Can President Bush Be Charged For War Crimes And Brought Before The The Hague Or Is He Too Powerful, And Beyond Justice?


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David P Hobart Profile
David P Hobart answered
President Bush will never be charged with war crimes as he is too powerful and beyond justice as you say. I am afraid that charging people with war crimes is used almost exclusively against the losers in a conflict never the winners. The Nazis were rightly charged and dealt with after the 2nd World War but you would have to be pretty naive to imagine that no war crimes were committed by the allies.
Christopher Adam Profile
It is highly unlikely that George Bush will ever be charged with war crimes and brought before a war crimes tribunal in the Hague. This is mainly because it would be very difficult to provide enough evidence in order to demonstrate that the US president was directly involved in a deliberate violation of the laws of war. Although some things that occurred in Iraq following the US led occupation, such as the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison, may implicate some US soldiers and generals, it would be impossible to prove that knowledge of these violations made it all the way to the president and that he sanctioned these actions in any way.

It should also be noted that the invasion of Iraq--even though nearly everyone now agrees that there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found--was not, in itself, a war crime. While Bush and his administration should rightly be held responsible for advocating an unnecessary war based on false evidence, there is really nothing here that would suggest that the US president was personally guilty of war crimes.
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patrick mc mullan
when you wrongly enter another mans country and bombard his people from thousands of miles up and killing thousands in the process, making it impossible to defend themselves. that to me is state terrorism and as leader he gave the go ahead. it is his duty to accept responsibility as a commander would for the actions of his soldiers. i wonder how many people joined al qaeda to get revenge for losing loved ones, and how many more soldiers died as a result of northern ireland the murder of 13 in derry swelled the ira ranks tenfold.
Christopher Adam
Christopher Adam commented
I agree that US actions in Iraq increased the strength of militant, terrorist organizations in the region and, of course, also that the US-led invasion was a total mistake and that atrocities were committed. At the same time, I do not think that the charge of war crimes against the president would stand at an international tribunal, unless a very compelling paper trail were found. In terms of aerial bombing, this has become standard warfare as of late--you might recall the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 during the Kosovo conflict. Granted, there were less fatalities then.
Johann w
Johann w commented
Lets not forget that both Bush and Cheney have admitted to authorizing and agreeing with the tourture in Abu Graib, Keeping in mind that the US executed Japanese officials after WWII for the exact same crime (Water Boarding) so I find it highly likely that they can be charged but only if the people push to have it happen. Sadly Apathy seems to be far too rife for that to happen.

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