Desmond Tutu: Blair & Bush should face trial over Iraq War


Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.

Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilised and divided "than any other conflict in history".

Writing in the Observer, Tutu also suggests the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran.

"The then leaders of the United States and Great Britain," Tutu argues, "fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us."

But it is Tutu's call for Blair and Bush to face justice in The Hague that is most startling. Claiming that different standards appear to be set for prosecuting African leaders and western ones, he says the death toll during and after the Iraq conflict is sufficient on its own for Blair and Bush to be tried at the ICC.

"On these grounds, alone, in a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in The Hague," he says.

The court hears cases on genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. To date, 16 cases have been brought before the court but only one, that of Thomas Lubanga, a rebel leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been completed. He was sentenced earlier this year to 14 years' imprisonment for his part in war crimes in his home country.

Irish Anti War Movement shows Solidarity with the South African Marikana miners

Irish Anti War Movement shows Solidarity with the South African Marikana miners


On Monday 20th August members of civil society gathered outside the South African embassy in Dublin to protest the massacre of the Marikana miners. During a strike over pay, more than 34 miners were killed when police opened fire into an un – armed crowd. Those who spoke at the protest included Brendan Archbold, Trade Union official for the Dunnes Stores strike against Apartheid, representatives from Labour Youth, the Irish Anti War Movement and the Socialist Workers Party. The protesters called for Ireland’s Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs              Eamon Gilmore, to condemn the massacre and immediately summons the South African ambassador to be called to account. They also called for in independent international enquiry into the murders and for an end to military violence against civilian people.  

IAWM Bulletin – 2012 August Newsletter


1. IAWM NEWSLETTER - August 2012
 - Assange Case; Exposes the Hypocrisy of the British Government, Yet Again
 - Islamophobia, the left and the Arab Spring

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Monday 20th August 1pm - 2pm South African Embassy - Earlsfort Ct,
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

In response to the massacre of up to 50 striking platiunum miners in Marikana, South Africa a protest has been called to condemn the actions of the police firing assault rifles on virtually defenseless workers.

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Palestine: Haneen Zoabi MK, Eamonn McCann, Mairead Corrigan McGuire & Martin O'Quigley speak in Belfast

Amnesty Internationals support for imperialist occcupation

By Ashley Smith (USA)

MOST PEOPLE associate Amnesty International with challenging torture, protesting the death penalty and agitating for the liberation of political prisoners. On top of these important campaigns, Amnesty has over the last decade opposed the Iraq war and demanded the closure of America's concentration camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

So antiwar activists in Chicago were shocked during last May's NATO Summit to find that Amnesty International USA had plastered city bus stops with ads declaring: "Human Rights for Women and Girls in Afghanistan: NATO, Keep the Progress Going!"

Worse still, Amnesty USA put on a "shadow summit" of its own during the NATO meeting, featuring Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton's notorious secretary of state, who will be forever remembered for her chilling response to a question on 60 Minutes about sanctions imposed on Iraq in the 1990s. Correspondent Lesley Stahl asked, "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" Albright responded, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it."

With a veritable war criminal as one of its star speakers, Amnesty USA's shadow summit launched a campaign that, for all intents and purposes, called for the extension of NATO's "good works" in Afghanistan. Its speakers and promotional materials recycled George Bush's "feminist" justification of the invasion and occupation--that NATO would liberate women from Taliban rule.

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