With Georgie’s body count hitting 1,241 U.S. dead (and 120 in November alone), Sunni insurgents releasing their greatest hits on DVD just in time for the holidays, and reports from Fallujah of U.S. forces using napalm and phosphorus bombs against civilians, the Canadians are just itching to charge Chimpy with war crimes when he visits our neighbors to the north next month:
An international legal group called Lawyers Against the War has asked federal Immigration Minister Judy Sgro to declare U.S. President George Bush an inadmissable person to Canada under federal immigration legislation. Gail Davidson, a Vancouver lawyer and cofounder of LAW, told the Straight that Bush has been accused of war crimes, which is grounds for refusing someone entry into Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. She added that her group is examining the possibility of laying criminal charges privately against Bush while he is in Canada on November 30.
On November 19, Davidson and Michael Mandel, an Osgoode Hall law professor and member of LAW, wrote to Prime Minister Paul Martin alleging that Bush committed the Nuremberg Tribunal’s “supreme international crime” by waging an aggressive war against Iraq in defiance of international law and the United Nations Charter. They accused Bush of “systematic and massive violations of the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”.
Canada has ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a “companion” domestic law called the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. In their November 19 letter, Davidson and Mandel warned Martin that by inviting Bush to Canada, the prime minister may be “abetting” the Bush administration’s war crimes.
“As such, you and your colleagues could be personally liable to prosecution under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act by virtue of section 21 of the Canadian Criminal Code, for crimes so serious that they are punishable in Canada by up to life imprisonment,” the two LAW members wrote.
Our NATO allies in Turkey are also telling it like it is in Fallujah:
A leading lawmaker from Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Thursday accused the United States of committing “genocide” in the Iraqi rebel stronghold of Fallujah.
“The US is committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Iraq,” the Anatolia news agency quoted Mehmet Elkatmis, who chairs the parliament’s human rights commission, as saying.