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Republicans and the Iraq War: Ten Years Later

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What can we do to get the message through to these intellectual and moral dead-enders? I think I know.

Speaking for the United States, in his opening address to the Nuremberg Tribunal, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson asserted: "This inquest represents the practical effort of four of the most mighty of nations, with the support of 17 more, to utilize international law to meet the greatest menace of our times -- aggressive war." [Michael R. Marrus, The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial 1945-46, p. 80]

Article 6 of the Tribunal's Charter lists "Crimes against Peace; namely, planning, preparation, initiation or waging war of aggression" [Ibid, p. 52] as its first and foremost crime. And in its indictment of notorious Nazis, the Tribunal listed as "Count One" the "conspiracy" to commit "Crimes against Peace, in that the defendants planned, prepared, initiated and waged wars of aggression." [Ibid, 58]

"Allied prosecutors hoped that Nuremberg would hold a mirror up to the German nation and compel ordinary Germans to recognize the Nazi crimes." [The Legacy of Nuremberg, documentary project of Minnesota Public Radio and NPR News, July 2002] Americans, especially the ignorant and morally debased two-thirds of Republicans who still support Bush's invasion of Iraq, would benefit were the International Criminal Court to conduct a war crimes trial of Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell and Wolfowitz.

What Justice Robert H. Jackson said about the Nazi war criminals in 1945 applies equally to Bush and his men today: "These men were of a station and rank which does not soil its own hands with blood. They were men who knew how to use lesser folk as tools. We want to reach the planners and designers, the inciters and leaders without whose evil architecture the world would not have been for so long scourged with violence and lawlessness and wracked with the agonies and convulsions, of this terrible war"." [Marrus, p. 83]

Following the line of thinking recently expressed by former Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Desmond Tutu, they all need to stand trial -- even if in absentia -- before the International Criminal Court

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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San (more...)
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