Monday, August 28, 2006

Bush should be prosecuted for aggressive war: Nuremburg prosecutor

President Bush should stand trial for starting a war of aggression. This assertion was made not by some far left agitators but by an American chief prosecutor at the Nuremburg war crimes trials of former Nazis.

A lot of people think that punishing crimes against humanity was the sole purpose of the Nuremburg trials. In fact, holding the Nazis account for their wars of aggression were in fact a main objective of the trials.

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 (Hussein) should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars--Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Clearly, the unprovoked invasion of Iraq, for excuses that were dubious even at the time and throughly discredited now, constituted an aggression. A "pre-emptive" war against a non-imminent threat is, by definition, a war of aggression.

Ferencz deplored the US government's hostility toward international institutions.

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.

He noted that any effective semblance of an international justice system must treat all violations equally, not based on the global power of the perpetrators.

Forget boogeymen like Michael Moore and the Dixie Chicks. When the guy who convicted Nazis thinks you belong in the dock, that's a pretty serious indictment.

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