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3/19/2013 1:05:00 PM
Letter: War anniversary brings questions of ‘mistakes’


Expressing it in biblical terms, this is the year of our Lord 2013. It is the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war.

Much hand-wringing and many exercises in reflection upon our collective, retrospective feelings about the war are occurring this year.

The primary question put forth by corporate media for consumption by the American people is whether the decision to go to war in Iraq was a “mistake.” The Military Industrial Complex [MIC] wants us to think about the war as a “mistake.”

This is supposed to cause Americans to engage in an examination of their feelings about the war and engender the appropriate contrition for the devastation of a country that had done no wrong to America; represented no existential threat to America or the American people and occurred because the President of the United States, Bush II [the war criminal] lied to the US Congress and the American people about the involvement of Iraq in the attack on American soil on September 11, 2001.

Furthermore, Bush II, in conjunction with his cabal of criminals lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] including ones that would create a “mushroom cloud” [clearly a reference to a nuclear explosive device].

The question that I want answered is whether the Iraq war was a “war crime.” Clearly, it was a war crime.

The effort to diminish the impact of the criminal behavior of the Bush administration by dismissing the Iraq war as a “mistake” is reprehensible.

Those who knowingly and willfully lied to the U.S. Congress and the American people to engage us in a war in Iraq [principally Bush II and his co-conspirators Dick Cheney; Condeleeza Rice; Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and others] are war criminals. In our constitutional republic and under international law, they are legally accountable for their war crimes.

They must be arrested, prosecuted and convicted of war crimes and imprisoned for those war crimes. Anything less is an insult to our constitutional form of government that allegedly relies upon the “rule of law” as the fundamental basis of our democracy.

By referring to the war as a “mistake,” we allow not only ourselves but also those war criminals that represented us, to dismiss it as something insignificant and seemingly unimportant. War crimes are important. They do matter. When we as a people accept that our leadership can engage in war crimes with impunity, we undermine our own freedom and demonstrate our willingness to surrender our democratic principles for political expediency and economic gain.

In acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the illegal and immoral Iraq war, let us never succumb to the temptation to dismiss the war as a “mistake.”

John A. Bond


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: danny montoya

Poor Johnny's little leftist head will explode when he turns on this decades news and takes note that his hero,Obama is now sounding the war drums to bomb syria for non existant weapons of mass destruction...oh wait..liberals dont mind when obama slaughters tens of thouands in libya, with obamas WAR of agression with ZERO congressional approval, or Obamas war on pakistani civilians with predator drones. OR Obama war on AMERICAN CITIZENS. I'm sure ole johnny hold Bush, somehow responsible for the death of Jesus Christ too..Im amazed johnny isnt beating on Bushs door trying to get some attention with some michael moore/sean penn/ johnny bond citizens arrest stunt.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

@ More nonsense

You can call Iraq anything you want, but you can't call it a democracy. Al Malaki is just another dictator, except he seems to be friendly with Iran (Sadam wasn't).

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: P F

@ Mr. Dwyer

When you say, "Real story," you mean one with which you agree, right? History is wrought with "real stories' from all sides.

LBJ lied about the attacks in the Gulf of Tonkien he used as a pretext for war in Viet Nam.

In 1968, Nixon 'saw light at the end of the tunnel,' in Viet Nam and was elected on that premise. The war dragged on for 7 more years.

58,000+ dead, just on our side.

W. Bush lied about WMDs and we still count the dead in Iraq.

One can spin it as they wish and delude themselves saying they acted in good faith on the best information available for the good of the country.

But then, one would also have to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy just to be consistent.

Bottom line: should not elected officials, cynically responsible for the deaths of thousands be held accountable to some moral or legal standard?

After all, we hold people responsible and imprison them for association with accidental deaths and call it 'manslaughter."

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Dwyer Dwyer

John Bond is at it again with his selective memory and the re-write of history. For those that are interested in the real history of our Iraq involvement and the reasons for it, read the main editorial in the Wall street Journal, Wednesday, March 20th. Nothing mentioned suggests to me a " war crime."

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Guess you totally FORGOT this little TIDBIT of history . . .

Guess who PUT Saddam Hussain in POWER?

None other than the United States of Amerikka!

We only took him out cause he NATIONALIZED Iraqi OIL. You REALLY think we give a crap about him being a DICATATOR?


What a SHEEPLE . . .

Don't you know the people of Iraq HATE US for destroying their country for PROFIT?


Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

War's entered by the USA are a product of hugh corporations and profits therein.
Haliberton.Lockhead,Rayethon etc.War is great for the economy,but terrible for the fighting
man or woman.Pawns of the bigger picture.
Chinas making our Flags,and most of our products.The beauty in that is if our economy
fails their economy will be worse.
The US doesn't mind helping those who will fight for freedom,but to get caught up in a war
for oil etc is inexcusable.We have enough energy for another 100yrs and need to explore
for it aggressively.That is now happening and jobs are available in Texas and S Dakota for 2.
Contacts that we signed and Treaties must be
kept to insure free countries aren't Hitlerized right under our nose.We will continue to fight for our allies and not turn a cold shoulder.So
stand tall and be proud that we as a people
care about our neighbors and will fight for the vonerable nations.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: More nonsense from Bond

Not only was the the use of military force in Iraq legally authorized first by President Clinton, then approved by congress (including votes of support from Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden) and then authorized by President Bush, the action was also supported by countless UN resolutions and dozens of other countries.

Moreover, let's be clear that what we did in Iraq was in fact the morally correct thing to do.

We removed from power a hated dictator who murdered tens of thousands of his own people, invaded his neighboring countries, paid off families of suicide terrorists who murdered innocent people, and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction.

And perhaps most importantly, we brought freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people, who strongly supported what we did to get rid of Saddam.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

In March of 2003, inspectors had already scoured much of Iraq’s most likely WMD hiding places and they found nothing. They asked for a little more time to complete their task. The Commander and Chief apparently seeing his rationale for invasion slipping away, told inspectors to get out of the country so he could launch the invasion. He was in a big, damn hurry to invade Iraq even though the military was not prepared for anything but a quick, decisive “victory”. Life lesson: When you are not prepared, don’t be in a hurry.

Of course, folks like G.W. aren’t interested in good advice. Why should they be? They are in control of the most powerful military in the history of mankind.

Interviewed at the time by Bob Woodward, the president was asked about his legacy with regard to the war. Mr. Bush responded that it was not his concern because he would no longer be here. Huh?

Leaving his moral motivation aside, this “graduate” of Harvard Business School made a beginner’s mistake when he cut tax revenue at the same time he dramatically increased war spending. This was the exact opposite of fiscal conservatism which demands that one pay for what one uses without the need for borrowing.

Evil or not, we all know now what some of us could see clearly in 2000: George Bush was never qualified for this job.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

There was an earlier war where brave Arizonans fought and died on a foreign battlefield. The perpetrators of that war destroyed their country and decimated their people. That war was WWII.
Some men and their supporters have chosen to disrespect the sacrifices of Arizonans in that war. They have chosen to dishonor the ancestors of Arizonans. The community needs to step up against this.
So stop, John, don't ask anything of the sons and daughters of Arizona until you can show respect for their ancestors because in this case silence in not golden.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

You talk yourself right on through that whole thing we call due process, and conclude 5 individuals (& others?) be incarcerated for.....? I agree that we were lied to about the threat level, and stated out loud when Op.DStorm was announced that these politician-warriors had no idea what they were getting us into, but I also know we will never know the whole story. So to simply blame a system you call the MIC, and the bobbleheads that were put on TV for us to see & hear, only reaffirms your sheeple status.
If the issue is crimes committed by Presidents then I'll start with Lincoln's, or how about Reagan letting the Iran Hostages languish until his inauguration after paying the ransom (Ollie did it before the election), or maybe we could start with the latest crime we're still calling Bengaze?

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