Gawker.com, 2 Sep 2012
In an op-edpublished today, Archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu does not mince words in his condemnation of the Iraq War:
The immorality of the United States and Great Britain’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history.
But the crux of Tutu’s argument is this — why aren’t George W. Bush and Tony Blair accountable for their crimes?
Tutu points out the different standards when it comes to dealing with people like Robert Mugabe and Osama bin Laden. He argues that Bush and Blair “stoop[ed] to [Saddam Hussein's] immoral level,” leading to the deaths of 110,000 Iraqis and 4,500 American soldiers. Not to mention the 32,000 soldiers wounded in battle.
On the basis of these figures, Tutu argues that Bush and Blair should be tried by the International Criminal Court.
Phi Beta Iota: Archbishop Tutu is correct in principle, but the better approach is an international Truth & Reconciliation Commission co-chaired by President Nelson Mandela and Minister-Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and including the final candidates from each of the four national parties being excluded from power by the two-party tyranny (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, and Reform) with Robert Steele as the senior intelligence advisor and someone like Derek Bok as the Chief of Staff. It is not difficult to arrive at the truth if you have Steele framing the investigation and Col Stu Herrington managing the Marriott Courtyard “guesthouse” for high-value “witnesses” summoned by the Commission and interrogated by Col Herrington’s team prior to their formal appearance. Such a Commission could reasonably include several sub-commissions, including one on 9/11, another on the financial co-conspiracy between the federal government and Wall Street, a third focused on a full accounting of US borrowing and spending from 2000 to date, and a fourth nurturing a national dialog leading to a constitutional convention and an Electoral Reform Act. Neither money nor manpower should be spared. It is time to reboot the world, and justice –tempered by forgiveness when truth is rendered – might best start in the USA.