Over the past few centuries, the United States has committed various war crimes that have gone unpunished. On the contrary, many of the most notorious war criminals including Barack Obama and Henry Kissinger have received awards for their actions, however, this is all about to change.
According to a U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, Judges Susan Graber and Andrew Hurwitz began a court hearing for Saleh v. Bush on December 12. George Bush isn’t the only one under fire, either. Included in the list of defendants is Dick Chaney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz.
Sundas Shaker Saleh is an Iraqi woman who alleges that Bush and his administration broke international and U.S law by planning and then executing their invasion against Iraq. In her own words, they are guilty of the “crime of aggression” that was defined as the “supreme international crime” during the 1946 Nuremberg Trials.
Back in 2014, Bush and the other defendants were provided immunity by the California court, and this is exactly what Saleh is appealing against. This is not her first attempt either. In 2013 she made attempts to take Bush to court on allegations of heinous war crimes, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) shut her down. Her case was dismissed by the court in December 2014, due to the Westfall Act of 1988, which provides immunity to former federal officials in civil lawsuits, if the court determines that they were acting within the rights of their position at the time the crimes were committed.
In this go around, Saleh argues that the invasion did not fall within the legitimate grounds of their position. A plethora of evidence suggests that the invasion took place due to the administration’s purposeful lies. Bush and his administration told the American people that Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction”, which was obviously a false claim that pushed towards a war effort that had no grounds to occur. What actually fueled the war effort, no pun intended, was the fact that Hussein had discontinued the selling of Iraqi oil for U.S dollars. Instead, he swapped to Euros.
“We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit will hear the argument. To my knowledge, this is the first time a court will entertain arguments that the Iraq War was illegal under domestic and international law,” Saleh’s attorney D. Inder Comar said. “This is also the first time since World War II that a court is being asked to scrutinize whether the war itself was an illegal act of aggression — a special war crime that was defined at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.”
The oral arguments on the case began on Monday at 9 a.m PST. If the case continues to advance, a new precedent could be set for various other leaders in the U.S as well as in foreign nations who have committed war crimes. U.K Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had his hand in the crimes committed in Iraq, could also be brought to justice. In order for justice to prevail, it would be the obviously correct thing to do to bring Bush to trial for his crimes, however, there is always the possibility that this will never take place due to the fact that the New World Order usually finds a way to protect their own kind.