Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick…
Okay. This is how you do it.
Last week, we called for full US ratification of the ICC in The Hague. We’ve got the process started, it’s moving along nicely and gathering momentum… Well done, all.
This week, we segue rather appropriately into a call for the re-opening of the investigation into the Iraq War. But not that tired, worn out investigation that was shoved awkwardly on a public altogether too willing to look the other way. No. This time we call for a genuine investigation replete with lots and lots of subpoenas and open-door sessions.
The two concepts – recognizing The Hague and re-investigating the Iraq War – work hand-in-hand and one is insufficient without the other. (Really…did you think we would work towards ratification of the ICC in The Hague just for the fun of it? Nah. There’s a reason behind this rhyme.)
Full recognition of the jurisdictional authority of the ICC in The Hague is the required precursor to re-opening the Iraq War investigation. Again, one is insufficient without the other.
Our new Iraq War Investigation must include everything: the propagandized run-up to the invasion and why it was pushed so hard on a conveniently naive American public sans any hard evidence; Bush administration insistence upon acceptance of the Iraq Hydrocarbon Bill (and who really authored and benefited from it Wolfowitz); the widespread use of torture as an interrogation technique; rendition; the public-private partnership that resulted in public payouts on no-bid Iraq contractor agreements; the insistence on the expulsion from Iraq of UN Weapon Inspector Hans Blix whose evidence ran contrary to the Bush propaganda machine, et. al.
Where fussier schools of political thought might have required concrete evidence prior to an Iraq invasion, the Bush administration was never hampered by such. In the final analysis, the Bush administration illegally invaded a foreign regime. The act was illegal because the regime had neither attacked nor overtly threatened us. And illegally invading a foreign country is, well, illegal…. at least in the eyes of the ICC in The Hague.
So here is The Cure for the wound that will not heal: Step 1) Recognize The Hague + Step 2) Re-open a real Iraq War investigation, the combination of which results in Step 3) Identification and punishment of Bush administration War Criminals.
It’s time for the majority to rule…and looking the other way – pretending an illegal invasion was somehow justified – will no longer work. It’s time to get this job done.