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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Some chickens, some roosting

The tide may be turning within the US. The current Iraq policy is a shambles and the country is largely controlled by insurgents. George W. Bush is being challenged like never before and increasing number of senators want to discuss an exit strategy.

Prime Minister John Howard should be similarly challenged.

Next step is an international court of justice for the likes of Bush, Blair and Howard. They deserve little better than prison scraps.

10 Comments:

Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"The current Iraq policy is a shambles and the country is largely controlled by insurgents."

About a month or so ago on ABC's Radio National an Iraqi political analyst was being interviewed (you get so much more insight from these guys compared to some US private think-tank blow-in). His analysis was hideously complex. Paraphrasing and simplifying, one of the thousand points he made was there were three national powers operating in Iraq. The US and the UK were two of them. The third was Iran, operating at the "grass roots" level. He claimed that for Iran, destabilisation - a kind of "divide and conquer" strategy - is the name of the game.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:18:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Oh come on AL

Little Johnny got it wrong sending Australia into the Iraq war but suggesting that he go before an international court, presumably for war crimess, is a tad far fetched.

I understand that Australian forces have been paying considerable amounts (by Iraqi standards) of compensation money for the handful of Iraqi's injured by mistake by the Australian army.

I can't recall any lethal firefights Australians have been involved in.

As Howards main "crime" is backing Bush then putting Howard on trial will only accelerate the day when some worse Liberal (Abbott?) or bomber Beazley takes the PM posi and continues Australia's involvement.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 1:07:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

"international court" may be a extreme, but he did deliberately lie the country into participating in the war, against overwhelming opposition.

That has to be reason enough for removing him from office.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:19:00 am  
Blogger boredinHK said...

AL,
Would you recommend we add a few mullahs to the list for prosecution at the
'international' court?
As Edward M-S wrote "The US and the UK were two of them. The third was Iran, operating at the "grass roots" level. He claimed that for Iran, destabilisation - a kind of "divide and conquer" strategy - is the name of the game "

Supplying weapons to those who kill Iraqis in Iraq is a crime regardless of the source isn't it ?

Thursday, November 17, 2005 10:07:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Yes, Howard is far from alone, but until Western leaders, involved in illegal, unprovoked wars, are brought before international justice, the international system will not function properly.
And we are getting closer to that day.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 10:12:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I really do hope you're right AL. It seems the leaders in the US and the UK are feeling the heat, but the tide seems far from tuurning Australia.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 12:35:00 pm  
Blogger georgekotzabasis said...

After the aphrodisiac of "withindrawal" that these senators entered with their quintogenerian virility Bush's declaration of war in full support, now that the going is tough, as wet wimps are discussing their withdrawal.

Mistakes galore, the fact is that Iraq now, is the frontline of global terror. Anyone who believes that the West has no option but to fight this menace, must realise, that a withdrawal from Iraq now, without the defeat of the insurgents, would be the greatest strategic mistake, surpassing by a great order of magnitude, all the errors the Americans made post April 2003, at the defeat of Saddam.

An exit strategy would only embolden global terror, and increase its danger against the West.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:27:00 pm  
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Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:42:00 pm  
Blogger theswanker said...

So long as the pricks that run Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea, China, Turkmenistan (the list goes on) are also indicted.

Friday, November 18, 2005 12:10:00 pm  
Blogger Davo said...

Well I'm sure if we actually had an opposition in Australia (THe labour party don't count) then [perhaps a challenge could be mad.

Friday, November 18, 2005 7:28:00 pm  

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