What follows are the reasons we should believe that George Walker Bush, forty-third President of the United States, hereafter refered to as Bush, should be arrested. We want this because we want America to be great.
Attacking people without provocation is wrong. This is a fundamental part of the law of the United States and the English Common Law upon which it is based. Anyone who attacks people without provocation is fit to be arrested, tried and convicted.
Regime change, or, by its former name, regicide, is not lawful, but this was the aim of the Bush administration. Murdering foreign rulers we do not like is not legal. If we take the "Golden Rule" and think Do Unto Others As We Would Have Them Do Unto Us then we can agree that since we don't want foreign governments launching "decapitation attacks" against the American government, we should not do it to them.
The Bush administration spent many months trying to convince the world that war should be made upon the state of Iraq. During these months the United States initiated Operation Southern Focus in order, it seems in part, to provoke an Iraqi response which would help justify the war. The "no-fly zones" were purely an invention of the United States and the United Kingdom and had no basis in international law. Bush and his friends were simply asserting that "might makes right" and, as such, acted no better than barbarians and acted in contradiction to any standards of civilization emerging in the last few thousand years.
The assault on Fallujah in November, 2004, was a clear war crime by international standards and, alone, stands as sufficient reason to arrest former President George Walker Bush. A brief recounting of the order of events is appropriate. American marines killed 15 Iraqis during a raid. Two days later Bremer shut down an Iraqi newspaper which was criticizing the American government of Iraq. Four Blackwater(now X/E) contractors were killed and Bremer vowed the deaths would "not go unpunished." Rumsfeld went to Bush and asked for an "overwhelming" operation to seize Fallujah which Bush approved. The operation was a complete failure since it killed many innocent civilians and captured none of the killers of the X/E contractors. Six months later a new assault, the war crime, was launched on the city of Fallujah. "If they do not turn in al-Zarqawi and his group, we will carry out operations in Fallujah," and "We will not be lenient" were the words of US-appointed Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. The US surrounded the city and let women, children and the elderly leave but kept the military-aged men inside the city Electricity was cut for the entire population, the 10s of thousands of innocents and the few responsible for the deaths of the X/E contractors, the day before the battle began. Then the attack on those who could not flee, the men and the infirm, began. The battle raged for a week during which time nobody in Fallujah could shop for groceries or appear on the street without facing the risk of being shot dead for the sole crime of being alive and in their home city. This is, clearly and without a shadow of a doubt, "collective punishment," illegal under the 33rd Article of the Fourth Geneva Convention to which the United States of America is a signatory. I wonder what the military calls that kind of operation. "Fish in a barrel," perhaps?
There is no mailing list for this website. There is no media contact information page. If you like this page, link to it. A good roundup of the first assault on Fallujah appears in Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book, Imperial Life In the Emerald City and, in my first Vintage Books paperback edition from 2007, it is on pages 308-313.