Bush, Blair should stand trial for war crimes: Egypt MPs

Jul 9, 2016

The file photo shows a view of the Egyptian parliament.

 The file photo shows a view of the Egyptian parliament.

Egyptian lawmakers have called for former British prime minister Tony Blair and ex-US president George W. Bush to be put on trial for war crimes as a newly released report challenged the legality of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

The Egyptian parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs made the request in a statement released on Friday, two days after Sir John Chilcot’s long-awaited report of his inquiry into the UK’s participation in the Iraq war found that the military intervention was based on flawed intelligence.

The Chilcot report “has exposed the false reasons which … Bush and … Blair had exploited to wage their illegitimate war against Iraq,” the statement read, adding that the war on Iraq left over one million people dead and millions more injured and displaced.

Bush and Blair “should be put on trial as war criminals not only because they are the ones who trumpeted the reasons for this war, but also because they should be held responsible for the deaths of millions of Iraqis since 2003,” the statement added.

The 6,000-page Chilcot report concluded on Wednesday that London joined the US-led invasion of Iraq before diplomatic options were exhausted.

There was “no imminent threat from [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam Hussein” in March 2003 and military action was “not a last resort,” it added.

Britain’s then prime minister Tony Blair meets UK troops in Umm Qasr, Iraq, May 29, 2003. ©Reuters

Elsewhere in their statement, the Egyptian MPs said “Bush committed his crimes in Iraq amid silence” in the US, a self-proclaimed flag bearer of democracy and human rights.

They also noted that the Chicot report exposed the ceaseless Western plots against the Arab, the Persian Gulf and the Middle Eastern countries.

“These conspiracies aim at plundering the riches of this region, enslaving its peoples and plunging them into constant troubles,” the statement read.

The Egyptian lawmakers further recommended that the Arab League and the upcoming 27th Arab summit issue strong statements against Western military interventions in the Arab World and to press the United Nations to adopt this principle.

In early 2003, the US, strongly backed by the UK, invaded Iraq under the pretext that the regime of Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were ever found in Iraq.

More than one million Iraqis were killed as a result of the invasion, and subsequent occupation of the country, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.

Comment:

Reader 2 hours ago
To me what I thing the Arab league should draw from this report is not to press for charges because they can’t have the kind of punishment they want passed on those criminals. The Arab league leaders and governments should know that the circle still continues and their countries are still being destabilized by successors of these same criminals in different forms.

They should Unit and tell Europe and the US to leave their region with one voice. They have cause enormous damage and destruction already and no amount of apology will bring back the more than million lives lost and injured, talk less of the country’s infrastructure destroyed. The leaders of the Arab league and governments should now tell EU and US to leave them alone and stop supporting terrorist groups they created in the region with the help of some governments such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Turkey etc.

If this article is sincere and coming from the Egyptian parliament as said, then they should join forces to rid the region of puppet governments that do not serve the interest of the citizens rather that clamoring for two individuals to be put to jail.

Stop talking and put action on the table to be seen. “Some of you are back stabbers”. I wish a day should come where these so called big countries and democracies stop interfering in internal matters of other countries. These poor countries need wise leaders.

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