[Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the UN, and now King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the nation once Bush’s closest ally apart from Israel in the Middle East, have declared the U.S. led invasion and occupation of Iraq to be illegal. This is no light matter. To quote the new Secretary General as reported in the article below:

“Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations gave a stark assessment in an address to the meeting, saying the region was “more complex, more fragile and more dangerous than it has been for a very long time.”

“There is a shocking daily loss of life in Iraq, he said, and Somalia is in the grip of “banditry, violence and clan rivalries.”

“Iran, which on Saturday had new sanctions imposed against it by the Security Council, is “forging ahead with its nuclear program heedless of regional and international concerns,” Mr. Ban added.”

Apart from Tony (Me-too) Blair, the above comments more or less reflect the views of the rest of the world: Bush launched an unjust war, has created chaos in the Middle East, and clearly meets the criteria for being a war criminal as outlined by international law and the institutions devised to enforce it — for which he apparently is being formally charged both in Germany and in Spain thus far:


All of the above does not bode well for us Americans. Immediately after 9/11 we bore both the sympathy and respect of most of the global community as a terrible victim of an attack by terrorists. We were seen as its moral as well as military leader. Now we are symbolized by Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib as the super power that violates the most inviolate international standards of human rights — those against unjust wars and against torture!!! Most embarrassing of all our chief legal officer, Gonzalez, hangs there swinging in the breeze as Bush’s personal lawyer buddy who has encouraged these and other egregious violations both of international law and of our own Constitution!

Yes, democracy does seem to be arriving in the Middle East — but it is a version of democracy that views the U.S. as a part of an evil axis of torturers, murderers, and advocates of the worst imaginable violations of standards of the rule of law and justice that have taken centuries to evolve in the Western world!

And so Bush goes down the tubes — and one hopes that we are not going to go with him. Shame on us! Ed Kent]


U.S. Iraq Role Is Called Illegal by Saudi King
King Abdullah’s speech at a meeting of Arab leaders
underscored growing differences between Saudi Arabia and
the Bush administration.


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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