The recent decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to indict Russian President Vladimir Putin for crimes committed during the Ukrainian conflict highlights a stark contrast with the lack of accountability for the United States catastrophic decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Despite the war being launched based on lies and false claims, the US leaders responsible for the devastating consequences have yet to face justice. While Putin is held accountable, why are Bush, Blair, and their associates still at large?
The Iraq War of 2003 was a catastrophic conflict that was based on lies and false claims, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people and widespread chaos that continues to this day. It’s time for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions, including former US President George W. Bush, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and other officials involved in the decision-making process.
The justifications for the Iraq War were based on the belief that Saddam Hussein’s regime possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and posed a threat to global security. However, this was a lie, and the intelligence used to support this claim was manipulated and misrepresented.
The consequences of this decision have been catastrophic for Iraq and the wider region. The invasion of Iraq destabilized the country, leading to sectarian violence and terrorism that continues to this day. It has also contributed to the rise of extremist groups like ISIS, which have wreaked havoc in the region and beyond.
The damage caused by the Iraq War has been immense. According to estimates, the war cost the US more than $2 trillion, and over 4,000 US soldiers lost their lives. In Iraq, the death toll is estimated to be over 150,000, and millions of people have been displaced or forced to flee their homes.
Those responsible for this catastrophic decision must be held accountable for their actions. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has the authority to investigate and prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The following people should be investigated and held accountable for their actions:
- George W. Bush, former President of the United States, was the leader of his country during the Iraq War and played a key role in its planning and execution. He was responsible for selling the war to the public and the international community based on false claims and manipulated intelligence.
- Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was also a key player in the decision to invade Iraq. He supported Bush’s plan to go to war and helped to sell the war to the UK public and Parliament.
- Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States, played a critical role in shaping the policy and public messaging that led to the war. He was one of the key architects of the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq and was responsible for promoting the false narrative of WMDs.
- Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, was a key figure in the Bush administration and helped to make the case for the Iraq War to the United Nations. He relied on manipulated intelligence to make the case for war.
- Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, was another key figure in the Bush administration and played a critical role in planning and executing the war.
- Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, was a key architect of the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq and helped to promote the false narrative of WMDs.These individuals were instrumental in the decision to go to war in Iraq, which was based on lies and false claims. They played critical roles in shaping the policy and public messaging that led to the catastrophic decision to invade Iraq.
It’s time for the ICC to investigate and hold these individuals accountable for their actions. The consequences of the Iraq War have been devastating and continue to be felt to this day. The victims of this catastrophic decision deserve justice. It’s time for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions and brought to justice in the International Criminal Court.