1. Planning, preparing, and waging the supreme crime of a war of aggression in contravention of the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg
I agree we broke the law.
2. Targeting the civilian population of Iraq and civilian infrastructure by intentionally directing attacks upon civilians and hospitals, medical
centers, residential neighborhoods, electricity stations, and water purification facilities. The complete destruction of the city of Fallujah in
itself constitutes a glaring example of such crimes.
Deliberate targeting of civilian poupulation?
Funny last time I heard the last UK soldiers charged with warcrimes where put in prison, gee thats not really reported is it..
How can you not aim at civilians when the enemy uses them as shields?
How can you fight an enemy who hides amognst civilians?
3. Using disproportionate force and weapon systems with indiscriminate effects, such as cluster munitions, incendiary bombs, depleted uranium (DU),
and chemical weapons.
Who decides what is "apropriate" force?
4. Using DU munitions in spite of all the warnings presented by scientists and war veterans on their devastating long-term effects on human beings and
I do not approve of using DU munitions but show me a better weapon?
5. Failing to safeguard the lives of civilians during military activities and during the occupation period thereafter. This is evidenced, for example,
by “shock and awe” bombing techniques and the conduct of occupying forces at checkpoints.
BS, we've lost lives because we "safeguarded" civilian lives.
6. Actively creating conditions under which the status of Iraqi women has seriously been degraded, contrary to the repeated claims of the leaders of
the coalition forces.
So thats why iraqi men complain about our women in the armed forces not being covered up?
7. Using deadly violence against peaceful protestors, including the April 2003 killing of more than a dozen peaceful protestors in Fallujah.
Umm yeah ok, you mean when they came under fire from about 25 armed insurgents hiding in the crowd, or are the insurgents not willing to use human
8. Imposing punishments without charge or trial, including collective punishment, on the people of Iraq. Repeated testimonies pointed to “snatch and
grab” operations, disappearances and assassinations.
I am unware of any UK soldiers arresting people after the war was done.
9. Subjecting Iraqi soldiers and civilians to torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. Degrading treatment includes subjecting Iraqi
soldiers and civilians to acts of racial, ethnic, religious, and gender discrimination, as well as denying Iraqi soldiers Prisoner of War status as
required by the Geneva Conventions.
You mean the soldiers who where charged?
Yeah sure they done the above but they done so alone.
Unless ofcourse your trying to say that UK soldiers didnt give food medicine and water at the prison points, nor did they give the soldiers a chance
to flee the battlefield before hand?
10. Re-writing the laws of a country that has been illegally invaded and occupied, in violation of international covenants on the responsibilities of
occupying powers, in order to amass illegal profits (through such measures as Order 39, signed by L. Paul Bremer III for the Coalition Provisional
Authority, which allows foreign investors to buy and takeover Iraq’s state-owned enterprises and to repatriate 100 percent of their profits and
assets at any point) and to control Iraq’s oil.
I am not familiar with this, will investigate.
11. Willfully devastating the environment, contaminating it by depleted uranium (DU) weapons, combined with the plumes from burning oil wells, as well
as huge oil spills, and destroying agricultural lands. Deliberately disrupting the water and waste removal systems, in a manner verging on
biological-chemical warfare. Failing to prevent the looting and dispersal of radioactive material from nuclear sites. Extensive documentation is
available on air and water pollution, land degradation, and radioactive pollution.
You mean the sites that where looted before coalition forces got there but then stopped the looting and the oil fires started by the iraqi army before
But then ofcourse these acts when they are done dont get comented nor do they get noticed do they?
I havent heard of UK troops using BIO nor CHEM warfare...
12. Failing to protect humanity’s rich archaeological and cultural heritage in Iraq by allowing the looting of museums and established historical
sites and positioning military bases in culturally and archeologically sensitive locations. This took place despite prior warnings from UNESCO and
Iraqi museum officials.
So thats why one high ranking military officer specifically stated how full of culture iraq was and how his men and women where to respect it ?
You also mean the looting that was stopped by UK forces.
13. Obstructing the right to information, including the censoring of Iraqi media, such as newspapers (e.g., al-Hawza, al-Mashriq, and al-Mustaqila)
and radio stations (Baghdad Radio), the shutting down of the Baghdad offices of Al Jazeera Television, targeting international journalists,
imprisoning and killing academics, intellectuals and scientists.
Killing academics, intellectuals and scientists?
Do you also mean state run or propaganda newspapers, unless ofcourse you want us to take total control of iraq by means of propaganda...which isnt
that hard to do.
14. Redefining torture in violation of international law, to allow use of torture and illegal detentions, including holding more than 500 people at
Guantánamo Bay without charging them or allowing them any access to legal protection, and using “extraordinary renditions” to send people to be
tortured in other countries known to commit human rights abuses and torture prisoners.
This is a US problem and not a UK , the UK does not sanction torture.
15. Committing a crime against peace by violating the will of the global anti-war movement. In an unprecedented display of public conscience millions
of people across the world stood in opposition to the imminent attack on Iraq.
Worse crimes against peace are commited everyday, there is no mention.
Yet ofcourse when the worlds 2 most powerful democracies do it , its a different story..
16. Engaging in policies to wage permanent war on sovereign nations. Syria and Iran have already been declared as potential targets. In declaring a
“global war on terror,” the US government has given itself the exclusive right to use aggressive military force against any target of its
choosing. Ethnic and religious hostilities are being fueled in different parts of the world.
So your saying that countries now lack the free will to use agressive military force against anyone it seesas a threat in self defence...yes I'm sure
thats not breaking international law.
Yet again, many of these charges are made in generilisations , if we ( the UK) done the same politicaly and legaly we would have commited warcrimes on
[edit on 26/02/2005 by devilwasp]