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Reflections on the Invasion of Iraq: 10 Years Later in Light of Nuremberg

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
I have had a busy couple of days and have been doing a lot of writing and editing to a chapter of my Gettysburg text. But that being said the response of men like George Bush and Dick Cheney, who should be hauled into the dock by the International Criminal Court, charged with and convicted of War Crimes including torture, conspiracy to wage aggressive war, waging aggressive war and war crimes under the Geneva and Hague Conventions and the Nuremberg charges that we, as Americans, Britons, Frenchmen and our Allies leveled against Nazi leaders has angered me. Sadly, though they were at the highest level of policy making and decision making they not only led the United States into an illegal, immoral and criminal war, but they lied about it, covered it up and continue to justify their actions through sympathetic news outlets and pundits. The German war criminals at Nuremberg were never afforded that chance, and sadly, justice is denied because if we look at the standards that we laid forth at Nuremberg Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Bremer and possibly others would have already been hung until they ere dead from a gallows. Sadly, that will never happen. Bi=ut their actions have forever smeared and besmirched the reputation of a country, a country bigger than their agenda. The Senate report is devastating, but today Cheney on Fox News went out of his way to attempt to deny, obfuscate and blame others for his criminal actions. As an American, sworn to defend the Constitution of the United Staes I am disgusted by his comments today.
That being said I will post this tonight and most likely follow it up with a new post about this tomorrow.
Have a great night,
Padre Steve+

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“If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us.” Justice Robert Jackson International Conference on Military Trials, London, 1945, Dept. of State Pub.No. 3080 (1949), p.330.

In March 2003 I like many of us on active duty at the time saw the nation embark on a crusade to overthrow an admittedly thuggish criminal head of state, Saddam Hussein. The images of the hijacked airliners crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were still relatively fresh in our minds. The “evidence” that most of us had “seen,” the same that most Americans and people around the world were shown led many of us to believe…

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