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Bush and Saddam Should Both Stand Trial, Says Nuremberg Prosecutor


By Aaron Glantz, OneWorld US

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25 (OneWorld) - A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferencz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars--Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"Nuremberg declared that aggressive war is the supreme international crime," the 87-year-old Ferencz told OneWorld from his home in New York. He said the United Nations charter, which was written after the carnage of World War II, contains a provision that no nation can use armed force without the permission of the UN Security Council.

Ferencz said that after Nuremberg the international community realized that every war results in violations by both sides, meaning the primary objective should be preventing any war from occurring in the first place.

He said the atrocities of the Iraq war--from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of dozens of civilians by U.S. forces in Haditha to the high number of civilian casualties caused by insurgent car bombs--were highly predictable at the start of the war.

Which wars should be prosecuted?
"Every war will lead to attacks on civilians," he said. "Crimes against humanity, destruction beyond the needs of military necessity, rape of civilians, plunder--that always happens in wartime. So my answer personally, after working for 60 years on this problem and [as someone] who hates to see all these young people get killed no matter what their nationality, is that you've got to stop using warfare as a means of settling your disputes."

Ferencz believes the most important development toward that end would be the effective implementation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is located in the Hague, Netherlands.

The court was established in 2002 and has been ratified by more than 100 countries. It is currently being used to adjudicate cases stemming from conflict in Darfur, Sudan and civil wars in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

But on May 6, 2002--less than a year before the invasion of Iraq--the Bush administration withdrew the United States' signature on the treaty and began pressuring other countries to approve bilateral agreements requiring them not to surrender U.S. nationals to the ICC.

Three months later, George W. Bush signed a new law prohibiting any U.S. cooperation with the International Criminal Court. The law went so far as to include a provision authorizing the president to "use all means necessary and appropriate," including a military invasion of the Netherlands, to free U.S. personnel detained or imprisoned by the ICC.

That's too bad, according to Ferencz. If the United States showed more of an interest in building an international justice system, they could have put Saddam Hussein on trial for his 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

"The United Nations authorized the first Gulf War and authorized all nations to take whatever steps necessary to keep peace in the area," he said. "They could have stretched that a bit by seizing the person for causing the harm. Of course, they didn't do that and ever since then I've been bemoaning the fact that we didn't have an International Criminal Court at that time."

Ferencz is glad that Saddam Hussein is now on trial.

Saddam Hussein. © Radio Netherlands Wereldomroep
This week, the Iraqi government began to try the former dictator for crimes connected to his ethnic cleansing campaign against the Kurds. According to Human Rights Watch, which has done extensive on-the-ground documentation, Saddam's Ba'athist regime deliberately and systematically killed at least 50,000 and possibly as many as 100,000 Kurds over a six-month period in 1988.

Kurdish authorities put the number even higher, saying 182,000 Kurdish civilians were killed in a matter of months.

Everyone agrees innumerable villages were bombed and some were gassed. The surviving residents were rounded up, taken to detention centers, and eventually executed at remote sites, sometimes by being stripped and shot in the back so they would fall naked into trenches.

In his defense, Saddam Hussein has disputed the extent of the killings and maintained they were justified because he was fighting a counter-insurgency operation against Kurdish separatists allied with Iran. When asked to enter a plea, the former president said "that would require volumes of books."

Ferencz said whatever Saddam's reasons, nothing can justify the mass killing of innocents.

"The offenses attributable to ex-president Hussein since he came to power range from the supreme international crime of aggression to a wide variety of crimes against humanity," he wrote after Saddam was ousted in 2003. "A fair trial will achieve many goals. The victims would find some satisfaction in knowing that their victimizer was called to account and could no longer be immune from punishment for his evil deeds. Wounds can begin to heal. The historical facts can be confirmed beyond doubt. Similar crimes by other dictators might be discouraged or deterred in future. The process of justice through law, on which the safety of humankind depends, would be reinforced."

http://us.oneworld.net/article/view/138319/1/4536

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Under Bush Uno, Rumsfeld provided Saddam with the poison gas to use on the Kurds, and the United States, Under Bush Uno, gave weapons to the Iraqi's so they could fight a prolonged war that cost the lives of millions of people on both the Iraqi and Iranian side, therefore these murderers should now be tried for their complicity in those war crimes, as well as the 'fresh kills' of Bush II, the dictator, who attacked a country without provocation or justification. They need to be tried in the Hague and then put to death.

Absolutely, bush and cheney and many others should face the death penalty for murders and war crimes.

Impeachment and removal from office is just the beginning.

But saddam is an angel compared to this war mongering facist.

Bush is the new adolf hitler.

Hitler while presiding over mass murder had a clearly decipherable horrible doctrine, while Bush is completely amoral, and says and does anything. Bush is more like the decadent Roman emporers. The goal of both Hitler and Bush, however, was to usurp as much property (or gas for Bush, no pun intended.)

When Osama bin Laden attacked America, Bush was an instant hero for grabbing a megaphone like a cheerleader on Ground Zero. Now Bush has done more damage to the Iraqui people (BTW, they did America no harm), American soldiers and their families who have to caretake the maimed ones for the rest of their lives, and let's not forget our "Coalition of the Willing" and their dead and maimed soldiers.

On the scale of human tragedy events, Bush is worse.

PS This article should be posted everywhere and emailed to everyone.

IMPEACH PNAC> "OUT" THE CABAL !

http://tinyurl.com/a8uz9

Osama Bin Where = Bush. You are comparing the Same Apple to the Same Apple. What's the difference between a duck?

PNAC Blew up the World Trade Centers with Thermite.

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