The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder is a recently published book which has now reached the American bestseller lists without having received a single review in the mainstream American media.
Irony knowing no bounds, the New York Times reports that while the book is currently #16 in it's hardback non-fiction list, the paper itself (remember, all the news fit to print!) still hasn't reviewed it.
Neither has any other significant US newspaper or media outlet. Instead its sales have been fuelled by online and talk radio attention, such as this excerpt published on the massive American left-liberal blog, The Huffington Post.
Anyway, never mind the conspiracy theories (however justified), what about the book? Best summarised in this from Amazon.com:
"Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and three time #1 New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi has written the most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking book of his storied career.
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world."
The author himself asks:
"If Bush, in fact, intentionally misled this nation into war, what is the proper punishment for him? Since many Americans routinely want criminal defendants to be executed for murdering only one person, if we weren't speaking of the president of the United States as the defendant here, to discuss anything less than the death penalty for someone responsible for over 100,000 deaths would on its face seem ludicrous."
The President, of course, was a recent visitor to our own, ever so humble shores. Welcomed by our First and Deputy First Minister (neither of whom are strangers to a court of law), at least local Amnesty members managed to get the word out about the President's alleged criminal behaviour (see photo above and see YouTube video here – 1:14mins in).
But, given that the President is never likely to see the inside of a holding cell at the International Criminal Court (funnily enough, the US has not signed up), should Bush at least face trial in a domestic US court?
And if found guilty, would the President support the use of the death penalty against himself? (Well he does have some form: under his leadership, Texas executed 152 prisoners, more than under any other governor in modern American history.)
More seriously, is it currently possible for the world's (or the US or UK's) justice system to deal with a leader who is discovered to have spun / misled / dissembled / lied their country into war with catastrophic human and financial costs at home and abroad?
Really. I'm interested in your thoughts. Is it possible? And whether your answer is positive or negative, what should Amnesty International be doing to ensure justice?
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