Mon, Feb. 24

Letter: War anniversary brings questions of ‘mistakes’


Expressing it in biblical terms, this is the year of our Lord 2013. It is the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war.

Much hand-wringing and many exercises in reflection upon our collective, retrospective feelings about the war are occurring this year.

The primary question put forth by corporate media for consumption by the American people is whether the decision to go to war in Iraq was a “mistake.” The Military Industrial Complex [MIC] wants us to think about the war as a “mistake.”

This is supposed to cause Americans to engage in an examination of their feelings about the war and engender the appropriate contrition for the devastation of a country that had done no wrong to America; represented no existential threat to America or the American people and occurred because the President of the United States, Bush II [the war criminal] lied to the US Congress and the American people about the involvement of Iraq in the attack on American soil on September 11, 2001.

Furthermore, Bush II, in conjunction with his cabal of criminals lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] including ones that would create a “mushroom cloud” [clearly a reference to a nuclear explosive device].

The question that I want answered is whether the Iraq war was a “war crime.” Clearly, it was a war crime.

The effort to diminish the impact of the criminal behavior of the Bush administration by dismissing the Iraq war as a “mistake” is reprehensible.

Those who knowingly and willfully lied to the U.S. Congress and the American people to engage us in a war in Iraq [principally Bush II and his co-conspirators Dick Cheney; Condeleeza Rice; Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and others] are war criminals. In our constitutional republic and under international law, they are legally accountable for their war crimes.

They must be arrested, prosecuted and convicted of war crimes and imprisoned for those war crimes. Anything less is an insult to our constitutional form of government that allegedly relies upon the “rule of law” as the fundamental basis of our democracy.

By referring to the war as a “mistake,” we allow not only ourselves but also those war criminals that represented us, to dismiss it as something insignificant and seemingly unimportant. War crimes are important. They do matter. When we as a people accept that our leadership can engage in war crimes with impunity, we undermine our own freedom and demonstrate our willingness to surrender our democratic principles for political expediency and economic gain.

In acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the illegal and immoral Iraq war, let us never succumb to the temptation to dismiss the war as a “mistake.”

John A. Bond


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