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Received: 7 June 2010; in revised form: 23 June 2010 / Accepted: 30 June 2010 / Published: 6 July 2010
June 3, 2009
Nuremberg set a valid precedent for trials of war-crime suspects in Iraq’s destruction
The Japan Times 27 maggio 2009
NEW YORK — The Nuremberg Principles, a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi Party members, were developed to determine what constitutes a war crime. The principles can also be applied today when considering the conditions that led to the Iraq war and, in the process, to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, many of them children, and to the devastation of a country’s infrastructure.
The Honourable Ms. Luisa Morgantine, Vice-President; European Parliament
Members of the European Parliament Ladies and Gentlemen.
Allow me to thank you very much, as well as our colleagues who have given us this opportunity to have the honor in meeting with you and speaking to you to convey to you a clear and honest picture of the health situation as well as the dire humanitarian situation experienced by the afflicted people of Iraq. It is an excruciatingly tragic and unbearable situation which cries out to all the liberals of the world and to all those interested in the lives of people in this vast universe, to get seriously and effectively involved, to proclaim the word of truth and to standup and work to save mankind, to provide and preserve the minimum of the simplest and most basic rights for a happy and dignified life, freedom, secure habitat and prosperous employment in a state of mental and physical energy without suffering and pain, hardship and discrimination, especially when this person lives in a land and country like Iraq, to which God has given such great natural wealth of water, oil, precious metals, and a rich soil all of which guarantee achieving a decent living.
[The following is an excerpt of a speech
delivered in 1933 by Major General
Smedley Butler, former Commandant of
the United States Marine Corps.]
“War is just a racket. A racket is best
described, I believe, as something that is
not what it seems to the majority of the
people. Only a small inside group knows
what it is about. It is conducted for the
benefit of the very few at the expense of
the masses. .
Reflections on the targeted killings of academics on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq
Prof. Lieven De Cauter, President of the BRussells Tribunal (18 March 2010)
While the anniversary of the war in Iraq is approaching, I think of what I wrote seven years ago: that this illegal invasion had nothing to do with the war on terror but was planned well in advance and was not about bringing democracy but about the destruction of Iraq. I was openly taunted for it. At best, they considered me endearing or pathetic in my anger, but not on the level when it came to world politics.