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Quid Pro Quo (December 15th, 2013)

 

People everywhere seem to believe that US President George W. Bush's administration used America's 9/11 tragedy as excuse for war. Some even believe there was intentional misleading of the American people, Congress, and the entire rest of the world about imminent threats. Examples can include the alleged Iraqi WMD stockpiles because enormously indefensible intelligence errors would be required to call the invasion of that sovereign nation an "honest mistake". US officials' calloused disregard for the havoc wreaked on others is implicitly conveyed in remarks of an elitist VP like "the world is better off without [Hussein] anyway1", a comment dismissing unjust atrocities suffered by innocents as no more consequential than collateral damage of rural fly-swatting.

And if war alone were not enough, for the first time since WWII and Nuremberg despicable barbarism became openly fashionable policy for a very powerfully militarized government. In dealing with suspected enemies the leader of the free world overtly, internationally, and almost proudly resorted to kidnapping, torture, indefinite clandestine incarceration, and hosts of additional sins in defiance of its own constitutional values, Magna Charta principles, and core ethics of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Astonishing is a lack of American outrage over it all. It is virtually unbelievable that few members of congress opposed legislation nullifying the nation's foundational principles while promoting de facto fascism and unilaterally claiming American barbarism to be legal worldwide in the face of international law.

Inside US government circles lies specific culpability for unwarranted and unnecessary deaths of half a million innocent Iraqi citizens2 not to mention the anticipated therefore presumably acceptable NATO losses. But irrespective of numbers and with plenty of obvious blame to go around, busywork Americans just don't seem to care. Washington facilitates it all and cultivates forgetfulness as the revenue streams flow and suspects can be kidnapped, tortured, and incarcerated indefinitely without due process while US authorities publicly pretend to wonder about root causes of terrorism.

Nonetheless the planet still harbors informed well-intentioned citizens of other nations3 who care about both progressive civilization and humanitarian issues. Malaysia for example wants both formal warfare and needless slaughter criminalized and toward that end hosts the impressively staffed and largely symbolic Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT). Unfortunately the Tribunal has no real clout and can only record the names of guilty parties in its own Register of War Criminals and report judicial findings to The Hague's International Criminal Court. Nevertheless on November 22, 2011, in absentia proceedings found George W Bush and Tony Blair guilty4 of crimes against peace and humanity as well as genocide because of their parts in the Iraq War. Some believe this finding also gave impetus to NDAA 2012 detention provisions5 in additional lame attempt to obfuscate any future adjudications possibly filtered through US law.

In any case KLWCT's impressively conducted proceedings reportedly adhered to protocols established at Nuremberg after WWII, and even though the trial was largely symbolic it nonetheless is considered by thinking earthlings a step in the right direction. Thankfully KLWCT efforts are continuous and in May 2012, the Tribunal also found George W. Bush and key players of his administration, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, and others "On the charge of Crime of Torture and War Crimes ... guilty as charged and convicted as war criminals for Torture and Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment of the Complainant War Crime Victims6".

Any just God can well bless America, universal humanitarian interests, and the living planet by blessing and condoning the efforts of KLWCT along with its findings. When paranoid US government stops treating everyone else as inferior enemies, even its own citizens, everyone else likely will react accordingly, perhaps even in contagious humanitarian ways. Real leaders strive for equitable harmony rather than monopoly and contention so freely giving in order to get might be worth a shot. Quid pro quo you know.

 

Endnotes:
On 02/11/2017 "criminalisewar.org" is listed as an expired domain and the site is not currently accessible. Consequently endnotes 3, 4. and 6 have non-functioning links until that domain is revived.

1 Michael Gawenda, 2006. "World better off without Saddam, says Cheney". Smh.com.au. Last retrieved February 04, 2016. (http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/world-better-off-without-saddam-says-cheney/2006/09/11/1157826874481.html).
2Kerry Sheridan. 2014. "Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion, New Study Says". Huffingtonpost.com. Last retrieved February 04, 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/iraq-death-toll_n_4102855.html).
3Criminalisewar.org. "The Founder". Last retrieved February 04, 2016. (http://criminalisewar.org/the-founder/)..
4Criminalisewar.org. 2011. "Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal". Last retrieved February 04, 2016. (http://criminalisewar.org/media-centre/documents/kl-war-crimes-tribunal/)..
5Michael McAuliff. 2012. "NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision Mysteriously Stripped From Bill". Huffingtonpost.com. Last retrieved February 04, 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/ndaa-indefinite-detention_n_2326225.html).
6Criminalisewar.org. 2012. "PRESS RELEASE: Bush and Associates Found Guilty of Torture". Last retrieved February 04, 2016. http://criminalisewar.org/press-release-bush-and-associates-found-guilty-of-torture/)..

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