Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and retired Anglican Church archbishop of South Africa has called on the International Criminal Court to prosecute Tony Blair and George Bush for their role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Iraq war ‘has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,’ wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.
‘Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague,’ he added.
The NPR report notes that the ICC “does not currently have the jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of aggression,” and that the kind of prosecution Tutu mentions would “likely come under the aggression category.”
And then there’s the fact that the U.S., among other nations, doesn’t recognize the ICC.
Al Jazeera reports:
Tutu argued that different standards appeared to apply for prosecuting African leaders than western counterparts, and added that the death toll during and after the Iraq conflict was sufficient for Blair and Bush to face trial. …
‘The then-leaders of the United States [Bush] and Great Britain [Blair] fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart,’ he wrote.
‘They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us.’
(Desmond Tutu photo via The Elders)