Wednesday, September 05, 2007

War Crime

The antics of Lancet editor Richard Horton are endless fun. Here he describes the invasion of Iraq as a "monstrous war crime."

This Labour government, which includes Gordon Brown as much as it does Tony Blair, is party to a war crime of monstrous proportions. Yet our political consensus prevents any judicial or civil society response. Britain is paralysed by its own indifference.

At a time when we are celebrating our enlightened abolition of slavery 200 years ago, we are continuing to commit one of the worst international abuses of human rights of the past half-century. It is inexplicable how we allowed this to happen. It is inexplicable why we are not demanding this government's mass resignation.

Two hundred years from now, the Iraq war will be mourned as the moment when Britain violated its delicate democratic constitution and joined the ranks of nations that use extreme pre-emptive killing as a tactic of foreign policy. Some anniversary that will be.

This is consistent with what Roberts occasionally says (can't find a link just now) about whether or not he would ever release detailed data from L1. He would, if the International Criminal Court needed the evidence for war crime prosecutions, presumably against civilians leaders like Bush and Blair.


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