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By Anonymous - Posted on 15 January 2009
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Barrack Obama has declared that he intends to restore the US's moral stature in the world. This is not possible without investigating abuses of human rights and war crimes committed by the US Administration and US military under the leadership of Bush and his officials. How can Obama justify any standpoint at all against Mugabe, Charles Taylor or any other politician who has committed such crimes if he is not willing to apply the law to Bush's administration? Bush started a war against Iraq on the basis of unfounded claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died as a result. Torture was practised against detainees in Guantanamo and the rule of law was flouted. If the US is not prepared to investigate and try its own war criminals and abusers of human rights, then the rest of the world must draw up a list of people and try them outside the US, if they ever put a foot out of the country...and, much though I looked forward to Obama's victory, if he is not willing to try Bush and his cronies, Barrack Obama must keep his sanctimonious mouth shut on the subject of human rights and moral stature. If he is not willing to try them because it would be detrimental to America's interests to be divided on such an issue with such big problems that have to be solved, then to the world it will once again be clear: the US's interests come first - what happens to the rest of the world is just "collateral damage" and they should have no expectation that justice will ever be done.
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