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     Mitt Romney has hired Bush/Cheney Foreign Policy Advisers who Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls war criminals for their fabricated intel and illegal invasion of Iraq where over 100,000 Iraqi civilian men, women and children have been murdered due to U.S. led illegal invasion.

      Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an OpEd in the London Newspaper, the Guardian's Observer outlining that Bush, Cheney, their Advisers (who are now Romney's Advisers), Tony Blair and his Advisers lied about weapons of mass destruction and says their plotted invasion of Iraq left the world more destabilized and divided than any other conflict in history

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.

~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu; September 2, 2012 "Why I Had No Choice But To Spurn Tony Blair" The Guardians Observer

     Tutu went on explaining the gravity of the criminal behavior of Romney's Foreign Policy Advisers along with Bush, Cheney and Blair:
... the then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us.
    Archbishop Tutu then explained that Bush, Cheney and Blair were plotting to invade Iraq regardless of imaginary WMD.
... Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as Mr Bush's chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein[.]
      For years Tony Blair has said he would have enabled Bush/Cheney and their Advisers to invade Iraq even without falsified intel:

     Tony Blair December 2009: In an excerpt from a BBC interview Tony Blair admitted that if the imaginary WMD argument had not worked in conning the world into supporting an Iraq invasion, Blair, Bush, Cheney and their Advisers would have trumped a new set of  arguments to invade.

INTERVIEWER: Would [you] still have gone on with plans to join the US-led invasion had [you] known at the time that there were no WMD.

BLAIR: "I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat."

      Archbishop Tutu described his phone call with then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice days before the Iraq invasion.

If leaders may lie, then who should tell the truth? Days before George W Bush and Tony Blair ordered the invasion of Iraq, I called the White House and spoke to Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, to urge that United Nations weapons inspectors be given more time to confirm or deny the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Should they be able to confirm finding such weapons, I argued, dismantling the threat would have the support of virtually the entire world. Ms Rice demurred, saying there was too much risk and the president would not postpone any longer.
    In the 2009 BBC interview, Tony Blair used the 1988 argument that because Saddam gassed his own people in 1988, 15 years prior to 2003 and three U.S. Presidents later, that in 2003 we should invade Iraq -hmmm....
BLAIR: "12 years of United Nations to and fro on this subject ... that Saddam had used chemical weapons on his own people, so this was obviously the thing that was uppermost in my mind - the threat to the region".
      At first, I thought Blair was wrong there, because in 2003, it was really 15 years, not 12years, that Iraq civilians were gassed.  Then it dawned me, Blair was talking about the 1991 decision of President H.W. Bush not invading Iraq after the Kuwait War.  

       So, Tony Blair was letting us know that in 1991 President HW Bush decided not to invade Iraq even though Saddam had gassed his people 3 years prior to 1991.  Hmmm... I find that very interesting.  

       What is also most interesting is that the "thing" that was "uppermost" in Blair's mind was an event that happened in 1988.  

Timeline:

1988: Saddam Hussein accused of gassing his own people. Saddam blames it on Iran, who they were at war with, for gassing anywhere from 3,200 - 5,000 people, injuring between 7,000- 10,000 more, most of them civilians.

1988, President Reagan Administration did not do a GD thing to Saddam for allegedly gassing his own people.  (At that time, many in Reagan's Administration had been indicted on illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran.)

1991, President H.W. Bush refused to invade Baghdad, even though, according to Tony Blair, discussions of invading Iraq were being discussed and ultimately rejected.

1993-2000, President Clinton saw no need to invade Iraq because of what happened in 1988.

       But in 2003, the uppermost thing in Tony Blair's mind that caused him, Tony Blair, to help Bush/Cheney and their Advisers (who are now Romney's Advisers) to falsify intel and lie the world into a 9 year war, was what Saddam did 15 long years before that.


         Desmond Tutu then gave the body count from the illegal invasion of Iraq:
The cost of the decision to rid Iraq of its by-all-accounts despotic and murderous leader has been staggering, beginning in Iraq itself. Last year, an average of 6.5 people died there each day in suicide attacks and vehicle bombs, according to the Iraqi Body Count project. More than 110,000 Iraqis have died in the conflict since 2003 and millions have been displaced. By the end of last year, nearly 4,500 American soldiers had been killed and more than 32,000 wounded.
    Tutu then wrote:
On these grounds alone, in a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague.
    "Those responsible" include Romney's Advisers who were Bush and Cheney Advisers.  

      Romney's Advisers, who are the same Bush/Cheney Advisers Tutu is talking about are now drumming the beat for an invasion of Iran.  

      I agree 100% with Desmond Tutu: Bush, Cheney, Romney's Advisers, Blair should be tried for war crimes and have destabilized and divided the mid-east.  

      IF: Romney becomes President and IF: His Advisers (who were Bush Cheney Advisers) lie us into an Iran invasion, THEN: Will Romney go down in History as a War Criminal just like Bush and Cheney will forever be known in history as un-indicted war criminals?

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  •  Under Clinton and with the help of US sanctions, (1+ / 0-)
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    jfdunphy

    500,000 Iraqi children died in the 90's.  

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:47:18 AM PDT

    •  So Take Tutu's Call (4+ / 0-)

      And expand in your own diary!!!!!!!!

      Frankly, it's the American people, and I'm assuming you are, who walk away Quickly from Accountability!!

      I walked away from those that stood beside me from the beginning in opposition as they quickly picked up the buckets filled with tea and continue doing just what the guilty want, forget what happened in Abandoning the Main Missions of why we sent troops into that region with the first drum beat pointed at Iraq and almost totally destroying a Country and it's People for their own personal reasons built on lies and stroked fears!!!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:55:14 AM PDT

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      •  Useless to write about that here. (0+ / 0-)

        That was my point.  As long as it's a republican, then democrats are all for war crime prosecrutions.  I don't play the partisan game when it comes to war and war crimes.

        "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

        by BigAlinWashSt on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:58:33 AM PDT

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        •  Saddam, not sanctions, killed those children (5+ / 0-)

          I have seen this canard trotted out so many time even though its an easily refuted argument. As you probably know there were specific exclusions in the sanctions for expenditures and supplies like those needed for public health. Saddam exploited the existence of sanctions to deflect blame for practically anything he was doing to his own people.

          Just ask the Iranians or Cubans how "devastating" sanctions are. The real problem with false equivalencies like yours on Clinton is that it debases the very real case against Bush and Blair for actual war crimes. Following your logic the leaders of US Congress and the European Union should be held accountable for food subsidies that cripple African agriculture and lead to famine. The connections are there and real, but no reasonable person would conclude that the intent of their legislation was to cause famine.

          In overextending the culpability argument you end up with no action at all, but maybe that's what you intended.

        •  I find your comment lacking (0+ / 0-)

          substance and highly insulting to me personally.

          I agree with Tutu, Bush, Cheney and their advisers who are now Romney's advisers should be tried for war crimes

          And if you think what they did is cool, then good for you ... enjoy your hate.

    •  The US Sanctions started in August 1988 (2+ / 0-)

      um ... that was Reagan.

      In 1990; Under President HW Bush Sanctions crippled Iraq as HW Bush imposed sanctions to keep Iraq from INVADING Kuwait.

      Seems to me that you want to blame Clinton for things that he and GOP are responsible for ... hhhmmmmm  

    •  Damn Almost Forgot (0+ / 0-)

      When writing it don't leave out poppy bush and the wink and nod which led to thousands getting bombed, their first taste of almost daily 9/11's to come, thus to the sanctions against the once good bud Saddam's regime!!

      The Country walked away from that one too!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 09:00:41 AM PDT

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  •  Just for the record, even the most... (7+ / 0-)

    ...conservative estimate of "extra" deaths in Iraq caused by the war exceeds 110,000.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:01:07 AM PDT

  •  I happen to believe that Barack Obama is (0+ / 0-)

    an honorable man and that the explanation he gave for withholding the images of what American troops did in Iraq, as long as the troops were still in country and in danger of retaliation, was sincere. I also believe that had Republicans not captured the House in 2010, there would have been investigations launched to explore both the war and the lies.
    Since war crimes were committed, it is never too late and if the Democrats get back the House in 2012, the truth can be and will be revealed, especially if the engineered recession has abated.
    Why do I think the recession was engineered?  Because the people who engineered it have all recovered, demonstrating that it wasn't supposed to last longer than necessary to make the argument that it's bad to change horses mid-stream and give McCain a boost.  The timing was off.  Then, to validate that the catastrophe was real, they had to make it so. And the charade continues. The money men are rolling in cash and refusing to increase wages so the people have something to spend because the people's President has to be defeated.
    It's the conspirators' last chance.  If the Democrats take over on Capitol Hill they will do what Desmond Tutu is calling for.

    We keep thinking that when people do wrong, they may not admit it, but they'll change and try to make amends.  Not so.  Evil doers will double down as if to PROVE they weren't wrong.

    Willard is the perfect figurehead for the cabal.  His cluelessness is cover for what is supposed to come as a surprise -- the bombing of Iran that's been on the wish list all along.  Just so nobody will be called to account for killing more people.
    Willard is a vicarious cannibal.  He destroys and consumes people symbolically, using money and the law.  The people who engineered the assault on Iraq are a little different.  They're triangulators who instigate actual slaughters by soldiers who then pay the psychological price.
    Jesus of Nazareth consented to being sacrificed in hopes of bringing an end to humans killing their own kind.  It didn't work. "Sacrifices" continue apace.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:28:52 AM PDT

  •  Tutu is a world statesman (2+ / 0-)
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    Along with my hero of all time: Nelson Mandela.

    I am so proud of him speaking up about Bush/Blair and keeping the moral necessity of prosecution alive and well.  And as the diarist has pointed out, it is curious to see the shaky line of their justifications.

    I have often thought that if Nixon et al were not pardoned but prosecuted, then we wouldn't have been saddled with the likes of Rumsfield and Cheney and their spawn.

    Obviously they Tutu speaks from a different mindset that the corporatist 'win at any cost; exploit at any cost; might makes right' crowd who wouldn't know a moral argument if they fell over it.

    Let us all hope for our sakes that the younger generation is producing such like minded statesmen/women as Tutu and Mandela.

    The world is in danger of being overtaken by corporate philosophy and morals.  The former is 'profit at any cost,' and the latter is totally Randian: 'the cannibalism of many to satisfy the unsatiable greed of the the few.'

    Global Flooding, Frying and Wind Destruction = Climate Change! Call it like it is! Our Survival Instinct can and will conquer Greed.

    by SeaTurtle on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:35:17 AM PDT

  •  Hafta' put this in here: (4+ / 0-)
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    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 08:50:04 AM PDT

  •  So sad to go through the timeline and (0+ / 0-)

    remember all the shit...

    If people would prosecute war criminals as fast as criminals make wars ...

  •  Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

    the war crime Tutu is rightly accusing them of, "waging aggressive war" (ie not in self defence after an attack) is not within the competence of the ICC.

    Unlike virtually all other war crimes, it was excluded until 2010 and the agreement is not retrospective.


    What is a crime of aggression?

    As adopted by the Assembly of States Parties during the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, held in Kampala (Uganda) between 31 June and 11 May 2010, a “crime of aggression” means the planning, preparation, initiation or execution of an act of using armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State.

    The act of aggression includes, among other things, invasion, military occupation, and annexation by the use of force, blockade of the ports or coasts, if it is considered being, by its character, gravity and scale, a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.

    The perpetrator of the act of aggression is a person who is in a position effectively to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a State.


    When will the Court have jurisdiction over the crime of aggression?

    The Court may exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, subject to a decision to be taken after 1 January 2017 by a two-thirds majority of States Parties and subject to the ratification of the amendment concerning this crime by at least 30 States Parties.

    http://www.icc-cpi.int/...{D788E44D-E292-46A1-89CC-D03637A52766}&NRORIGINALURLMenus/ICC/About+the+Court/Frequently+asked+Questions&NRCACHEHINT=Guest#id_9

    Continuing on a TV near you; "The Magical Mitt Sorry Tour (Underpants Edit)"

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 10:05:49 AM PDT

  •  Why (0+ / 0-)

    do think neither Bush , Cheney, Rummy, and a whole lot of others won't leave the country...About a year ago, one of them, I think it was FURIOUS GEORGE, was going to Sweden, or some European country, and at the last minute, canceled...They do not want to be arrested as War Criminals, They won't even go to Canada...

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