I just found this today:
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney Convicted Of War Crimes
In the first verdict of its kind since former President George W. Bush left office, he and several members of his administration have been successfully convicted in absentia of war crimes in Malaysia.
Former President Bush, Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo that crafted the legal ‘justification’ for torture that basically said, ‘we can if we want to even if it’s illegal’ were the defendants. None were present, of course, but international war crime trials do not require the presence of the accused. The trial was run according to the standards set by the Nuremberg Trials to convict war criminals after World War II.
Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said, “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.
Let's be clear here, too. This is not about blaming him for any of our other, current problems or situations, far from it.
This is purely because he lied to us, the American public, about the situation in Iraq and then went against our own, internal, national laws as well as external, international ones, too, and attacked that foreign, sovereign nation pre-emptively and offensively.
Let me say again, folks: that's against international law. Period.
Then, too, there's this: "Bush and Cheney have not only brazenly admitted they authorized torture in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention, but bragged about it."
Somebody needed to do this. Thank goodness Malaysia and the Malaysians did.
We need more people and nations to do the same.
They likely won't, especially the more prominent, wealthy, Western nations and that's a shame.
There's something else to note about this good news here, too, though.
It hasn't been in our national news.
Not the major networks. Not one, I don't believe, and it shouldn't be overlooked. It's significant. As the article says, "It's a BFD."
Hopefully more countries follow their lead. We'll see. I'm not holding my breath.
The reason this is important is because it was all a lie and because it was against law and finally, because we need to learn from those mistakes.
This second Iraq War and anything like it needs to never be repeated.
If we don't learn, as a nation and a world, it likely will and there would be more needless deaths and tragedy.
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