In a show trial whose theatrical climax was clearly
timed to promote George W. Bush in the American midterm elections, Saddam Hussein
was convicted and sentenced to hang. Drivel about "end of an era"
and "a new start for Iraq" was promoted by the usual false moral accountants,
who uttered not a word about bringing the tyrant's accomplices to justice. Why
are these accomplices not being charged with aiding and abetting crimes against
Why isn't George Bush Sr. being charged?
In 1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a
cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments
being sent to Iraq via third countries. Missile technology was shipped to South
Africa and Chile, then "on sold" to Iraq, while US Commerce Department
records were falsified. Congressman Henry Gonzalez, chairman of the House of
Representatives Banking Committee, said: "[We found that] Bush and his
advisers financed, equipped, and succored the monster…."
Why isn't Douglas Hurd being charged? In 1981, as Britain's Foreign Office
minister, Hurd traveled to Baghdad to sell Saddam a British Aerospace missile
system and to "celebrate" the anniversary of Saddam's blood-soaked
ascent to power. Why isn't his former cabinet colleague, Tony Newton, being
charged? As Thatcher's trade secretary, Newton, within a month of Saddam gassing
5,000 Kurds at Halabja (news of which the Foreign Office tried to suppress),
offered the mass murderer £340 million in export credits.
Why isn't Donald Rumsfeld being charged? In December 1983, Rumsfeld was in
Baghdad to signal America's approval of Iraq's aggression against Iran. Rumsfeld
was back in Baghdad on March 24, 1984, the day that the United Nations reported
that Iraq had used mustard gas laced with a nerve agent against Iranian soldiers.
Rumsfeld said nothing. A subsequent Senate report documented the transfer of
the ingredients of biological weapons from a company in Maryland, licensed by
the Commerce Department and approved by the State Department.
Why isn't Madeleine Albright being charged? As President Clinton's secretary
of state, Albright enforced an unrelenting embargo on Iraq, which caused half
a million "excess deaths" of children under the age of five. When
asked on television if the children's deaths were a price worth paying, she
replied, "We think the price is worth it."
Why isn't Peter Hain being charged? In 2001, as Foreign Office minister, Hain
described as "gratuitous" the suggestion that he, along with other
British politicians outspoken in their support of the deadly siege of Iraq,
might find themselves summoned before the International Criminal Court. A report
for the UN secretary general by a world authority on international law describes
the embargo on Iraq in the 1990s as "unequivocally illegal under existing
human rights law," a crime that "could raise questions under the Genocide
Convention." Indeed, two past heads of the UN humanitarian mission in Iraq,
both of them assistant secretary generals, resigned because the embargo was
indeed genocidal. As of July 2002, more than $5 billion-worth of humanitarian
supplies, approved by the UN Sanctions Committee and paid for by Iraq, were
blocked by the Bush administration, backed by the Blair and Hain government.
These included items related to food, health, water, and sanitation.
Above all, why aren't Blair and Bush Jr. being charged with "the paramount
war crime," to quote the judges at Nuremberg and, recently, the chief American
prosecutor – that is, unprovoked aggression against a defenseless country?
And why aren't those who spread and amplified propaganda that led to such epic
suffering being charged? The New York Times reported as fact fabrications
fed to its reporter by Iraqi exiles. These gave credibility to the White House's
lies, and doubtless helped soften up public opinion to support an invasion.
Over here, the BBC all but celebrated the invasion with its man in Downing Street
congratulating Blair on being "conclusively right" on his assertion
that he and Bush "would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath."
The invasion, it is reliably estimated, has caused 655,000 "excess deaths,"
If none of these important people are called to account, there is clearly only
justice for the victims of accredited "monsters."
Is that real or fake justice?