"Naturally, the common people don't want war. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. 'voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
When war criminal Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trial in 1946 said the above, he didn't realize he was a prophet. This statement fits George Bush like a glove.
I want the United Nations to formally charge Bush and the United States with war crimes in Iraq. Below is a first draft copy of the proposed indictment.
The United Nations Charges:
The United States president is sworn to uphold the Constitution and represent the American people responsibly and to seek through its own creation, the United Nations, peaceful resolutions to crisis unless all other options have been exhausted.
- From in or about 2001, through 2003, the defendants George Bush and Richard (Dick) Cheney knowingly, willfully and unlawfully concocted a scheme to convince the American people that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction as they put it, "such as the world had never seen," and intended to use these weapons in an attack upon the United States, and that such an attack was imminent.
- It was the object of the conspiracy to use war to replace the leader of Iraq, to do a regime change, because said leader was acting in a bellicose manner after previous American administrations had professed friendship, guaranteed the sovereignty of, equipped with military hardware, and encouraged said Iraq leader in military adventurism prompting him to believe he could invade Kuwait in 1990 without repercussion. Thus, the United States itself was a party to laying the groundwork for a miscalculation that led to war.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy to use the attacks on the World Trade Center of 9-11, 2001 to create a climate of fear and hysteria by falsely connecting Iraq to the event, when it had in fact no involvement at all. Said defendants Bush and Cheney used 9-11 to gain public support for war against Iraq.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy to end a United Nations weapons inspection process in Iraq when it became clear that no such weapons were being found, the defendants Bush and Cheney realizing that if the situation continued, the war would be harder to sell.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy that Iraq possessed rich oil reserves that could be controlled by the installation of a new government and that said defendants Bush and Cheney knew this and that contracts to rebuild war damage could be farmed out to American companies such as Halliburton, thus allowing the United States to acquire by force Iraq's economy.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy that once war was underway, the defendants and their coconspirators maintained a campaign of lies and disinformation to keep Congress and the American people compliant. Too numerous to include all, two examples are: For two years the defendants sought unsuccessfully to prove that an Iraqi weather balloon van was a mobile chemical weapons lab. On another occasion, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell was given a prepared statement to read to the public, and angrily threw the paper down and said, "I'm not going to read this shit!" Powell, who eventually was asked to resign for being too honest, has since openly expressed regret for being a dupe in the plot. In addition, defendants Bush and Cheney fired military officers or advisors who expressed doubt about the operation or raised troubling questions.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy in that once war was underway; the defendants conducted it in an incompetent manner. As an example, troops were sent into combat without flak vests, leading to further American casualties.
- It was further a part of the conspiracy to gain revenge on an official who was sent to Africa to see if a country there had sold "yellow pancake," an ingredient in weapons of mass destruction, to Iraq. A report by the official that found no such transaction had taken place led the defendants and coconspirators to leak the identity of the official's wife, who was an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Congress is complicit as an accomplice in that they cowardly failed to do their job and raise tough questions and simply bought the falsehoods of the defendants, thereby becoming a rubber stamp.
George Bush, 9-11
George Bush on 9-11, ground zero: "I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon..." |
- The resulting war killed half a million people and destroyed Iraq resulting in widespread suffering and damage, far beyond the numbers of "evil people" the defendants said the war was being fought to bring to justice. Thousands of "innocents" were killed, whose only guilt was living in the wrong country, including women and children caught in the resulting cross fire. The war also resulted in the loss, perhaps for decades, of the United States being considered a humanitarian nation in the eyes of the world, despite the debate whether that designation was ever truly deserved.
- The war and the power vacuum it left after the deposing of Iraq's leader gave Al-Qaeda an opportunity to establish a base there to conduct operations. Al-Qaeda had not been in Iraq before this.
- The war in Iraq resulted in the war in Afghanistan being largely ignored, which in turn led to deterioration in the situation in Afghanistan.
- It is clear that the American government, and many of its people, want to shrug and forget the whole thing. This is an immoral position that operates under the supposition that because the United States is powerful and in control, it can do something wrong and simply walk away from it.