Behind me, CNN breathlessly awaits the verdict in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial, which was, by any standard, a farce. Meanwhile, Baghdad is under strict curfew, and the Iraqi government has cancelled all army leaves. Whatever the verdict, murder will follow.
It is a cruel irony that Iraqi civilians are less safe today than they were under Hussein’s regime. According to the British medical journal The Lancet, over 650,000 Iraqis have been killed since their country was invaded in 2003. This is as much an atrocity as any that Hussein committed during his reign.
In three days time U.S. voters will go to the polls, and it is widely expected that the Republican Party will lose control of both the House and Senate. Though good news, it isn't nearly good enough. It isn’t justice.
In my view, every single politician, Republican or Democrat, who voted to support the war in Iraq should be thrown out of office. Then, the whole sorry lot of them should be charged with aiding and abetting crimes against humanity, for that is precisely what they have done.
For my American readers, the roll call of votes by members of the House of Representatives is recorded here. The roll call of votes by members of the Senate is recorded here. Now please vote.