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Legal Case Filed Against Four US Presidents For War Crimes

The intended destruction or genocide of Iraq as a state and nation has been ongoing for 19 years, combining the imposition of the most draconian sanctions regime ever designed and that led to 1.5 million Iraqi deaths, including 500,000 children, with a war of aggression that led to the violent deaths of over one million more.
Legal Case Filed Against Four US Presidents And Four UK Prime Ministers For War Crimes

Posted on October 7, 2009 by dandelionsalad

 http://www.brusselstribunal.org

For Justice For Iraq: Legal Case Filed Against Four US Presidents And Four UK Prime Ministers For War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide In Iraq

For immediate release

Date: 7 October 2009

MADRID: Today the Spanish Senate, acting to confirm a decision already taken under pressure from powerful governments accused of grave crimes, will limit Spain's laws of universal jurisdiction. Yesterday, ahead of the change of law, a legal case was filed at the Audiencia Nacional against four United States presidents and four United Kingdom prime ministers for commissioning, condoning and/or perpetuating multiple war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Iraq.

This case, naming George H W Bush, William J Clinton, George W Bush, Barack H Obama, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Anthony Blair and Gordon Brown, is brought by Iraqis and others who stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people and in defence of their rights and international law.

Iraq: 19 years of intended destruction

The intended destruction or genocide of Iraq as a state and nation has been ongoing for 19 years, combining the imposition of the most draconian sanctions regime ever designed and that led to 1.5 million Iraqi deaths, including 500,000 children, with a war of aggression that led to the violent deaths of over one million more.

Destroying Iraq included the purposeful targeting of its water and sanitation system, attacking the health of the civilian population. Since 1990, thousands of tons of depleted uranium have been dropped on Iraq, leading in some places to a 600 per cent rise in cancer and leukaemia cases, especially among children. In both the first Gulf War and "Shock and Awe" in 2003, an air campaign that openly threatened "total destruction", waves of disproportionate bombing made no distinction between military and civilian targets, with schools, hospitals, mosques, churches, shelters, residential areas, and historical sites all destroyed.

Destroying Iraq included promoting, funding and organizing sectarian and ethnic groups bent on dividing Iraq into three or more sectarian or ethnic entities, backed by armed militias that would terrorize the Iraqi people. Since 2003, some 4.7 million Iraqis one fifth of the population have been forcibly displaced. Under occupation, kidnappings, killings, extortion and mutilation became endemic, targeting men, women and even children and the elderly.

Destroying Iraq included purposefully dismantling the state by refusing to stop or stem or by instigating mass looting, and by engaging in ideological persecution, entailing "manhunting", extrajudicial assassinations, mass imprisonment and torture, of Baathists, the entire educated class of the state apparatus, religious and linguistic minorities and Arab Sunnis, resulting in the total collapse of all public services and other economic functions and promoting civil strife and systematic corruption.

In parallel, Iraq's rich heritage and unique cultural and archaeological patrimony has been wantonly destroyed.

In order to render Iraq dependent on US and UK strategic designs, successive US and UK governments have attempted to partition Iraq and to establish by military force a pro-occupation Iraqi government and political system. They have promoted and engaged in the massive plunder of Iraqi natural resources, attempting to privatize this property and wealth of the Iraqi nation.

Humanity at stake

This is but the barest summary of the horrors Iraq has endured, based on lies that nobody but cowed governments and complicit media believed. In 2003, millions worldwide were mobilized in opposition to US/UK plans. In going ahead, the US and UK launched an illegal war of aggression. Accountability has not been established.

The persons named in this case have each played a key role in Iraq's intended destruction. They instigated, supported, condoned, rationalized, executed and/or perpetuated or excused this destruction based on lies and narrow strategic and economic interests, and against the will of their own people. Allowing those responsible to escape accountability means such actions could be repeated elsewhere.

It is imperative now to establish accountability for US and UK war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq because:

Every Iraqi victim deserves justice.

Everyone responsible should be accountable.

We are before immoral and unlawful acts, contrary to the basis on which the international order of state sovereignty and peace and security rests. Whereas the official international justice system is closed before the suffering of those that imperialism makes a target, through this case we try to open a channel whereby the conscience of humanity can express its solidarity with justice for victims of imperial crimes.

Ad Hoc Committee For Justice For Iraq

Press contacts:

Hana Al Bayaty, Executive Committee, BRussells Tribunal

+34 657 52 70 77 or +20 10 027 7964 (English and French)  hanaalbayaty@gmail.com

Dr Ian Douglas, Executive Committee, BRussells Tribunal, coordinator, International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq

+20 12 167 1660 (English)  iandouglas@USgenocide.org

Amanda Nuredin, +34 657 52 70 77 (Spanish)  justiciaparairak@gmail.com

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, Executive Committee, BRussells Tribunal

+33 471 461 197 (Arabic)  albayaty_abdul@hotmail.com



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Not SURE that I understnad 09.Oct.2009 05:06

Mike Novack

And the intent is what?

To show the Spanish courts are impotent to enforce their judgements?

Or do you SERIUOSLY imagine that Spain could defeat the US. Need to understand how this works. FIRST you defeat some country in battle and THEN you get to try its leaders for war crimes if you want. The other way around doesn't work.

You sign yourself "Impeach Obama". Do you imagine that you have much if any more than the most miniscule amount of support for that here? Or that what support you might find is on your side of the issues? (yes there are some RIGHT WINGERS who want to impeach Obama)

"Right" & "Left" 09.Oct.2009 08:14

Den Mark, Vancouver

You seem to imply, Mike, that left-wingers support Obama. If that is so, it shows how meaningless words like "left" have become. "Left" is now center, or even right of center. And as i peruse these pages, i see vacuum here about Obama, where last year there were many messages of support & praise. Are his supporters experiencing cognitive dissonance? They should be. What exactly has Obama done to advance the radical progressive cause for justice & peace. Nothing, actually. Opposite is true, actually. Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Honduras, the list is long, of places where U.S. foreign policy continues unbroken from Bush years. Of course, with people like Hillary & Rahm in charge, it's no surprise. So Obama has won Nobel Peace Prize. Too bad. At best, it's premature. At worst, it's cynical & political. Too bad Peace Prize is decided by Norwegians instead of Swedes, who award Science prizes. Well, i voted for Cynthia McKinney, & am prouder than ever that i did. No hope should be invested in the two major parties. They reek with the stench of death. I feel gratitude to Spanish courts, for advancing truth. Whether or not they can ultimatey succeed is irrelevant. Truth matters. Obama's words of contempt for G-20 protesters, of which i was one, made very clear what he stands for, id est, the opposites of truth, justice, & peace. Viva la verdad!

Obama is just as much a Zionist as Bush was 09.Oct.2009 11:14

Jody Paulson

though he's admittedly slicker and more intelligent. I suppose if Cheney/Palin were elected we'd have attacked Iran already. But you don't give a guy the Nobel Peace Prize for escalating war in Afghanistan, do you? Obama promised to close down Guantanamo, and the last time I checked it was still open. He promised to end war, and what the hell are we still doing? (BTW, I voted for Cynthia McKinney, too.) Just as the Dems did in the 2006 election, Obama has effectively co-opted leftist energy and let the banksters loot the people's money.  http://smokingmirrors.blogspot.com/2009/10/mr-president-you-are-low-down-snake.html

Obama is exactly what he told you he would be 12.Oct.2009 17:39

StevetheGreen

The hard truth that so many self described progressives don't want to admit is that Obama outlined who he is and what he was going to do in some detail during his campaign.
Why ANYBODY is surprised that he has governed as the corporatist militarist that he campaigned as, is truly beyond me.
To begin with, he told you WHO he was when he said Afghanistan was the "right war".
He also told you in a myriad of subtle and (not so subtle) ways what type of president he would be.
Some of you just didn't want to hear it.

But anybody who is even "semi-politically sophisticated and informed" knew damm well that Barack Obama did not represent real change. And if they didn't, they should have.
I mean did they really think the Corporate bought and sold imperialist bomb dropping Democratic party would nominate someone who represented a true threat to the status quo???
Have they paid ANY attention (even a little bit) to the history of the voting record of the Democratic party? Obviously not.

The people who voted for him are just to embarassed to admit that they succumbed to the lesser of two evils (yet again) and now they are tying to blame their vote on hope.
But that don't fly with me jack.

They are the people to blame for why we can't begin to mobilize a movement and I damm tired of making excuses for them because they have some naive notion of hope!
And because their too damm afraid to actually find out the truth about everything from capitalism to their own responsibility for their contribution to the death of the planet.
It's so much easier to put their Kucinich and KBOO stickers on their Prius while they smile and speak of "hope"
.....as if hope has anything to do with it.