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04 Apr

Bush and His Compatriots Are War Criminals

I have been quizzed by some for charging Bush and Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell as War Criminals

The following is my reply

This was and is not a just war.

Our predecessors in the twentieth century experienced the two World Wars, which killed on the order of 75 million people. In 1945, world leaders were determined not to repeat that experience, and they crafted the United Nations charter in order to forestall it. They determined that aggressive warfare would not be permitted. Hitler’s invasion of Poland was sheer aggression. Japan’s conquests in Southeast Asia were pure aggression. Of course, the Japanese just did to what is now Indonesia in a short period of time what the Dutch had done to it over centuries. The Dutch were fully as brutal in Indonesian as the Japanese were when they took over.

The post-WW II order, if it was to give up aggressive warfare, also had to give up colonialism, which it gradually for the most part did (the French let Morocco and Tunisia go but tried to hold on in Vietnam and Algeria, with disastrous consequences).

Article 39 of Chapter 7 goes like this:
The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.

In other words, it is the Security Council that decides if an international trouble spot should be responded to by war. History shows that George W. Bush had no intention of even seeking a UNSC authorization.
But despite threats and secretly proffered bribes, Bush was not able to browbeat the UNSC into authorizing the war.

The United States did secure the U.N. Security Council resolution 1441, which censured Iraqi behavior and warned of serious consequences if it remained defiant. (The War Criminals later claimed that this resolution provided a legal basis for war, a claim that France and most other powers that stated a position disputed. Notable exception was Blair of Great Britain who joined Bush in this criminality.)

If the UN General Assembly had voted on Article 39, Bush would have lost very badly. The world couldn’t be convinced that there was a casus belli (legal justification for war) here.

The McGlynn

 

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