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Thursday, June 04, 2009


A "war of choice"

President Obama in Cairo today openly acknowledged that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a "war of choice." What a lovely euphemism. I chose to wear a yellow shirt today and not a red shirt. I chose to eat chocolate ice cream and not strawberry. Those are "choices." A "war of choice" is better described with just a single word: "aggression."

"Wars of aggression" were described by Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg Trials in these famous words:

"To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
Will the international community act to bring the perpetrators of this "supreme international crime" to justice, now that the President of the United States has admitted that the invasion of Iraq was just such a war?

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