Could Obama’s decision to VETO the Saudi Responsibility bill have something to do with the quashed Chilcot Report in which the UK’s M-16 was found to be grossly negligent in instigating a war in Iraq without cause?
The Chilcot Report took 7 years to complete and release! And we missed it… How did that happen?
Because timing is everything. The release coincided with Brexit and the media decided it wasn’t news, it was too old now and no one cared. The death toll from the Iraq War is guestimated at 500,000 to one million, which includes over 36,000 from the US.
“The document stated that Saddam Hussein did not pose an urgent threat to British interests, that intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction was presented with unwarranted certainty, that peaceful alternatives to war had not been exhausted, that the United Kingdom and United States had undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council, that the process of identifying the legal basis was “far from satisfactory”, and that a war in 2003 was unnecessary.“
I would say that qualified as ‘NEWS’.
If the UK and the US collaborate on instigating a war with another country, and the UN finds there is ‘No Legal Basis’, that opens Pandora’s Box for all kinds of lawsuits. Which have already begun:
Families of UK soldiers killed have united in a class action against Tony Blair in a civil suit alleging he abused his power by knowingly advancing a war that had no legal basis. Damages for these wrongful deaths are considered ‘unlimited’. During Blair’s reign as Prime Minister, he managed to accumulate a staggering wealth of over 60million pounds – which today would equate to about $79 million. Not a bad take for Prime Minister…
A lawsuit in US courts that was previously denied may be reignited with additional plaintiffs as a result of the Report. The initial suit in 2013 was Saleh vs. Bush, a refugee mother of four brought the suit against Bush, Chenney, Rice and Powell. Obama dismissed the case claiming the defendants were acting within the ‘scope of their employment’. The employer would thus be the US Government which has sovereign immunity – the same immunity the Saudis claim in the bombing of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
The precedents would include; the Nuremberg Trials in which government officials were held accountable, Human Rights violations, and violation of International Law.
Had Obama allowed that immunity to be cut open with the Saudis the US and the UK would become satiated in lawsuits!
International Law states: After a conflict has ended, persons who have committed or ordered any breach of the laws of war, especially atrocities, may be held individually accountable for war crimes through process of law. Also, nations which signed the Geneva Conventions are required to search for, then try and punish, anyone who has committed or ordered certain “grave breaches” of the laws of war.
In addition, under the terms there are three principals; Military Necessity, Distinction and Proportionality.
Military Necessity means there must be clear and concise evidence of the need for military action.
Distinction means the combatants must wear clothing that identifies them.
Proportionality means that the resultant harm to civilians and property must not be excessive in relation to the military objective.
According to the Chilcot Report, the UK intelligence M-16 knowingly passed flawed evidence, Blair knowingly passed this same evidence to Bush and Bush knowingly pushed for war despite being warned that the evidence was faulty and inconclusive.
“The report found that in the run-up to the war, peaceful diplomatic options to avoid instability and WMD proliferation had not been exhausted, and that the war was therefore “not a last resort”. Intervention might have become necessary later, but in 2003,Saddam Hussein did not pose an immediate threat and the majority of the UN Security Council supported the continuation of UN weapons inspections and monitoring.“
So, while the Saudis will skate, the US and the UK may find themselves the brunt of international lawsuits. The US estimate of damages to Iraq as a result of the war are stated to be between $1 and $3 trillion. Nearly 2 million Iraqis fled and became refugees, 2.65 million were uprooted from their homes, and the economy lost 27 years of economic progress.
But hey – the media finds this all rather – boring news, I mean, like Hillary, “They’re already dead…”.