigating the anecdotal evidence of increases in cancer and infant mortality in Fallujah."

Just sayin.

Anonymous

Google "depleted uranium". Plenty of studies that are expanding in number and detail year after year.

Anonymous

occupy the country side- abandon the cities to the land lords, slum lords, war lords and money hoarders. Let them wallow in their commodity museums/mausoleums. be absorbed by the vacuous spaces between the solid confines of the grid

Anonymous

The claim about depleted uranium is false - "forever contaminated the country with birth-defect-causing depleted uranium" - the country is not contaminated with DU; DU is naturally occuring Uranium-238. Every single person reading this, in fact every single person in the world, not only now, but from time eternity in the past and to time eternity in the future has U-238 in their body. Each of you readers ingests, breathes in and drinks in a fraction of a microgram of U-238 every single day of your life. Saddam Hussein started a propaganda campaign to do two things 1) get the UN to life the Sanctions that were making it a little harder to sell oil and build palaces and 2) eliminate being humiliated when his vaunted combat hardened tank crews had their tanks destroyed before they even came into range of the US/UK tanks that fired the magic extreme range "silver bullet", the DU kinetic energy penetrator. He convinced the world that this terrible "radioactive" weapon caused horrid birth effects and none of the people looking at any of the grotesque pictures ever asked the logical questions 1) what is depicted in this picture, is it a disease or birth defect, is it common all over the world or only found in Iraq and the Balkans (the only two places in the world where DU penetrators were fired in combat and 2) what causes this particular condition and is there any known connection to uranium? The answer to the first question is that some of the pictures show hydrocephalus (you can learn more about that here http://tinyurl.com/hydrocephalus-misused ), some show spina bifida, some show Harlequin Ichthyosis (the ones with the bright red eyes) and some show other yet unknown to me conditions. The medical community has let the world down by not looking at these pictures and videos and telling people what they see medically. Is there anyone out there who wants to take this on? Write me DUStory dash owner at yahoo groups dot com

anonymous

You're uninformed. It's the delivery system, and the increase in exposure that causes the cancer and birth defects to increase. Moreover, plenty of US military personnel and NATO personnel have been sickened and died after their exposure to DU and white phosphorus.

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