- Michelle Rosenthal
- Brooklyn, NY
- United States
social worker, Dr Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
There are many websites calling for Bush and Cheney to be put on trial for war crimes and to still be impeached. What do you think?
Do you think that G W Bush and Cheney should be placed on trial for war crimes or should we be thankful to them for taking decisive actions to protect America against a looming threat?
Before both Gulf wars I called the White House Comments line and organized prayer groups requesting the then presidents just request a trial of Saddam Hussein for crimes that he may have been guilty of rather than to initiate a war.
My simple advice was not taken but should it have been? Should we try end war through the legal process of trial? Even if Saddam Hussein did not appear in court could he not have been tried in abstentia? Wouldn't this have been a better option for all humanity over all in this case and over and over again in the future?
Think of how many innocent lives would have been spared and how many trillions of dollars would have been saved if this one simple suggestion would have been listened to. Is this concept too naive or is it the right thing to do in the future?
Are we are going to be headed for many more wars in the future to defend against a potential of a first strike that has not actually happened.
Could I have advocated more for the use of the judicial process to avoid the wars? In reality all protests were ignored and all international rules of law were ignored. Could humanity have said or did anything to have impacted on this decision to go to war?. I ask how do we nonviolently stop an unstoppable force that may use propaganda to convince the nation and the world that a war is needed and justified when in fact it may not be.
Please see the NY Times Article: http://www.nytimes-se.com/2009/07/04/court-indicts-bush-on-high-treason-charge/