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Sorry I don't have an exact link to the article, but I recently read in the Toronto Star that a government group in Belgium proposed charging Bush and company as war criminals over the war in Iraq. Opinions?



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Well on the other side of the fence, NORWAY nominated Bush and Blair for the Nobel Peace Prize, so hindsight is 20/20.




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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Sorry I don't have an exact link to the article, but I recently read in the Toronto Star that a government group in Belgium proposed charging Bush and company as war criminals over the war in Iraq. Opinions?
I'm pretty sure you read that wrong.



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Well the U.S got another year long exemption from War Crimes just a few days ago. Because we all know this past year how responsible the United States were with this past exemption... Could be worse I guess, they could have gotten the PERMANENT exemption they were going for.



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#5 Posted on
    Originally posted by CRZ

      Originally posted by Big Bad
      Sorry I don't have an exact link to the article, but I recently read in the Toronto Star that a government group in Belgium proposed charging Bush and company as war criminals over the war in Iraq. Opinions?
    I'm pretty sure you read that wrong.


Partialy wrong I guess. I read something along those lines a few weeks back, but it wasn't government backed, someting about a lawyer or something.

A quick search on google turns up the fact it is a lawyer in Belgium and the charge is against US general Tommy Franks.


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Some Iraqis brought war crime charges in Belgium courts. They were dismissed.
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"War crimes" are just simply a means for the 'winner' of the war to punish the 'loser' of the war. That's not how they are written, but in practice, that is generally how it works.



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The problem is that Belgium will accept war crimes charges from any country and any conflict anywhere. Officially, the Franks case has been shipped off to US courts, so it's basically dead in the water.



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Even if there is a trial on war crimes do the defendants have to show up? I can't see a African Warlord taking the time away from killing people, to be punished by people that he doesn't know of or even care if they exist.

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Just because people are brought up on charges by Belguim doesn't mean they will care. Belguim is ignoring the sovereignty of other countries and the charges usually have no basis and are just frivolous. Unless the one brought up on charges plans on visiting Belguim, they have nothing to worry about and can just ignore those silly charges.

I think I remember the charges brought agaisnt Franks being dismissed by the courts like a week later.



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Whether the charges are bogus or not (and I have grave doubts that a US court would look seriously at ANY accusation of war crimes against a US citizen) doesn't really matter, it's not like we'd let them have Tommy Franks. Hell, how many years now has Henry Kissinger been an international fugitive because of Cambodia?

Oh, and the irony of claiming that Belgium is ignoring the sovereignty of other countries in an inquiry when we've just finished storming into one for what are very likely to wind up being completely bogus reasons is delicious.



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Actually going to the site in question points out the following: 1.) It only measures sales of conventional weapons and not the chemical or biological weaponry that the United States did sell Iraq. 2.)
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