Sunday, January 11, 2004

The supreme international crime

Propaganda News Network takes issue with the latest Pilger, particularly with this bit:

[Blair's] latest tomfoolery about the "discovery" of "a huge system of clandestine weapons laboratories", which even the American viceroy in Baghdad mocked, would be astonishing, were it not merely another of his vapid attempts to justify his crime against humanity. (His crime, and George Bush's, is clearly defined as "supreme" in the Nuremberg judgment.)

PNN says "The Nuremberg trials finished in 1949. It would have been difficult for them to make a judgement against Tony Blair, considering he was only born 4 years later in 1953", but this is willfully missing the point (he's not called Propaganda News Network for nothing, it seems). Pilger is clearly referring to the Nuremberg ruling that initiating a war of aggression "is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

The "Coalition of the Willing"'s war on Iraq was just such a war, carried out in violation of the UN charter (which prohibits war except in immediate self-defence). If we regard the Nuremberg proceedings as anything more than victor's justice, then the conclusion is clear: Bush, Blair, and their accomplices in the executives of the United States and United Kingdom should stand trial.