9.02.2012

archbishop tutu calls for bush and blair to stand trial at the hague

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a hero for peace.
The Iraq war “has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.

“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 added.

The Hague, Netherlands, based court is the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal and has been in operation for 10 years. So far it has launched prosecutions only in Africa, including in Sudan, Congo, Libya and Ivory Coast.

Tutu has long been a staunch critic of the Iraq war, while others opposed to the conflict — including playwright Harold Pinter — have previously called for Bush and Blair to face prosecution at the Hague.

“The then-leaders of the U.S. and U.K. 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,” said Tutu, who last week withdrew from a conference in South Africa due to Blair’s presence at the event.

3 comments:

johngoldfine said...

I certainly agree with Tutu's sentiment, his point, and his wish.

I object to "playground bullies" as trivializing the wickedness of these two men. And if there's to be a dock, let Rumsfeld and Cheney also stand in it.

laura k said...

I found that wording odd, too. And indeed, the list to be prosecuted is longer than these two hand puppets.

Apologies to puppets everywhere.

laura k said...

George Monbiot: We're one crucial step closer to seeing Tony Blair at The Hague.

Not really, but it's a nice thought and a good essay.