Administration should be brought up on war crimes

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

I am tired of people calling the invasion of Iraq a “mistake.” Forgetting the wedding anniversary is a mistake, not planning ahead is a mistake, spending all money in a casino is a stupid mistake. But invading Iraq was a criminal act of the U.S. government and should be treated as such by the next administration and the international community.

 Why is murder a crime and war not so much? Certainly not because the president did so.

It looks like the world periodically needs to redraw the fading line between right and wrong, and we must do it now for the sake of future generations so that these things do not happen again. Without an official condemnation, history is more likely to repeat itself. Perhaps, the war in Iraq could have been prevented had the U.S. participation in the Vietnam war been classified as a crime.

This country needs to cleanse its conscience of the misdeeds committed in the last eight years in the name of liberty and peace. The judgment of the actions of the government of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney should not be left to history, but must be done in a court of law. They must face the United Nations War Crime Tribunal for starting the war and violating the Geneva Conventions, while the US courts should persecute them for lying to the Congress and the American people, for torture and intimidation, for illegal eavesdropping and bringing religion into the government, for abuse of power and corruption - in short, for violating the Constitution. If the country wants to reoccupy a moral high ground, it must restore justice, whatever it takes.  

For inspiration, one could look at Serbia, which against tremendous odds is successfully moving to join the European community. It finds the will to give up its suspected war criminals to the war tribunal in The Hague. The Nuremberg trials, of course, is another good example. There is a reason why in many places it is illegal to display swastika, but not hammer and sickle.

The question is, “does this county have the guts to do it?” Several weak attempts to impeach Mr. Bush did not gain much momentum in Congress. A wealth of intellectual thought, analysis and official reports on the actions of the administration exists already more than enough to provide material for an investigation of the government. There may not be enough outrage in the population at large, but this is where a new political leadership can step in and show the way.


Michael Barkhudarov

Los Alamos