When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother of three, lost her home and her property, and was forced to flee to Jordan.
A decade later, Saleh is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against six key members of the Bush administration. They're arguing that, since the war was not conducted in self-defense, and did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, it constituted a "crime of aggression" under international law.
On August 20th the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in the case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law. We can't accept this. We demand that these war criminals come forward and hold themselves accountable for the tragic consequences that the war had for Saleh's family and countless other Iraqi civilians.
Hope of Healing
for Sundus Shaker Saleh, Iraqi Mother, with my love.
© 2013 by Alice Walker
In our despair that justice is slow
we sit with heads bowed
we will ever be healed.
Perhaps it is a question
only the ravaged