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Arrest Bush, Amnesty International Urges Africa


By Matt Cantor, Newser

eorge W. Bush should be arrested for his role in waterboarding, Amnesty International says, and his trip to Africa presents an opportunity for that. “International law requires that there be no safe haven for those responsible for torture; Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia must seize this opportunity to fulfill their obligations and end the impunity George W. Bush has so far enjoyed,” the human rights organization said. (It's not the first time.)

Bush is in Africa to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS as well as breast and cervical cancer. While Amnesty applauds that goal, “this cannot lessen the damage to the fight against torture caused by allowing someone who has admitted to authorizing waterboarding to travel without facing the consequences prescribed by law,” the statement said. Bush's trip coincides with World AIDS Day today, and he has been receiving much praise for the global AIDS initiative he launched as president.

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Arresting Bush Jr and putting him on trial for torture is nearly a joke when compared to Washington's far greater crimes of war and against humanity.  Maybe it's better than nothing at all, but there's much worse than torture.  There's genocide, omnicide, destruction of societies.  Even if they weren't perfect societies, Washington is no role model, either.

He and the others can be tried for crimes of torture, but they should first be put on trial for wars of aggression.

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