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John Howard is war criminal, says former colleague

Posted by lahar9jhadav on January 22, 2008

 american democracy in Iraq

A former federal Liberal Party president says Prime Minister John Howard should be tried and punished for war crimes over the Iraq conflict.

John Valder told a peace forum in Sydney yesterday the invasion of Iraq by the United States-led coalition was one of the great military atrocities of our time.

Mr Valder likened the war to a person breaking into a neighbour’s house.

If a person invaded a home, killing one or two of its occupants, and subsequently found no evidence for their bad behaviour, that person would be arrested and imprisoned, he said.

“Bush, Blair, and Howard, as leaders of the three members of the coalition of the willing, inflicted enormous suffering on the people of Iraq. And, as such, they are criminals,” Mr Valder said.

“I believe the only deterrent to a repetition of the Iraq situation is punishment in some form as war criminals.”

Labor, the Greens and the Australian Democrats also attended the forum, hosted by journalist Quentin Dempster.

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said the $US151.1 billion ($209.7 billion) spent so far by the US on financing the war in Iraq could have halved world hunger.


To: International Criminal Court

We, the undersigned, called for the indictment and prosecution of John Winston Howard (currently Australian Prime Minister) for acts of terrorism and war crimes.

We believe that under Australia’s Criminal Code Act 1995, and under the articles of the International Criminal Court, there is a prima facie case for the prosecution of Howard for complicity in illegal attacks upon and mass murder of civilian populations of Afghanistan and Iraq, between 2001 and 2005.

These prosecutions should include the following crimes, committed by the accused in their official capacities:

Complicity in the massacre of hundreds of civilians in Baghdad, Basra, Khormal, Babel, Nassariya, Najaf, Karbala and Anbar, in March 2003, through aerial bombardment, including cluster bombs, assisted by Australian ‘imagery specialists’

Complicity in the S.A.S. backed murder of ten Sabri tribespeople (mostly teenagers) in Afghanistan, 16 May 2002

Complicity in the massacre of between one thousand and three thousand prisoners, after US operation ‘Anaconda’ operation at Shah-i-Kot, Afghanistan, March 2002

Complicity in the maintenance of an international network of torture, from Pakistan to Iraq to Egypt to Guantanamo Bay (US-occupied Cuba)

Complicity in the criminal two attacks on the civilian population of Falluja, in April and November 2004 – where between one thousand and two thousand people were murdered in attacks which included the use of napalm, and the blockading of Falluja Hospital

We reject utterly the claim that any of these crimes could be carried out under any ‘democratic mandate’ from Australian citizens.

We urge responsible prosecution authorities such as the Australian DPP, and the International Criminal Court to take immediate action.

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