May 11th, 2012
In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were today (Friday) found guilty of war crimes.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.
The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president of the tribunal Tan Sri Dato Lamin bin Haji Mohd Yunus Lamin, found that the prosecution had established beyond a “reasonable doubt that the accused persons, former President George Bush and his co-conspirators engaged in a web of instructions, memos, directives, legal advice and action that established a common plan and purpose, joint enterprise and/or conspiracy to commit the crimes of Torture and War Crimes, including and not limited to a common plan and purpose to commit the following crimes in relation to the “War on Terror” and the wars launched by the U.S. and others in Afghanistan and Iraq.” [emphasis mine]
It was only a matter of time. Wonder if this will affect their international travel.
Doesn't mean a damned thing. It's unlikely that any of the parties named in the indictment will either have reason or desire to travel to Malaysia, and if they do have business there, surrogates would likely be employed to whatever purpose. I doubt that even the International Criminal Court would create any more impact than the declaration of the Malaysian court, as the US does not (to my knowledge) recognize the authority of the ICC.
Bush will skate on this, as will Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of them. I don't like it, but the only courts that might actually have an impact on their actions while in office are those of the United States ... and I'm not going to hold my breath for expecting them to act.
I wonder how many other Muslim nations will follow suit?
Your very astute in your observation, It is in fact a spade. My fear is Muslim countries will exploit this as a religious conflict, which sadly George Bush made so in his believing his intentions were of God as he conveyed to the French in his request for help in Iraq.